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    The 2000's - Your Top Albums

    Amazingly, another decade has almost slipped by. So, if it isn’t too early to get this ball rolling, I thought it’d be interesting to get everyone’s take on some of their favorite albums of the past 10 years. Not necessarily the “best” or most critically acclaimed, but the ones you found yourself spending the most time with, or that were important to you, or that opened your eyes to something new, or that most endured, etc.

    I don’t keep up with new releases like some around here, and in fact, was a little slow coming around to contemporary jazz, having begun, like many, with the “classics.” Thus, I know there are tons I missed out on over the past 10 years. Still, here’s 20 or so from the past decade that got a lot of play at my house and/or stood out for one reason or another, either at the time, or now, as my tastes have evolved. What are some of yours?

    Keith Jarrett Trio – Inside Out – ECM 2000
    Joe Lovano Nonet – 52nd Street Themes – Blue Note 2000
    Charlie Haden – Nocturne – Verve 2001
    Dave Holland Quintet– Not For Nothin’ – ECM 2001
    Greg Osby – Inner Circle – Blue Note 2002
    Charlie Hunter – Right Now Move – Ropeadope 2003
    Branford Marsalis Quartet – Eternal – Marsalis Music 2004
    Tony Malaby – Adobe – Sunny Side 2004
    Vic Juris – A Second Look – Mel Bay 2005
    Paul Motian/Joe Lovano/Bill Frisell – I Have the Room Above Her – ECM 2005
    William Parker Quartet – Sound Unity – Aum Fidelity 2005
    Sonny Rollins – Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert – Milestone 2005
    Renaud Garcia-Fons Trio – ArcoLuz – Enja 2006
    John Bishop/Rick Mandyck/Jeff Johnson – Nothing if not Something – Origin 2006
    Vandermark 5 – Free Jazz Classics, vols. 3 & 4 – Atavistic 2006
    Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake - From the River to the Ocean – Thrill Jockey 2007
    NHOP – The Unforgettable NHOP Trio Live – Act 2007
    Dee Dee Bridgewater – Red Earth – Emarcy 2007
    Marty Ehrlich & Myra Melford – Spark – Palmetto 2007
    William Parker Quartet – Petit Oiseau – Aum Fidelity 2008

    ½ Baked Album of the Decade: The Unforgettable NHOP Trio Live
    ½ Baked Artist of the Decade: William Parker
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    There is so much from this decade that i haven't heard: Keeping up and simultaneously playing catchup on the 2000's alone is as much of a mission as catching up on the last 70 years! I have only just started really exploring the Clean Feed catalogue, so i think guys like Adam Lane, Darren Johnston, Harris Eisenstadt, Scott fields et al will be in my 'Best of 2000's' lists of the future...

    So, not a definitive list, highly subjective, based purely on what i have heard =

    - Vandermark 5 - take your pick, can't go wrong, Airports For Light has a special place in my heart
    - William Parker - another hard pick, prob Double Sunrise Over Neptune for me
    - Joe Morris - hard again, A Cloud of Black Birds (whoops! 1998... make it Today on Earth)
    - Keith Jarrett - Always Let Me Go
    - Dave Holland - Extended Play Live at Birdland
    - Greg Osby - Channel Three
    - Steve Coleman - Weaving Symbolics
    - Masada - Live in Sevilla 2000
    - The Bad Plus - Give
    - Matthew Shipp - New Orbit
    - David S. Ware - Corridors and Parallels
    - Jason Moran - Black Stars
    - Vijay Iyer - Historicity
    - Brad Mehldau - Art of the Trio Vol 5
    - Henry Threadgill - This Brings Us To Vol 1
    - Carla Bley - The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu
    - Chick Corea -Solo Piano Originals
    - Anthony Braxton - Beyond Quantum
    - Dave Douglas - Meaning and Mystery
    - Cecil Taylor - The Willisau Concert
    - Steve Lehman - Travail, Transformation, and Flow
    - Ornette Coleman - Sound Grammar
    - John Taylor - Angel of the Presence
    - Martial Solal - Longitude
    - Ab Baars - Party at the Bimhuis
    - AALY trio w/ KV - I Wonder if I Was Screaming
    - Gerry Hemingway - The Whimbler
    - Rudresh Mahanthappa - Kinsmen
    - Shot x Shot - Let Nature Square
    - Schlippenbach Trio - Wintereisse
    - Michael Moore - White Widow
    - Wadada Leo Smith - Golden Quartet
    - Tomasz Stanko - Soul of Things

