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