2008's Top Recordings
Top 10 Jazz CDs of 2008 (in alphabetical order)
Brian Blade Fellowship, Season
of Changes (Verve) — The drummer enlists
Kurt Rosenwinkel and others for folk melodies, fusion, noisy guitar
bop-inflected improvisations and sprawling, near-symphonic
Anat Cohen, Notes
from the Village
(Anzic) — The superb young
and her all-star group turn in inspired readings of Coltrane, Waller,
Cooke and more.
Chick Corea & Gary Burton, The
New Crystal Silence
(Concord) — The
and vibraphonist again offer crystalline harmonies and remarkably
John Ellis, Dance
Like There's No Tomorrow
(Hyena) — Sticky Crescent
street rhythms and infectious melodies are on the bill, with the
saxophonist joined by organist Gary Versace, drummer Jason Marsalis and
yes! - tuba man Matt Perrine.
Lionel Loueke, Karibu
(Blue Note) — The Benin-born guitarist delivers a
gorgeous blend of jazz/African musical traditions, on a set including
Coltrane's "Naima"; Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock guest.
Pat Metheny, Day
Trip (Nonesuch) — The celebrated six-stringer strips
and gets telepathic on mostly new music with bassist Christian McBride
drummer Antonio Sanchez.
Sonny Rollins, Road
Shows: Vol. 1
(Doxy) — Tenor saxophone titan
demonstrates his mettle as a scenery-chewing, intensely creative
improviser, on stellar live performances across nearly three
Esperanza Spalding, Esperanza (Heads Up) — The jazz rookie of the year
shows off wondrous bass chops and beautiful, affecting vocals on
music drawing from mainstream jazz, Latin, funk and pop.
Robert Walter featuring James Singleton and Johnny Vidacovich, Cure
(Palmetto) — The organist and keys man joins Astral Project's rhythm
section for soul-funk groove digging, including a chunky "Rivers of
Cassandra Wilson, Loverly (Blue Note) — Jazz's most compelling female
singer turns up the drama and soaks up the densely textured atmospherics
"Caravan," "St. James Infirmary" and American Songbook standards.
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