JazzTimes Critics' Picks 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.

John Hollenbeck
By Ken Franckling
Terri Lyne Carrington
By Mary Curtin

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New Releases

21. Nicole Mitchell’s
Ice Crystals

22. John Hollenbeck
Songs I Like a Lot

23. Marc Cary
For the Love of Abbey

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

25. Barry Altschul
The 3dom Factor

26. Rudresh Mahanthappa

27. Amir ElSaffar

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

29. Tierney Sutton
After Blue

30. Ben Goldberg
Unfold Ordinary Mind

31. 3 Cohens

32. Fred Hersch and Julian Lage
Free Flying

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

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

37. Ralph Alessi

38. Ben Monder

39. Bill Frisell
Big Sur

40. Roberto Fonseca
(Concord Jazz)

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