    Usually disclaimers of i could probably go on and on, i know i have missed something and i stuck to one album per artist. I could have made a whole list out of albums by Ken Vandermark, William Parker and Joe Morris alone. Prolific and consistently brilliant, it's not a competition but those three guys are particular standouts of this decade for me.

    The 2000's i believe will go down in history as being an exceptionally excellent decade for recorded jazz.

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    I count over 1000 albums from the 2000's, so that's a lot to wade through. But the following ones were the ones I have played and enjoyed the most. As I'm looking through iTunes, this is alphabetical by first name. I've tried not to mention any artist more than once with rare exceptions. Of the 5-10 albums by a particular artists this decade I've just chosen the one I've enjoyed the most.

    Albums with * are ones I'm nuts about

    Anat Cohen - Place and Time
    * Andy Sheppard - Movements in Color
    Arild Andersen - Live in Belleville
    Avishai Cohen - Gently Disturbed
    Barbara Dennerlein - Outhipped
    Ben Allison - Peace Pipe
    Ben Wendel - Simple Song
    Bill Frisell - Blues Dream
    Billy Hart - Billy Hart Quartet
    Bobby Previte - Set the Alarm for Monday
    Brad Mehldau - Largo
    Brad Shepik/Peter Epstein - The Well
    Branford Marsalis - Eternal
    Brian Blade - Perceptual
    Bruce Hornsby - Camp Meeting
    Carla Bley - The Lost Chords
    * Charles Lloyd - Sangam
    Charlie Hunter - Right Now Move
    Chick Corea - Change
    Chris Potter - Follow the Red Line
    Darren Johnston - The Edge of the Forest
    Dave Douglas - Moonshine
    Dave Holland - The Monterey Quartet
    David Binney/Edward Simon - Oceanos
    Delta Saxophone Quartet - Dedicated to Your But You Weren't Listening
    Diego Barber - Calima
    Dony McCaslin - Soar
    * Either/Orchestra - More Beautiful than Death
    Electric Masada - At the Mountains of Madness
    Enrico Rava - Tati
    Ethan Winogrand - Made in Brooklyn
    Frank Kimbrough/Joe Locke - The Willow
    Fred Anderson/Hamid Drake - From the River to the Ocean
    Gerry Hemmingway - Devil's Paradise
    Greg Osby - St. Louis Shoes
    Hans Glawischnig - Panorama
    Henri Texier - Strada Sextet - (V)ivre
    Herbie Nichols Project - Strange City
    Igor Butman - Magic Land
    James Carter - Chasin' the Gypsy
    Jason Lindner Big Band - Live at the Jazz Gallery
    * Javier Girotto - New York Sessions
    * Jazzmob - Infernal Machine
    Jessica Williams - Blue Fire
    Joe Locke - Dear Life
    Joe Lovano/Hank Jones - Kids
    Joel Harrison - Harbor
    John Patitucci - Remembrance
    John Surman - Brewster's Rooster
    John Zorn - O'o
    Joshua Redman - Back East
    Kenny Werner - Lawn Chair Society
    Kenny Wheeler - Now What?
    Kurt Rosenwinkel - Heartcore
    Manu Katché - Neighborhood
    Maria Schneinder - Concert in the Garden
    * Mark Egan/John Abercrombie - As We Speak
    Marty Ehrlich - Line on Love
    Masada Quartet - 50th Birthday Celebration
    Matt Wilson - That's Gonna Leave a Mark
    McCoy Tyner - McCoy Tyner Quartet
    Medeski Martin & Wood - Radiolarians III
    * Michael Blake - Elevated
    Michael Brecker - Wide Angles
    Michale Wolff - Impure Thoughts
    Michel Portal - Birdwatcher
    Mika Pohjola - Landmark
    * Mike Mainieri - Northern Lights
    Myra Melford Trio - Alive in the House of Saints
    Myra Melford/Marty Ehrlich - Spark
    Myriam Alter - Where is There
    Nguyen Le - E.L.B.
    Omer Avital - The Ancient Art of Giving
    * Peter Epstein - Lingua Franca
    New Jungle Orchestra - Zig Zag Zimfoni
    Randy Weston - Zep Tepi
    Ron Blake - Sonic Tonic
    Rudresh Mahanthappa - Apti
    Sam Keevers Nonet - No Conditions/No Expectations
    Seamus Blake - Live in Italy
    Sonny Rollins - Sonny Please
    Steve Coleman - Resistance is Futile
    Steve Kuhn - Mostly Coltrane
    Steve Swallow/Hans Urik - Tin Pan Aliens
    * Terence Blanchard - Bounce
    Tommy Smith - Forbidden Fruit
    Uri Gurvich - The Storyteller
    Vandermark 5 - Acoustic Machine
    Vijay Iyer - Reimagining
    Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa - Raw Materials
    Virginia Mayhew - Phantoms
    William Parker - O'Neal's Porch

