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It's impossible to do justice to all of the fine new music issued in 2008. So I've listed the eleven discs that had the greatest impact on me. Each one includes the name of the drummer who was essential in making the music special.



Pete Malinverni Invisible Cities (Reservoir Music) Tom Melito



Ellis Marsalis Quartet Open Letter to Thelonious (Elm Music) Jason Marsalis

Jason Marsalis
Jason Marsalis
b.1977
drums




Grant Stewart Young At Heart (Sharp Nine Records) Joe Farnsworth

Joe Farnsworth
Joe Farnsworth
b.1968
drums




Ruslan Khain For Medicinal Purposes Only! (Smalls Records) Phil Stewart



Joe Magnarelli Persistence (Reservoir Music) Kenny Washington - Vocals

Kenny Washington - Vocals
Kenny Washington - Vocals
b.1957
vocalist




Eliot Zigmund Breeze (SteepleChase) Eliot Zigmund



Pete Zimmer Quartet Chillin' Live @ Jazz Factory (Tippin' Records) Pete Zimmer

Pete Zimmer
Pete Zimmer
b.1977
drums




John Marshall Quintet Live At "Le Pirate" (Organic Music) Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
b.1961
composer/conductor




Rob Schneiderman Glass Enclosure (Reservoir Music) LeRoy Williams



Ralph Lalama Energy Fields (Mighty Quinn Productions) Joe Corsello

Joe Corsello
Joe Corsello

drums




Gary Smulyan High Noon (Reservoir Music) Steve Johns


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