The event horizon for jazz is set at infinity. There is no shortage of finely crafted music being performed within this uniquely American and pragmatically international genre. This year is about baker's dozens. No, make that Bailey's dozens.
Presented here are links to 14 reviews of what I considered the best recordings released between December 2007 and December 2008. Allowing that no writer can listen to or write about the bulk of the music released, 14 more reviews have been added, written by colleagues at All About Jazz, of discs the column was unable to review or that were reviewed more tellingly by other writers.
We have an embarrassment of riches among both jazz (and related) recordings released in 2008 and the writers writing about them. We should celebrate them both.