    I agree, an amazing decade of jazz.

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    Top 50 of the Decade

    What a great exercise! Here’s my top 50 of the decade—and it was really tough to limit it to so few. This list lists the ones I’ve listened to most over the last decade. They’re records I continue coming back to and enjoying. To some extent, I have tried to give a spread of artists, but certain favorites (Andrew Hill, Dave Douglas, Dave Holland, Brad Mehldau, William Parker, Bill Frisell) appear more than once. I tried initially to rank them, but it proved utterly impossible. So I’ve simply listed them as they appeared year by year as the decade unfolded:

    1. Andrew Hill, Dusk (Palmetto, 2000)
    2. Dave Douglas, Soul on Soul (RCA, 2000)
    3. Matthew Shipp, Pastoral Composure (Thirsty Ear, 2000)
    4. Dave Holland, Not for Nothin’ (ECM, 2001)
    5. Bill Frisell, Blues Dream (Nonesuch, 2001)
    6. Greg Osby, Symbols of Light: A Solution (Blue Note, 2001)
    7. Chris Potter, Gratitude (Verve, 2001)
    8. Masada / John Zorn, Live at the Tonic (Tzadik, 2001)
    9. Tortoise, Standards (Thrill Jockey, 2001)
    10. Dave Douglas, The Infinite (RCA / Bluebird, 2002)
    11. Dave Holland Big Band, What Goes Around (ECM, 2002)
    12. Herbie Hancock / Roy Hargrove / Michael Brecker, Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall (Verve, 2002)
    13. Jason Moran, Modernistic (Blue Note, 2002)
    14. Nels Cline Singers, Instrumentals (Cryptogramophone, 2002)
    15. Yaya3 [Joshua Redman / Sam Yahel / Brian Blade], Yaya3 (RCA / Loma, 2002)
    16. Terence Blanchard, Bounce (Blue Note, 2003)
    17. Matthew Shipp, Equilibrium (Thirsty Ear, 2003)
    18. William Parker, O’Neal’s Porch (AUM Fidelity, 2003)
    19. Scott Amendola, Cry (Cryptogramophone, 2003)
    20. Brad Mehldau, Live in Tokyo (Nonesuch, 2004)
    21. Dave Douglas, Keystone (Greenleaf, 2005)
    22. William Parker, Luc’s Lantern (Thirsty Ear, 2005)
    23. Marc Johnson, Shades of Jade (ECM, 2005)
    24. Kenny Wheeler, What Now? (Koch, 2005)
    25. Vijay Iyer, Reimagining (Savoy, 2005)
    26. Terence Blanchard, Flow (Blue Note, 2005)
    27. Andrew Hill, Time Lines (Blue Note, 2006)
    28. Benny Maupin, Penumbra (Cryptogramophone, 2006)
    29. Tomasz Stanko, Lontano (ECM, 2006)
    30. Jeff Gauthier, The One and the Same (Cryptogramophone, 2006)
    31. Pat Metheny & Brad Mehldau, Quartet (Nonesuch, 2007)
    32. Floratone [Bill Frisell], Floratone (Blue Note, 2007)
    33. SF Jazz Collective, Live 2006: Music of Herbie Hancock (SF Jazz, 2007)
    34. Alan Pasqua, The Antisocial Club (Cryptogramophone, 2007)
    35. Bad Plus, Prog (Heads Up, 2007)
    36. Donnie McCaslin, In Pursuit (Sunnyside, 2007)
    37. Marcin Wasilewski, January (ECM, 2008)
    38. Ben Allison, Little Things Run the World (Palmetto, 2008)
    39. Todd Sickafoose, Tiny Resistors (Cryptogramophone, 2008)
    40. Aaron Parks, Invisible Cinema (Blue Note, 2008)
    41. Roy Hargrove, Earfood (Decca, 2008)
    42. Kurt Rosenwinkel, The Remedy: Live at the Village Vanguard (ArtistShare, 2008)
    43. Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin, Holon (ECM, 2008)
    44. Bar Kokhba / John Zorn, Lucifer: Book of Angels, Vol. 10 (Tzadik, 2008)
    45. Diego Barber, Calima (Sunnyside, 2009)
    46. Medeski, Martin & Wood, Radiolarians II (Indirecto, 2009)
    47. Medeski, Martin & Wood, Radiolarians III (Indirecto, 2009)
    48. Monterey Quartet [Dave Holland / Chris Potter], Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (2009)
    49. John Zorn, O’O (Tzadik, 2009)
    50. Ben Allison, Think Free (Palmetto, 2009)

