STEVE INSKEEP, host:
That report comes out at the end of the year, a time when many of us thing about the future, and also a bit about the past. As we reach the end of this year, we're taking stock of some of the best recordings that came out over the last twelve months. And our latest pick comes from Shaunna Morrison Machosky of member station WDUQ.
SHAUNNA MORRISON MACHOSKY: Picking out the best CDs of 2008, something I really look for is fresh music, things that haven't been done before. Artists that don't really rely on jazz standards. Or if they do have jazz standards, they have some new ideas and new interpretations of things. Because there are a lot of jazz artists that do great work, but things kind of start sounding the same after a while.
My best selection for 2008 is a CD by a young artist whose 25. His name is Aaron Parks, and the name of his CD is Invisible Cinema. And one of the great things about this CD is that it holds together really well, as an entire body of work. It's like a sound track that you provide your own movie to in your head. One of the great things about Aaron's CD is that it's all original ideas. It's all original compositions, and the compositions are just beautiful, and they're varied. There's a song on there called "Peaceful Worrier," and it starts off really, well, kind of peaceful. And then it just goes into this idea where you could kind of feel yourself walking along through fields, like going through Japanese country side. It's really interesting and it's not like any other jazz that I've heard this year at all. It really tells a story.
INSKEEP: There it is. The choice for best jazz album of the year, from Shaunna Morrison Machosky of member station WDUQ in Pittsburg. You can hear songs from this and other best of 2008 albums by going to nprmusic.org.