Ten of My Favorite 2008 Recordings

I acknowledge this list to be not only arbitrary, but incomplete; while the roughly 150 new CDs that I heard this year are probably more than the average listener sampled, they clearly represent only a tiny fraction of what’s actually out there.

Keeril Makan—Bodysong

The music of Keeril Makan contains multitudes: pulsating rhythmic gestures, noise and abstraction, beauteous slow-moving harmonies, and long-breathed modal melodies.

The Quest for the Crimson Grail

The reason that I volunteered for A Crimson Grail was simple: I wanted to participate in something that I had never experienced before, and could experience in no other way.

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