By Gili Malinsky
By Bob Ruggiero
By Hilary Hughes
By Peter Gerstenzang
By David R. Adler
By Devon Maloney
By Brian McManus
By Jessica Hopper
1. SONIC LIBERATION FRONT:Ashé a Go-Go (High Two) Yin and yangfierce avant-sax and friendly folk songs united by shifty Afro-Cuban beats.
2. MATTHEW SHIPP:Harmony and Abyss (Thirsty Ear) Sums up the Blue Series with the return of the piano as the grandest rhythm instrument of all.
3. THE VANDERMARK FIVE:Elements of Style . . . Exercises in Surprise (Atavistic) The ideas come fast and furious with Vandermark's acoustic machine in full gear.
7. JEWELS & BINOCULARS:Floater (Ramboy) Every now and then a scrap of Bob Dylan melody floats by like a leaf in a warm autumn breeze.
8. ZU & SPACEWAYS INC.: Radiale (Atavistic) Battle of the bands returns to the classicsSun Ra and Funkadelic.
9. SATOKO FUJII QUARTET:Zephyros (NatSat) Her records range so widely you're never sure where she'll go next, but this rhythm section wants to rock out.
10. DON BYRON:Ivey-Divey (Blue Note) The most expansive album ever by the guy who started the clarinet's return to jazz prominence.