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
Satoko Fujii Trio-Trace a River
Mauger (Mahanthapa,Dresser,Hemmingway)-The Beautiful Enabler
Vijay Iyer-Tragicomic
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.

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.
Christian Mcbride - Live at Tonic
Kenny Garret-sketches in MD
Roy hargrove- earfood
Mccoy Tyner - Guitars
Brad Mehldau - Live
Charles Lloyd
Bill Frisell- history mystery
Orchestra Baobab- Made in Dakar- world music 'jazz'
I'll add a cheer for Roy Hargrove. Just picked it up last night. Great CD. Great bass, soundstaging and music. Can't go wrong here.
Lots of good music out there. These have found their place in my rotation this year:
1. Female Jazz - Lizz Wright "The Orchard"
2. Piano Jazz- Brad Mehldau Trio "Live"
3. Guitar Jazz - Earl Klugh "Spice Of Life"
4. Horn Jazz - Roy Hargrove "Ear Food"
5. Stretch - Charlie Haden "Rambling Boy
This is a good thread! For those who haven't seen it please buy the latest DownBeat magazine issue as it has their annual review of highest rated cd's. It covers both new 2008 releases and historical ones. food for thought and a respected source for exploring new artists/new recordings.
My CDP was down for part of the year so I missed a few, but some 2008 fav releases were:

Lee Konitz: Deep Lee
Donald Bailey: Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 3
Bobo Stenson Trio: Cantando
Ketil Bjornstad/Terge Rypdal: Live in Leipzig
Nik Bartsch's Ronin: Halon
Tim Ries: Stones World
John Zorn: Filmworks XIX The Rain Horse
Kenny Wheeler: Other People
Nik Bärtsch's Ronin - Holon

Honourable Mentions:

Todd Sickafoose - Tiny Resistors
John Zorn/Secret Chiefs 3 - Xaphan: the Book of Angels Vol. 9
Aaron Parks - Invisible Cinema
Kurt Rosenwinkel - The Remedy
Marcin Wasilewski Trio - January
Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band - Season of Changes
Another set of lists from a local jazz site"
Thank you Kana813! Checked out your link and found Sahib Shihab - what a great find! Ordered two of his CDs: Sahib Shihab and the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra; and Companionship: Jazz Joint, Vol. 2. These sound very promising - perhaps as enjoyable as Rahsaan. Can't wait for delivery!
Sahib Shihab and the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra is a must. Terrific music and top notch recording. Heat and shape your copy of "Jazz at the Pawn Shop" into an ash tray and replace it with this gem. Similar audio quality but with way better music.
Excellent suggestions - All.

Sonny Rollins is still "doing it" w/ his Road Shows series.