    I look forward to seeing others' lists. There's so much great music out there, and I know I missed lots of great things. Rob, Xybert, and 1/2 Baked's lists have a batch of things I need to explore. Keep 'em coming.

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    Man, this truly "was" a great decade for jazz...and very good diversity as well!!! Here's my top 50:

    DAVE DOUGLAS - SOUL ON SOUL
    TERENCE BLANCHARD - A TALE OF GOD’S WILL
    TIM BERNE - THE SHELL GAME
    JOHN ZORN - MASADA: LIVE IN SEVILLA 2000
    DAVE DOUGLAS - THE INFINITE
    MATTHEW SHIPP - EQUILIBRIUM
    WILLIAM PARKER - O’NEAL’S PORCH
    BRAD MEHLDAU - LIVE IN TOKYO
    DAVE DOUGLAS - KEYSTONE
    RENE MARIE - VERTIGO
    MARC JOHNSON - SHADES OF JADE
    DR. JOHN - THE CITY THAT CARE FORGOT
    PAT METHENY / BRAD MEHLDAU - METHENY/MEHLDAU
    PAT METHENY / BRAD MEHLDAU - QUARTET
    MARCIN WASILEWSKI - JANUARY
    AARON PARKS - INVISIBLE CINEMA
    NIK BARTSCH’S RONIN - HOLON
    BEN ALLISON - THINK FREE
    OMER AVITAL - THE ANCIENT ART OF GIVING
    JOHN ZORN - MASADA: 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
    KENNY WERNER - LAWN CHAIR SOCIETY
    CHRIS POTTER - UNDERGROUND
    BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO - LIVE
    WILLIAM PARKER - SOUND UNITY
    BEN ALLISON - RIDING THE NUCLEAR TIGER
    KEITH JARRETT - THE CARNEGIE HALL CONCERT
    KURT ROSENWINKEL - THE NEXT STEP
    ROBERT SABIN - ROMERO
    THOMAS MARIOTT - FLEXICON
    NINO JOSELE - PAZ
    URI CAINE’S BEDROCK - SHELF-LIFE
    GARY BURTON - QUARTET LIVE
    ROB BURGER - LOST PHOTOGRAPH
    THE BUDOS BAND - THE BUDOS BAND II
    MATHIAS EICK - THE DOOR
    CONRAD HERWIG - THE LATIN SIDE OF WAYNE SHORTER
    TOM HARRELL - PRANA DANCE
    RUSSELL GUNN - ETHNOMUSICOLOGY VOL. 2
    CHARLIE HADEN LIBERATION MUSIC ORCHESTRA - NOT IN OUR NAME
    TORD GUSTAVSEN - THE GROUND
    DAVE HOLLAND - CRITICAL MASS
    GIACOMO GATES - CENTERPIECE
    DR. LONNIE SMITH - TOO DAMN HOT
    RICH PERRY - YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING
    BILL FRISELL - DISFARMER
    DAVID S. WARE - LIVE IN THE WORLD
    GRANT STEWART - PLAYS THE MUSIC OF ELLINGTON & STRAYHORN
    FAY CLAASSEN - SINGS TWO PORTRAITS OF CHET BAKER
    CHRISTIAN SCOTT - REWIND THAT
    JOE LOVANO - I’M ALL FOR YOU

