This was not a particularly great year for jazz recordings. I may be wrong, but I'd be astonished if, 10 or 15 years from now, people are saying, "Wow, 2008. That's the year that [blank] came out!"
That being said, here are 10 albums from 2008 — presented in no particular order — that I find memorable, well-produced, full of contemporary attitude and fun to listen to. There's a generosity of spirit common to these recordings, where the artists seem to want to reach out to your world, rather than demand that you reach into theirs. These discs are a delight to listen to while living your life, whether it's doing dishes, driving around town, syncing into your iPod or just plain kicking back and relaxing.
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