WRTI Spotlight
3:42 pm
Tue December 23, 2008

Top 50 of 2008: Your Favorite New Jazz Releases of the Year


The top 50 most requested songs of the year, based on WRTI listener-generated requests from the weekly Jazz Hot 11 Countdown.

? ARTIST TUNE ALBUM LABEL 1 Kenny Garrett Intro to Africa SKETCHES OF MD Mack Avenue 2 Hot Club of Detroit Django's Monkey NIGHT TOWN Mack Avenue 3 Danilo Perez Across the Crystal Sea ACROSS THE CRYSTAL SEA Emarcy 4 Irvin Mayfield and Ellis Marsalis A House Is Not A Home LOVE SONGS, BALLADS AND STANDARDS Basin Street 5 Roy Hargrove Mr. Clean EARFOOD Groovin' High 6 Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band Stoner Hill SEASON OF CHANGES Verve 7 John Beasley Bedtime Voyage LETTER TO HERBIE Resonance 8 Caribbean Jazz Project Soul Sauce AFRO BOP ALLIANCE Heads Up 9 Charlie Haden Left Hand of God BEST OF QUARTET WEST Verve 10 Elio Villafranca Faces, Not Evil THE SOURCE IN BETWEEN Ceiba Tree Music 11 Jae Sinnett Bum's Rush IT'S TELLING...A DRUMMER'S PERSPECTIVE J-Nett 12 Carmen Lundy Come Home COME HOME Afrasia 13 Avishai Cohen Eleven Wives GENTLY DISTURBED Razdaz 14 Lionel Loueke Abgannon Blues KARIBU Blue Note 15 Dave Holland Sextet Pass It On PASS IT ON Emarcy 16 Vince Seneri The Stinger PRINCE'S GROOVE Prince V Records 17 McCoy Tyner and John Scofield Blues on the Corner GUITARS Half Note 18 Deep Blue Organ Trio Ceora FOLK MUSIC Origin 19 Ted Kooshian's Standard Orbit Quartet Black Dog TED KOOSHIAN'S STANDARD ORBIT QUARTET Summit 20 Dafnis Prieto Sextet Taking the Soul for A Walk TAKING THE SOUL FOR A WALK Dafnison Music 21 Steve Turre Rainbow People RAINBOW PEOPLE Highnote 22 The Duke Ellington Legacy In A Sentimental Mood THANK YOU UNCLE EDWARD Renma 23 Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Mornin' Reverend MONDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE
VILLAGE VANGUARD Planet Arts? 24 Scott Hamilton Blue Turning Grey Over You ACROSS THE TRACKS Concord 25 Amos Hoffman Hamsa EVOLUTION Razdaz 26 Ron Blake What's Your Prayer For? SHAYARI Mack Avenue 27 Bobby Previte and the New Bump She Has Information SET THE ALARM FOR MONDAY Palmetto 28 Bobby Watson Climbing the Stairs FROM THE HEART Palmetto 29 Trio Sud Sweetest Somebody I Know YOUNG AND FINE Dreyfus 30 Gonzalo Rubalcaba Hip Side AVATAR Blue Note 31 Javon Jackson The In Crowd ONCE UPON A MELODY Palmetto 32

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Cap'tain Ferber JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Dreyfus 33 David Finck Quartet Black Eyes FUTURE DAY Soundbrush 34 Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All Stars Monterey Mist LIVE at 2007 MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL Concord 35 Judy Wexler Dreams & Shadows (Delilah)??? DREAMS AND SHADOWS Jazzed Media 36 Jaleel Shaw Flipside OPTIMISM Changu 37 Tobias Gebb and Trio West Poinciana, What Time Is It? AN UPPER WEST SIDE STORY Yummy House Records 38 Joe Lovano The Dawn of Time SYMPHONCA Blue Note 39 Bill Cunliffe Yearnin' BLUES AND THE ABSTRACT TRUTH, TAKE 2 Resonance 40 Eliane Elias Evanesque SOMETHING FOR YOU Blue Note 41 Dr. Michael White Blue Crescent BLUE CRESCENT Basin Street 42 Sheila Jordan Ballad for Miles/It Never Entered My Mind WINTER SUNSHINE Justin Time 43 Roberta Gambarini and Hank Jones Suppertime YOU ARE THERE Emarcy 44 Josh Nelson Loose End LET IT GO Native Language???? 45 Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Chance Encounters ACT YOUR AGE Immergent 46 Jay Hoggard Sweet Potato SOULAR POWER JHVM Records 47 James Moody and Hank Jones Quartet Lady Bird OUR DELIGHT IPO 48 Pete Zimmer Quartet Common Man CHILLIN' LIVE AT THE JAZZ FACTORY Tippin' 49 Brad Mehldau Trio Wonderwall LIVE Nonesuch 50 Bob Mintzer Big Band My Shining Hour SWING OUT MCG