01/27/14

JazzTimes Critics' Poll 2013

Our contributors choose the best releases of 2013

We calculated our top 40 new releases and top 10 historical/reissue recordings of 2013 based on year-end lists by our writers. They were asked to choose the 10 best new releases and five best historical titles—i.e., albums and box sets consisting primarily of music recorded a decade or more ago. To see each voter’s ballot, log on to JazzTimes.com. Only CDs and box sets released between Nov. 6, 2012, and Nov. 19, 2013 were eligible. Some releases may have slipped through the cracks, however, as official release dates shifted or weren’t available.

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John Hollenbeck
By Ken Franckling
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Terri Lyne Carrington
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To see numbers 1-20 on the new releases list and the complete historical/reissue recordings list, purchase the issue in print or from the Apple Newsstand. Print and digital subscriptions are also available.

New Releases

21. Nicole Mitchell’s
Ice Crystals
Aquarius
(Delmark)

22. John Hollenbeck
Songs I Like a Lot
(Sunnyside)

23. Marc Cary
For the Love of Abbey
(Motéma)

24. Terri Lyne Carrington
Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue
(Concord Jazz)

25. Barry Altschul
The 3dom Factor
(TUM)

26. Rudresh Mahanthappa
Gamak
(ACT)

27. Amir ElSaffar
Alchemy
(Pi)

28. Aaron Diehl
The Bespoke Man’s Narrative
(Mack Avenue)

29. Tierney Sutton
After Blue
(BFM)

30. Ben Goldberg
Unfold Ordinary Mind
(BAG)

31. 3 Cohens
Tightrope
(Anzic)

32. Fred Hersch and Julian Lage
Free Flying
(Palmetto)

33. Eric Revis Trio
City of Asylum
(Clean Feed)

34. Ahmad Jamal
Saturday Morning
(Jazz Village)

35. David Murray
Infinity Quartet Be My Monster Love
(Motéma)

36. Paolo Fresu
Devil Quartet, Desertico
(Tŭk/Bonsaï /Otá)

37. Ralph Alessi
Baida
(ECM)

38. Ben Monder
Hydra
(Sunnyside)

39. Bill Frisell
Big Sur
(OKeh)

40. Roberto Fonseca
Yo
(Concord Jazz)

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