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Take Five's Top 5 Jazz CDs Of 2008

Rudresh Mahanthappa.
Mark Duggan
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Rudresh Mahanthappa.

Whether openly or covertly, all music types love this time of year. It's not just that Christmas shopping gives us an excuse to visit our local record stores; it's also that we're hard at work making Top 10 lists and checking them twice before we get there. Some may claim to hate best-of manifestos on principle, but deep down, what could a performing artist, reviewer or radio programmer enjoy more than recommending new music?

Those of us behind the Take Five series wanted to get in on the act, too. So we asked NPR Music's contributing jazz partners WBGO, WDUQ and Jazz24 to recommend their top jazz albums of the year for our Best CDs of 2008 series. We then compiled what we thought were the very best of the best — and added our own personal picks.

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