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The Year's Best Jazz CDs

In a year of great jazz music, the finest album belonged to the final recording by saxophonist Michael Brecker, who died in January, having left his mark on more than 900 records. Brecker's style owed a lot to John Coltrane, but he found musical partners far and wide, from Joni Mitchell to Paul Simon to James Brown.

What follows are the Top 10 jazz recordings of 2007, led by Brecker.

Copyright 2007 WBGO

Gary Walker