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Top Releases of 2008

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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



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



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



Joe Magnarelli Persistence (Reservoir Music) Kenny Washington - Vocals



Eliot Zigmund Breeze (SteepleChase) Eliot Zigmund



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



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



Rob Schneiderman Glass Enclosure (Reservoir Music) LeRoy Williams



Ralph Lalama Energy Fields (Mighty Quinn Productions) Joe Corsello



Gary Smulyan High Noon (Reservoir Music) Steve Johns


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