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Best of jazz – year 2008

Discover the best jazz tracks and albums of 2008.

20 tracks selected from amazing albums that made 2008. You can directly listen to all the tracks on Spotify or on the player hereunder.

All the tracks are just randomly ordered.

Best Jazz 2008

Roy Hargrove Quintet

Best Jazz 2008 - Roy Hargrove Quintet - Earfood
Roy Hargrove Quintet
“Strasbourg / St. Denis”
from Earfood
(EmArcy)

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Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition

Best Jazz 2008 - Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition - Apti
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition
“Apti”
from Apti
(Innova Recordings)

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Bebo & Chucho

Best Jazz 2008 - Bebo & Chucho - Juntos Para Siempre
Bebo & Chucho
Juntos Para Siempre
(Sony)

Finally, after 50 years, the father and the son can record a full album together. Juntos para siempre—”Together Forever”—won in 2010 the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album.

Bebo Valdés: piano; Chucho Valdés: piano
Release date: 2008.11.11
Latin Jazz

Bebo Chucho

Dave Holland Sextet

Best Jazz 2008 - Dave Holland Sextet - Pass It On
Dave Holland Sextet
“The Sum Of All Parts”
from Pass It On
(Dare2 Records)

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Charles Lloyd Quartet

Best Jazz 2008 - Charles Lloyd Quartet - Rabo De Nube
Charles Lloyd Quartet
“Ramanujan”
from Rabo De Nube
(ECM)

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Lionel Loueke

Best Jazz 2008 - Lionel Loueke - Karibu
Lionel Loueke
“Agbannon Blues”
from Karibu
(Blue Note)

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Darren Johnston

Darren Johnston - The Edge Of The Forest
Darren Johnston
“Broken”
from The Edge Of The Forest
(Clean feed)
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David “Fathead” Newman

David Fathead Newman - Diamondhead
David “Fathead” Newman
“Diamondhead”
from Diamondhead
(HighNote Records, Inc.)

E.S.T.

E.S.T. - Leucocyte
E.S.T.
Leucocyte
(ACT)

Leucocyte is a posthumous album—Esbjörn Svensson had died in June 2008—yet “radical as never before: e.s.t. improves the interaction between piano, double bass, and drums in an orgie of improvisation to an intoxicating adventure of ludicrous soundscapes.”—ACT

Esbjörn Svensson: grand piano, electronics, transistor radio; Dan Berglund: double bass, electronics; Magnus Öström; drums, electronics, voices
Release date: 2008.09.01
Contemporary Jazz

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Francisco Mela

Francisco Mela - Cirio
Francisco Mela
“Cirio”
from Cirio (Live At The Blue Note)
(Half Note)

NOMO

NOMO - Ghost Rock
NOMO
“Brainwave”
from Ghost Rock
(Ubiquity)
Bandcamp

The Bad Plus Joined By Wendy Lewi

The Bad Plus Joined By Wendy Lewi - For All I Care
The Bad Plus Joined By Wendy Lewi
“Fém (Etude No. 8)”
from For All I Care
(EmArcy)

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Ketil Bjørnstad, Terje Rypdal

Ketil Bjørnstad, Terje Rypdal - Life In Leipzig
Ketil Bjørnstad, Terje Rypdal
“The Pleasure Is Mine, I’m Sure”
from Life In Leipzig
(ECM)
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Squarepusher

Squarepusher - Just A Souvenir
Squarepusher
“Potential Govaner”
from Just A Souvenir
(Warp Records)

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Matthew Halsall

Matthew Halsall - Sending My Love
Matthew Halsall
“Reflections”
from Sending My Love
(Gondwana Records)

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Arild Andersen, Paolo Vinaccia, Tommy Smith

Arild Andersen, Paolo Vinaccia, Tommy Smith - Live At Belleville
Arild Andersen, Paolo Vinaccia, Tommy Smith
“Independency Part 4”
from Live At Belleville
(ECM)
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Bobo Stenson Trio

Bobo Stenson Trio - Cantando
Bobo Stenson Trio
“Don’s Kora Song”
from Cantando
(ECM)
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Satoko Fujii Ma-Do

Satoko Fujii Ma-Do - Heat Wave
Satoko Fujii Ma-Do
“Spiral Staircase”
from Heat Wave
(Not Two Records)
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Mark O’Leary, Eyvind Kang, Dylan Van Der Schyff

Mark O'Leary, Eyvind Kang, Dylan Van Der Schyff - Zemlya
Mark O’Leary, Eyvind Kang, Dylan Van Der Schyff
“Meekong Delta Blues”
from Zemlya
(Leo Records)

Misha Alperin

Misha Alperin - Her First Dance
Misha Alperin
“April In February”
from Her First Dance
(ECM)

Playlist Best Jazz 2008

Albums’ List

Here are the 20 best jazz 2008 albums:

  • Roy Hargrove Quintet – Earfood
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Apti
  • Bebo & Chucho – Juntos Para Siempre
  • Dave Holland Sextet – Pass It On
  • Charles Lloyd Quartet – Rabo De Nube
  • Lionel Loueke – Karibu
  • Darren Johnston – The Edge Of The Forest
  • David “Fathead” Newman – Diamondhead
  • E.S.T. – Leucocyte
  • Francisco Mela – Cirio
  • NOMO – Ghost Rock
  • The Bad Plus Joined By Wendy Lewi – For All I Care
  • Ketil Bjørnstad, Terje Rypdal – Life In Leipzig
  • Squarepusher – Just A Souvenir
  • Matthew Halsall – Sending My Love
  • Arild Andersen, Paolo Vinaccia, Tommy Smith – Live At Belleville
  • Bobo Stenson Trio – Cantando
  • Satoko Fujii Ma-Do – Heat Wave
  • Mark O’Leary, Eyvind Kang, Dylan Van Der Schyff – Zemlya
  • Misha Alperin – Her First Dance

2000’s

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