Best Jazz Albums by Year since 1988

A Listmania! list by Scott Williams "sneakyneighborsdog" (Oakland, CA United States)
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The list author says: "Here are my picks for Jazz Album of the year since 1988. One thing to keep in mind is in most years there were probably 3 or 4 albums that all deserved the top spot, but I could only pick one. If you don't see your favorite in the top spot, weigh in with a comment."
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1.  Reverse Thread by Regina Carter
The list author says:
  "2010 - My favorite CD so far in 2010 (as of 6/27/2010).  Regina incorporates the West African Kora and accordion into a beautiful tapestry of world music fused with jazz.  Musicians on the CD include Adam Rogers, and Gary Versace."
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Infernal Machines
2.  Infernal Machines by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
The list author says:
  "2009 - Modern Big Bands re-invents the jazz big and with modern sounds."
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Miles from India (TWO CD SET)
3.  Miles from India (TWO CD SET) by Various Artists
The list author says:
  "2008 - Ron Carter , Gary Bartz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Wallace Rooney, + host of other jazz all stars and Indian musicians combine to create perhaps the best tribute and world/jazz fusion album ever."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

In Pursuit
4.  In Pursuit by Donny Mccaslin
The list author says:
  "2007 - 2007 was probably the best year in jazz since the 60s.  Many, Many great albums were released in '07.  This is the best of a stellar year.  Features an all star lineup of young stars."
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Meaning & Mystery
5.  Meaning & Mystery by Dave Douglas
The list author says:
  "2006 - One of my all time favorite jazz CDs.  Douglas and McCaslin have amazing chemistry, and Douglas is great song writer."
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Suspicious Activity?
6.  Suspicious Activity? by The Bad Plus
The list author says:
  "2005 - The top american jazz trio out there right now.  This album features their best original songs."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Somewhere Else Before
7.  Somewhere Else Before by Esbjorn Svensson Trio
The list author says:
  "2004 - Europe's best jazz trio.  Probably the best live show you can see right now.  These guys are rock stars in Europe, but relatively unknown in the US."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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South
8.  South by David Binney
The list author says:
  "2003 - The first of what will be many clasic Dave Binney CDs.  The future of jazz.  If you haven't heard this great song writer yet, you must pickup this CD.  A master of harmonic parts, mood, and compisition."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Überjam
9.  Überjam by John Scofield
The list author says:
  "2002 - The funkiest Scofield album out there.  Any fan of funky jazz guitar has to get this one.  Avi Bortnick (guitar) and John Scofield really know how to jam."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

Blues Dream
10.  Blues Dream by Bill Frisell
The list author says:
  "2001 - The best Bill Frisell album.  Greig Leisz is just masterful on the slide guitar and the horn orchestration is absolutely brilliant."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Soul on Soul
11.  Soul on Soul by Dave Douglas
The list author says:
  "2000 - Dave's tribute to Mary Lou Williams."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Prime Directive
12.  Prime Directive by Dave Holland
The list author says:
  "1999 - Dave Holland's all star quintet featuring C. Potter on sax, R. Eubanks on trombone, Steve Nelson on vibes."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

A Go Go
13.  A Go Go by John Scofield
The list author says:
  "1988 - John Scofield teams up with Medeski Martin and Wood."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

Dots & Loops
14.  Dots & Loops by Stereolab
The list author says:
  "1997 - Stereolab's jazz electronica masterpiece.  It's arguable that this isn't jazz, but you gotta love those horn arrangements."
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Arabian Waltz
15.  Arabian Waltz by Rabih Abou-Khalil
The list author says:
  "1996 - One of the best albums of any type of music of all time.  Brilliant string arragements.  A must have for absolutely every fan of music."
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Djelika
16.  Djelika by Toumani Diabate
The list author says:
  "1995 - Kora master Toumani's best recording.  Not your traditional jazz, but a trio of Malians jam out on the ngoni, kora, and African percussion."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Talking Timbuktu
17.  Talking Timbuktu by Ry Cooder
The list author says:
  "1994 - Ry Cooder and Ali Farka Toure, get deep into the West African blues on this totally unique recording."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

Reachin
18.  Reachin by Digable Planets
The list author says:
  "1993 - Really a rap record, Digable Planets fuses rap with jazz (for real and w/ an emphasis on jazz) and introduces jazz to a new audience of young listeners."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

Blue Camel
19.  Blue Camel by Rabih Abou-Khalil
The list author says:
  "1992 - The first of three classic records by master oud player and composer Rabih Abou Khalil.  Unbelievable horn arrangements and middle eastern melodies.  Features Kenny Wheeler on trumpet."
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Blessing
20.  Blessing by Gonzalo Rubalcaba
The list author says:
  "1991 - Great piano trio."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Special Quartet
21.  Special Quartet by David Murray
The list author says:
  "1990 - feature's McCoy Tyner on piano and Elvin Jones on drums."
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Sail Away
22.  Sail Away by Tom Harrell
The list author says:
  "1989 - Tom Harrell's first major success.   Features Joe Lovano."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Cloud About Mercury
23.  Cloud About Mercury by David Torn
The list author says:
  "1988 - David Torn's out of this world masterpiece that still sounds like modern music even in 2008."
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