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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
Rabe de Nube
(ECM Records)
Reviews

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Kinsmen
(Pi Recordings)
Reviews













James Carter
Present Tense
(Emarcy/Universal)
Reviews

Ben Allison
Little Things Run The World
(Palmetto Records)
Review

Bobby Previte
Set the Alarm for Monday
(Palmetto Records)
Review











Brad Mehldau
Live
(Nonesuch Records)
Review

Aaron Parks
Invisible Cinema
(Blue Note Records)
Reviews

Todd Sickafoose
Tiny Resistors
(Cryptogramophone)
Review











Bobo Stenson
Cantando
(ECM Records)
Reviews

Vijay Iyer
Tragicomic
(Sunnyside Records)
Review

Harris Eisenstadt
Guewel
(Clean Feed)
Review











Joe Locke
Force of Four
(Origin Records)
Reviews

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

Nik Bartsch
Holon
(ECM Records)
Reviews











Steve Turre
Rainbow People
(HighNote Records)

Brian Blade
Season of Changes
(Verve Music Group)
Review

Enrico Pieranunzi
As Never Before
(CAM Jazz)
Review











Guillermo Klein
Filtros
(Sunnyside Records)
Reviews

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

Donny McCaslin
Recommended Tools
(Greenleaf)
Reviews











JD Allen
I Am I Am
(Sunnyside Records)
Review

James Moody
Our Delight
(IPO Recordings)
Reviews

Anthony Braxton
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
Evolution
(Blue Note Records)
Review

Sahib Shihab
And the Danish Radio Jazz Group
(OKTAV Music)
Review

Anthony Braxton
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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