Jazz Spectrum - Best of 2013

Jazz Spectrum - Best of 2013

Best of 2013

It took a bumper sticker to show me, graphically, what I’ve always suspected: Art is at the center of Earth. Embattled though our planet is, it offers, in a bewilderingly widening stream, the endless innovations of art. Demographics may be, as has been said, just another form of lie. But in this list of fifty notable recordings from 2013, you’ll find a striking diversity of age, style, creed, training, technique, sound, and vision – jazz. (* denotes a special favorite.)

Geri Allen - Grand River Crossing
* Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society - Brooklyn Babylon
Jamie Baum - In This Life
Terence Blanchard - Magnetic
Carla Bley - Trios
Jane Ira Bloom - Sixteen Sunsets
Jaimeo Brown - Transcendence
Marc Cary - For the Love of Abbey
Claudia Quintet - September
* Steve Coleman - Functional Arrhythmias
Aaron Diehl - The Bespoke Man’s Narrative
Dave Douglas - Time Travel
* Mark Dresser Quintet - Nourishments
* Marty Ehrlich - A Trumpet in the Morning
Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense - Moment & the Message
Steve Gadd Band - Gadditude
Kenny Garrett - Pushing the World Away
Ben Goldberg - Unfold Ordinary Mind
Drew Gress - The Sky Inside
* Mary Halvorson - Illusionary Sea
Joel Harrison 19 - Infinite Possibility
Fred Hersch & Julian Lage - Free Flying
Florian Hoefner Group - Falling Up
Dave Holland - Prism
* John Hollenbeck - Songs I Like a Lot
Ethan Iverson - Costumes are Mandatory
Keith Jarrett - Somewhere
Brian Landrus’s Kaleidoscope - Mirage
* Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran - Hagar’s Song
Joe Locke - Lay Down My Heart
Joe Lovano Us Five - Cross Culture
Rudresh Mahanthappa - Gamak
Rob Mazurek - Skull Sessions
Myra Melford - Life Carries Me This Way
Mostly Other People Do the Killing - Slippery Rock
Gary Peacock & Marilyn Crispell - Azure
Michael Pedicin - Why Stop Now/Ubuntu
Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit
* Chris Potter - The Sirens
Joshua Redman - Walking Shadows
Eric Revis - City of Asylum
Matana Roberts - COIN COIN Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
Roswell Rudd - Trombone for Lovers
Cecile McLoren Savant - WomanChild
* Wayne Shorter - Without a Net
Clark Sommers - Ba(SH)
Wadada Leo Smith & TUMO - Occupy The World
Tomasz Stanko - Wislawa
* Craig Taborn - Chants
Steve Turre - The Bones of Art

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