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.

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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

Bireli Lagrene

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