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    Fifty from the naughties

    OK, then, here are my fifty gems from this absolutely terrific jazz decade. A maximum of two albums per artist. In alphabetical order by surname.
    There are quite a few Nordic artists on this list because ... well, because that's the region where I live. I also see that a high proportion of the albums are on the ECM or ACT labels. So two big hurrahs for Manfred Eicher and Siggi Loch...

    Alboran Trio – Meltimi
    Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake – From the River to the Ocean
    Peter Asplund Quartet – As Knights Concur
    Stefano Battaglia – Re: Pasolini
    Nat Birchall - Akhenaten
    Ketil Bjørnstad – The Rainbow Sessions
    Ketil Bjørnstad – Floating
    Carla Bley – The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu
    Anouar Brahem – Le Voyage de Sahar
    Anouar Brahem – The Astounding Eyes of Rita
    Marc Copland – Time Within Time
    Marilyn Crispell – Amaryllis
    Lars Danielsson & Leszek Mozdzer – Pasodoble
    Lars Danielsson – Melange Bleu
    Mathias Eick – The Door
    Paolo Fresu, Richard Galliano & Jan Lundgren – Mare Nostrum
    Jan Garbarek – In Praise of Dreams
    Tord Gustavsen Trio – The Ground
    Charlie Haden & the Liberation Orchestra – Not in Our Name
    Matthew Halsall – Sending My Love
    Ingebrigt Håker Flaten & Håkon Kornstad – Elise
    Herbie Hancock et al – Hear, O Israel
    Nils Janson – Debut
    Keith Jarrett – Whisper Not
    Keith Jarrett – My Foolish Heart
    Marc Johnson – Shades of Jade
    Manu Katché – Neighborhood
    Klabbes Bank – Je Suis la Mer
    Håkon Kornstad – Dwell Time
    Peter Knudsen Trio – Impressions
    Jonas Knutsson & Johan Norberg – Norrland II: Cow Cow
    Jonas Knutsson & Johan Norberg – Norrland III: Skaren
    Joachim Kühn – Out of the Desert
    Myra Melford Trio – Even the Sounds Shine
    Paul Motian – I Have the Room Above Her
    Oddjob – Sumo
    William Parker – O’Neal’s Porch
    Knut Rossler & Johannes Vogt – Between the Times
    Trygve Seim – Different Rivers
    Trygve Seim – Sangam
    Tomasz Stanko – Soul of Things
    Tomasz Stanko – Suspended Night
    Bobo Stenson Trio – Cantado
    John Surman – The Spaces in Between
    John Surman & Howard Moody – Rain on the Window
    Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Live in Hamburg
    Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Viaticum
    Vassilis Tsaboropoulos – Achirana
    Marcin Wasilewski Trio – January
    Eri Yamamoto – Duologue
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    Jeezus fellas, couldn't you narrow it down to a couple dozen each!?

    Without poring over the itunes library, here's what jumps to mind

    Bobby Watson & Horizon--Horizon Reassembled
    Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts--The Scenic Route
    Michael Brecker--Pilgrimage
    Tierney Sutton--Unsung Heroes, I'm With the Band
    John Scofield Trio--En Route
    Soulive--Doin' Somethin'
    Harry Connick Jr.--Songs I Heard, Oh My Nola
    Ben Allison--Cowboy Justice
    Donnie McCaslin--In Pursuit
    Sons of Brasil--While You Were Out
    Peter Erskine--Badlands
    Bela Fleck & the Flecktones--Outbound
    Rudder--Debut, Matorning
    Zack Albetta--Bosphorus Artist

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    Man, there's a lot of material to draw from. I can't list individual albums, but I'd say creative improvised music in general has had a really good run this decade.

