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2008 Contributor Picks

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We solicited opinions from all active All About Jazz contributors, and out of more than 1,000 nominations, the following 2008 releases garnered the most votes.



New Releases






Charles Lloyd
Charles Lloyd
Charles Lloyd
b.1938
saxophone

Rabe de Nube
(ECM Records)
Reviews

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Rudresh Mahanthappa
Rudresh Mahanthappa
b.1971
sax, alto

Kinsmen
(Pi Recordings)
Reviews













James Carter
James Carter
James Carter
b.1969
sax, tenor

Present Tense
(Emarcy/Universal)
Reviews

Ben Allison
Ben Allison
Ben Allison
b.1966
bass, acoustic

Little Things Run The World
(Palmetto Records)
Review

Bobby Previte
Bobby Previte
Bobby Previte
b.1957
drums

Set the Alarm for Monday
(Palmetto Records)
Review











Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau
b.1970
piano

Live
(Nonesuch Records)
Review

Aaron Parks
Aaron Parks
Aaron Parks
b.1983
piano

Invisible Cinema
(Blue Note Records)
Reviews

Todd Sickafoose
Tiny Resistors
(Cryptogramophone)
Review











Bobo Stenson
Bobo Stenson
Bobo Stenson
b.1944
piano

Cantando
(ECM Records)
Reviews

Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer
b.1971
piano

Tragicomic
(Sunnyside Records)
Review

Harris Eisenstadt
Guewel
(Clean Feed)
Review











Joe Locke
Joe Locke
Joe Locke
b.1959
vibraphone

Force of Four
(Origin Records)
Reviews

Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt Rosenwinkel
b.1970
guitar

The Remedy: Live at the Village Vanguard
(ArtistShare)
Reviews

Nik Bartsch
Nik Bartsch
Nik Bartsch
b.1971
keyboard

Holon
(ECM Records)
Reviews











Steve Turre
Steve Turre
Steve Turre
b.1948
trombone

Rainbow People
(HighNote Records)

Brian Blade
Brian Blade
Brian Blade
b.1970
drums

Season of Changes
(Verve Music Group)
Review

Enrico Pieranunzi
Enrico Pieranunzi
Enrico Pieranunzi
b.1949
piano

As Never Before
(CAM Jazz)
Review











Guillermo Klein
Filtros
(Sunnyside Records)
Reviews

e.s.t.
Leucocyte
(ACT Music)
Review

Donny McCaslin
Donny McCaslin
Donny McCaslin
b.1966
saxophone

Recommended Tools
(Greenleaf)
Reviews











JD Allen
JD Allen
JD Allen

sax, tenor

I Am I Am
(Sunnyside Records)
Review

James Moody
James Moody
James Moody
1925 - 2010
reeds

Our Delight
(IPO Recordings)
Reviews

Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
b.1945
reeds

Quartet (Moscow) 2008
(Leo Records)
Review




Other top vote-getters...

Anthony Braxton, Milford Graves & Wiliam Parker, Beyond Quantum (Tzadik Records); Bill Dixon, 17 Musicians in Search of a Sound: Darfur (AUM Fidelity); Danilo Perez, Across the Crystal Sea (Decca Records); Karrin Allyson, Imagina: Songs of Brazil (Telarc Records); Mary Halvorson Trio, Dragon's Head (Firehouse 12); Dianne Reeves, When You Know (Blue Note Records).

Esperanza Spalding, Esperanza (Heads Up Int'l); Pat Metheny Trio, Day Trip (Nonesuch Records); Mostly Other People Do The Killing, This Is Our Moosic (Hot Cup Records); Roy Hargrove, Earfood (Groovin' High/EmArcy); Ahmad Jamal, It's Magic (Dreyfus); John Beasley, Letter to Herbie (Resonance Records).

John McLaughlin, Floating Point (Abstract Logix); The Microscopic Septet, Lobster Leaps In (Cuneiform Records); Kenny Garrett, Sketches of MD: Live at the Iridium (Mack Avenue); Tim Hagans, Alone Together (Pirouet Records); Steve Khan, The Suitcase (Tone Center); Mario Pavone, Ancestors (Playscape Recordings).



Reissues/Historical Releases










Grachan Moncur III
Grachan Moncur III
Grachan Moncur III
b.1937
trombone

Evolution
(Blue Note Records)
Review

Sahib Shihab
Sahib Shihab
Sahib Shihab
1925 - 1989
reeds

And the Danish Radio Jazz Group
(OKTAV Music)
Review

Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
b.1945
reeds

The Complete Arista Recordings
(Mosaic Records)
Review






Book








George Lewis
A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music
(University of Chicago Press)
Review

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