Earlier in 2020, to celebrate our golden anniversary, we conducted five separate readers’ polls asking you to tell us your top 10 jazz albums for each of the five decades of JazzTimes‘ existence. Nearly 50,000 votes later, we have the results of all those polls, ranked by the number of votes cast per album, and we’re revealing them this week—one day for each decade (starting Monday, November 9). After that, it’s time for our critics’ Top 50 albums list for the past 50 years, which we’ll be rolling out, also by decade, next week (starting Monday, November 16). Add those lists together and you’ve got a lot of great music for a 50th birthday party.
Released January 25, 2005 on Nonesuch Records. Pat Metheny: acoustic guitars and electric guitars, guitar synthesizer, toy guitar; Lyle Mays: piano, keyboards, toy xylophone; Steve Rodby: acoustic and electric bass, cello, violin; Cuong Vu: trumpet, voice, toy whistle; Grégoire Maret: harmonica; Antonio Sánchez: drums, toy xylophone; Richard Bona: percussion, voice, toy guitar; Dave Samuels: percussion. Produced by Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, and Steve Rodby.