    The Chicago scene has been strong, the Delmark label specifically.

    Alto player Matana Roberts, nurtured by the AACM, has done some really nice stuff. Fred Anderson, William Parker, Hamid Drake have put out some great albums.

    The Clean Feed label as well has put out a lot of excellent music that might otherwise not have seen the light of day. Cats like Steve Lehman, Dennis Gonzalez.

    In Europe, pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach stands out. In a similar vein, British pianist Alexander Hawkins recently put out a great album, No Now Is So, that to me is representative of the best of creative improvised music today, music that really pushes in new directions with unique instrument combinations.

    Ellery Eskelin, too, has done some unique things this decade with Jim Black and Andrea Parkins.

    Along somewhat more conventional lines, Dave Douglas has already been mentioned. Where he has really made some important strides is in the distribution of high quality downloads through his Greenleaf Music web site. His Live at the Jazz Standard downloads were somewhat of a watershed in that regard.

    Ah ... those are some highlights for me. (maybe a list would have been better?)
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    From the top of my head I just wrote down those albums I felt have offered me enough to continue listening to them for decades to come. Not a round number, but it'll have to do. Then again I must have forgotten something and additions are inevitable.

    1. Charles Lloyd – The Water is Wide (ECM, 2000)
    2. Joe Lovano – 52nd Street Themes (Blue Note, 2000)
    3. Karl Denson - Dance Lesson #2 (Blue Note, 2001)
    4. Greg Osby - Inner Circle (Blue Note, 2002)
    5. Christian McBride – Vertical Vision (Warner Bros. , 2003)
    6. Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Seven Days of Falling (RCA , 2003)
    7. Terence Blanchard – Bounce (Blue Note, 2003)
    8. Arild Anderssen – The Triangle (ECM, 2004)
    9. Branford Marsalis - Eternal (Rounder, 2004)
    10. Jacob Young – Evening Falls (ECM, 2004)
    11. Tord Gustavsen Trio – The Ground (ECM, 2004)
    12. Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Viaticum (RCA , 2005)
    13. Joshua Redman Elastic Band – Momentum (Nonesuch , 2005)
    14. Ron Blake – Sonic Tonic (Mack Avenue, 2005)
    15. Ben Allison – Cowboy Justice (Palmetto, 2006)
    16. Chris Potter – Underground (Sunnyside , 2006)
    17. Ibrahim Maalouf – Diasporas (Phantom Sound & Vision , 2007)
    18. Jacob Young – Sideways (ECM, 2007)
    19. Joshua Redman – Back East (Nonesuch , 2007)
    20. Michael Brecker – Pilgrimage (Heads Up, 2007)
    21. Paolo Fresu/Richard Galliano/Jan Lundgren - Mare Nostrum (Act Music , 2007)
    22. Richard Galliano – Luz Negra (Milan Records, 2007)
    23. Tord Gustavsen Trio – Being There (ECM, 2007)
    24. John Surman – The Spaces in Between (ECM, 2007)
    25. Avishai Cohen Trio – Gently Disturbed (Sunnyside, 2008)
    26. James Carter – Present Tense (Emarcy, 2008)
    27. Mathias Eick – The Door (ECM, 2008)
    28. Nicholas Payton - Into the Blue (Nonesuch, 2008)
    29. Ron Blake – Shayari (Mack Avenue, 2008)
    30. Roy Hargrove – Earfood (Emarcy, 2008)
    31. Vassilis Tsabropolous – Melos (ECM, 2008)
    32. Aaron Parks – Invisible Cinema (Blue Note, 2008)
    33. Andy Sheppard – Movements in Colour (ECM, 2009)
    34. Chris Potter – Ultrahang (ArtistShare , 2009)
    35. Ralph Towner – Chiaroscuro (ECM, 2009)
    36. Roy Hargrove Big Band – Emergence (Emarcy, 2009)
    37. Sean Jones - The Search Within (Mack Avenue, 2009)
    38. Tord Gustavsen Ensemble – Restored, Returned (ECM, 2009)

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    Here's my list of 20(ish) faves from this decade, in alpha order by surname.

