2008 was another great year for jazz rock fusion progressive whateveryoucallit guitar music. Here are my favorite albums of the year, in order of their release.
Fantastic Holdsworthian fusion. Great acoustic/electric tones.
Western jazz fusion played with Eastern musicians. McLaughlin's best album in years.
Outstanding writing and playing. True heavy fusion.
An Abstract Logix exclusive. Awesome live recording featuring tracks from the Improvision album.
Highly creative heavy fusion from Chris Poland and co.
Remarkable writing and playing. My favorite album of the year.
Great live album featuring all of Beck's classics. Look for my review soon.
Other favorites from 2008:
Paul Gilbert - Silence Followed by a Deafening Roar (Review)
Charlie Hunter - Baboon Strength
Mike Miller Quintet - World Goes Round
McCoy Tyner - Guitars
Claude Pauly - Mind Meets Matter
Tadashi Goto - Innervisions
CAB - Theatre De Marionnettes