Top Jazz Albums of 2008


Time for 2008 lists, here's my top five:

Charles Lloyd — Rabo De Nube
Ellis Marsalis — An Open Letter To Thelonious
Carla Bley Big Band - Appearing Nightly
Sonny Rollins — Road Shows, Vol.1
Mike LeDonne - Five Live
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Satoko Fujii Trio-Trace a River
Mauger (Mahanthapa,Dresser,Hemmingway)-The Beautiful Enabler
Vijay Iyer-Tragicomic
Fieldwork-Door
Todd Sickafoose-Tiny Resistors
Abdullah Ibrahim - Senzo
E.S.T. - Leucocyte
Avishai Cohen Trio - Gently Disturbed
E_L_B (Erskine/Lé/Benita) - Dream Flight
Fresu/Galliano/Lundgren - Mare Nostrum
Just got the new Roy Hargrove - Earfood disk a couple of days ago. This one should be on anyone's list of top disks for the year.

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Terence Blanchard - "A Tale of God's Will"
Christian Scott - "Live at Newport"

Not Jazz, but I have to Mention it - Klaus Schulze and Lisa Gerrard - "Farscape"
"The Art and Soul of Houston Person" is my pick.

A 3-CD set with lots of standards (Porter, Kern, Ellington, Rodgers et al), well played and exceptionally well recorded.