The best jazz albums of 2000
1. The Complete Hot Five And Seven Recordings
How could this not be the most important release of the year — or of any year, for that matter? This utterly indispensable boxed set collects the seminal 1920s performances that shook the world to its core and transformed jazz, both instrumental and vocal, into a durable art form.
2. The Water Is Wide
This low-key recital finds the veteran tenor saxophonist at a new lyrical peak, with outstanding assists from the highly touted pianist Brad Mehldau, who plays with more invention and passion here than he does on his own albums.
3. Whisper Not
Although stricken with chronic fatigue syndrome, pianist Keith Jarrett triumphs on an engrossing live set that displays his masterly way with both breakneck bop tunes and ruminative ballads; longtime trio mates, drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Gary Peacock, provide brilliant authoritative support.