Well, here it is, another best of list that you probably should not take too seriously. The top ten of 2008 along with a pile of runners up.

Top Ten:

Stephen Haynes / Taylor Ho Bynum – Double Trio
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Lil Tae Rides Again
William Parker – Double Sunrise Over Neptune
Anthony Braxton – Quartet (Moscow) 2008
Daniel Carter – Chinatown
Mary Halvorson – Dragon’s Head
William Parker Quartet – Petit Oiseau
Vladimir Bozar n Ze Sheraf Orkestar – Universal Sprache
John Zorn / Lou Reed / Laurie Anderson – The Stone: Issue Three
Steve Swell / Rivers of Sound Ensemble – News from the Mystic Auricle

The Rest:

Bang on a Can – Brian Eno: Music for Airports Live
Beat Circus – Dreamland
James Blackshaw – Litany of Echoes
Box – Studio 1
Rob Brown – Crown Trunk Root Funk
Copperhead Trio – Labyrinths
Cynic – Traced in Air
Bill Dixon – Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra
Harris Eisenstadt – Guewel
The Empty Cage Quartet – Stratostrophic
Fulminate Trio – Fulminate Trio
Jeff Gauthier / Goatette – House of Return
Frode Gjerstad – A Sound Sight
Dominique Grimaud – Les Quatre Directions
I Heart Lung – Interoceans
Peggy Lee Band – New Code
Daniel Levin – Fuhuffah
Byron Metcalf / Mark Seelig / Steve Roach – Nada Terma
Szilárd Mezei – As You
David Parsons – Surya
Rob Price – I Really Do Not See the Signal
Kurt Rosenwinkel – The Remedy – Live at the Village Vanguard
Stray Ghost – Losthilde
The Thing – Now and Forever
Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer – Cold Peace Counterpoints
Yitzhak Yedid – Oud, Bass, Piano Trio

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  1. […] Avant Music News has named the Mary Halvorson Trio’s Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12), William Parker’s Double Sunrise Over Neptune (Arts for Art/AUM Fidelity) and the William Parker Quartet’s Petit Oiseau (AUM Fidelity) to its Top 10 list for 2008. […]