    Ben Allison - Riding the Nuclear Tiger (Palmetto, 2001)
    Tim Berne's Science Friction - The Sublime And (Thirsty Ear, 2003)
    Scott Colley - The Magic Line (Arabesque, 2000)
    Dave Douglas - The Infinite (RCA, 2002)
    Marty Erhlich's Traveler's Tales - Malinke's Dance (OmniTone, 2000)
    Kenny Garrett - Standard of Language (Warner Bros, 2003)
    Larry Goldings - Quartet (Palmetto, 2006)
    Billy Hart - Quartet (High Note, 2006)
    Mark Helias' Open Loose - Verbs of Will (Radio Legs, 2003)
    Vijay Iyer - Reimagining (Savoy, 2005)
    Frank Kimbrough - Lullabluebye (Palmetto, 2004)
    Lee Konitz with Alan Broadbent - Live-Lee (Milestone, 2003)
    Dave Liebman - Further Conversations: Live (True Azul, 2008)
    Chris Lightcap Quartet - Bigmouth (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2003)
    Tony Malaby - Adobe (Sunnyside, 2004)
    Enrico Pieranunzi & Paul Motian with Chris Potter - Doorways (CamJazz, 2004)
    Jerome Sabbagh - North (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2004)
    Angelica Sanchez - Mirror Me (OmniTone, 2004)
    Wayne Shorter - Beyond the Sound Barrier (Verve, 2005)
    Bobo Stenson - Serenity (ECM, 2000)
    John Stetch - Standards (Justin Time, 2003)
    Bobby Watson & Horizon - Horizon Reassembled (Palmetto, 2004)
    We Three (Dave Liebman, Steve Swallow, Adam Nussbaum) - Three for All (Challenge, 2006)
    Larry Willis - The Offering (Highnote, 2008)
    Gerald Wilson - In My Time (Mack Avenue, 2005)

    Looks like Tony Malaby gets my "favorite of the 00's" vote. He appears on FIVE of these records, one as a leader (Adobe) and four as a sideman.

    Dave Liebman, who makes my list twice, also gets an extra-big THUMBS UP from me. I could have easily included many more by Lieb on my list, but I tried to limit the recordings as a leader to one. (I cheated a bit with We Three; he's a co-leader in that group.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by papsrus View Post
    Ah ... those are some highlights for me. (maybe a list would have been better?)

    paps, if you're feeling up for it, I'd love to see your LIST.
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    Dave Holland Quintet Extended Play / Live at Birdland (2003, ECM)
    Keith Jarrett Radiance (2005, ECM)
    Marc Copland Time Within Time (2005, HatHut)
    Bobo Stenson Serenity (2000, ECM)
    Steve Kuhn Trio Live At Bluenote (2007, Blue Note)
    Donny McCaslin Recommended Tools (2008, Greenleaf)
    Andrew Hill A Beautiful Day (2002, Palmetto)
    Andrew Hill Dusk (2000, Palmetto)
    Andrew Hill Timelines (2006, Blue Note)
    Tomasz Stanko Lontano (2006, ECM)
    Tomasz Stanko Dark Eyes (2009, ECM)
    Charles Lloyd Quartet Rabo De Nube (2008, ECM)
    Enrico Pieranunzi Live In Paris (2005, CamJazz)
    Martial Solal Trio Longitude (2008, CamJazz)
    Dave Douglas Quintet Live at the Jazz Standard (2007, Greenleaf)
    Kurt Rosenwinkel The Remedy: Live at the Village Vanguard (2007, Artistshare)
    Bennie Maupin Quartet Early Reflections (2008, Cryptogrammophone)
    John Abercrombie Class Trip (2004, ECM)
    Joshua Redman Compass (2009, NoneSuch)
    Enrico Rava New York Days (2009, ECM)
    Arild Andersen Live At Belleville (2009, ECM)
    Quest Redemption - Quest Live In Europe (2007, Hathut)
    Marilyn Crispell Amaryllis (2002, ECM)
    Heinz Sauer & Michael Wollny Certain Beauty (2006, ACT)
    Wayne Shorter Footprints Live (2002, Verve)
    William Parter O'Neal's Porch (2000, Aum Fidelity)

    My favorite record label of the 2000's is ECM and the top 3 artists for me are Andrew Hill, Tomasz Stanko and Keith Jarrett

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    Quote Originally Posted by HutchFan View Post
    paps, if you're feeling up for it, I'd love to see your LIST.
    I'll throw a few titles into the mix gathered from here and there. Funny, I'm listening to Holland's Extended Play now. I see Save digs it. I'd go along with that.

