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Best Jazz Albums by Year since 1988

Scott Williams "sneakyneighborsdog"
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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"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."
Infernal Machines
Infernal Machines
"2009 - Modern Big Bands re-invents the jazz big and with modern sounds."
Miles from India (TWO CD SET)
Miles from India (TWO CD SET)
"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."
In Pursuit
In Pursuit
"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."
Meaning & Mystery
Meaning & Mystery
"2006 - One of my all time favorite jazz CDs.  Douglas and McCaslin have amazing chemistry, and Douglas is great song writer."
Suspicious Activity?
Suspicious Activity?
"2005 - The top american jazz trio out there right now.  This album features their best original songs."
Somewhere Else Before
Somewhere Else Before
"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."
South
South
"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."
Überjam
Überjam
"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."
Blues Dream
Blues Dream
"2001 - The best Bill Frisell album.  Greig Leisz is just masterful on the slide guitar and the horn orchestration is absolutely brilliant."
Soul on Soul
Soul on Soul
"2000 - Dave's tribute to Mary Lou Williams."
Prime Directive
Prime Directive
"1999 - Dave Holland's all star quintet featuring C. Potter on sax, R. Eubanks on trombone, Steve Nelson on vibes."
A Go Go
A Go Go
"1988 - John Scofield teams up with Medeski Martin and Wood."
Dots & Loops
Dots & Loops
"1997 - Stereolab's jazz electronica masterpiece.  It's arguable that this isn't jazz, but you gotta love those horn arrangements."
Arabian Waltz
Arabian Waltz
"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."
Djelika
Djelika
"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."
Talking Timbuktu
Talking Timbuktu
"1994 - Ry Cooder and Ali Farka Toure, get deep into the West African blues on this totally unique recording."
Reachin'
Reachin'
"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."
Blue Camel
Blue Camel
"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."
The Blessing
The Blessing
"1991 - Great piano trio."
Special Quartet
Special Quartet
"1990 - feature's McCoy Tyner on piano and Elvin Jones on drums."
Sail Away
Sail Away
"1989 - Tom Harrell's first major success.   Features Joe Lovano."
Cloud About Mercury
Cloud About Mercury
"1988 - David Torn's out of this world masterpiece that still sounds like modern music even in 2008."