    Trying to steer clear as best I can of some that have already been mentioned, many of which I love, here goes (in no particular order):

    Mark Masters Ensemble -- "Farewell Walter Dewey Redman" (capri) 2008
    Trio M -- "Big Picture" (cryptogramophone) 2007
    Alexander Hawkins Ensemble -- "No Now Is So" (fmr) 2009
    William Parker Double Quartet -- "Alphaville Suite" (rogue art) 2007
    Von Freeman -- "Vonski Speaks" (nessa) 2009
    Schlippenbach Trio -- "Winterreise" (psi) 2006
    Lee Konitz -- "New Nonet" (omnitone) 2006
    Royal Hartigan Ensemble -- "Blood Drum Spirit, Live in China" (innova) 2008
    Khail El Zabar's Ritual Trio -- "Africa N'da Blues" (delmark) 2000
    "Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra" (thrill jockey) 2008
    Roy Campbell -- "Ethnic Stew and Brew" (delmark) 2000
    Matana Roberts -- "The Chicago Project" (central control) 2007

    Also some of Vandermark's Territory Band releases. Have several of those and dig 'em.

    This one's been mentioned by a few folks. An excellent album:
    Fred Anderson/Hamid Drake - "From the River to the Ocean"

    Also, Dave Douglas' Live at the Jazz Standard, the complete digital release. Very good.

    Probably a pretty representative sample of the kind of stuff I've been drawn to from the past decade. Some of it more "out" than others. All of it imaginative and compelling.
    "There comes a time in all of our lives where silence is a betrayal." -- The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Floratone - “Floratone”
    Steve Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra - “MTO Volume 1”
    Annouar Brahem - “Le Voyage De Sahar”
    Jacob Young - “Sideways”
    Marcin Wasilewski Trio - “January”
    Miroslav Vitous - “Universal Syncopations II”
    Kamikaze Ground Crew - “Postcards from the Highwire”
    Robert Glasper - “In My Element”
    Brad Mehldau - “Largo”
    Terence Blanchard - “A Tale of God’s Will”
    Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos - “Filtros”
    Brad Shepik - “Human Activity Suite”
    Aaron Parks - “Invisible Cinema”
    E.S.T. - “Strange Place for Snow”
    E.S.T. - “Tuesday Wonderland”
    Brian Blade - “Season of Changes”
    Wayne Horvitz - “Way Out East”
    Ron Miles - “Blossom/Stone”
    Bill Frisell - “Disfarmer”
    Bill Frisell - “History, Mystery”
    Bill Frisell - “Intercontinentals”
    3 Cohens - “Braid”
    Diego Barber - “Calima”
    Jeremy Udden - “Plainville”
    Todd Sickafoose - “Tiny Resistors”
    Klabbes Bank - “Je Suis la Mer”
    Avishai Cohen - “Gently Disturbed”
    Azure - “Azure”
    Brian Patneaude - “Riverview”
    Ben Allison - “Little Things Run the World”
    Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society - “Infernal Machines”
    Eivind Opsvik - “Overseas III”
    Jason Lindner - “Ab Aeterno”
    Nik Bartch’s Ronin - “Holon”
    Omer Avital - “The Ancient Art of Giving”
    Roswell Rudd & Toumani Diabate - “Malicool”
    Tom Davis - “Lake Songs”
    Trilok Gurtu - “Arkeology”

    I just picked this up, but I think it’s got the kind of stuff that should make this list...
    Christophe Pays - “Ellipse”

    And I’ve just begun to look into rediscovering John Zorn through his recent releases, so none of those make this list just because I haven’t bought them yet, but I like what I’ve heard thus far.

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