50 of the Top Jazz CDs for 2013

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Scott Albin

This writer's 3rd annual list of 50 of the best jazz releases, circa 2013, doesn't come close to containing all the excellent new CDs that he was privileged enough to hear during the year. As usual, the list is in alphabetical order, thus in that sense playing no favorites. Pictured alongside this list is the cover of the New Gary Burton Quartet's Guided Tour CD, which is on the list but has more importantly just received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Album.

Eric Alexander-- Touching
Neil Alexander-- Darn That Dream
Aperturistic Trio-- Truth and Actuality
The Bechet Legacy-- Birch Hall Concerts Live
Alí Bello-- Connection Caracas-New York
Terence Blanchard-- Magnetic
Michael Blanco-- No Time Like the Present
Kenny Burrell-- Special Requests
New Gary Burton Quartet-- Guided Tour
Lou Caimano / Eric Olsen-- Dyad Plays Puccini
Ian Carey Quintet + 1-- Roads and Codes
Glenn Cashman's Southland Nonet-- Music Without Borders
Etienne Charles-- Creole Soul
Cecelia Coleman Big Band-- Who Am I?
Steve Coleman and the Five Elements-- Functional Arrhythmias
Eddie Daniels / Roger Kellaway-- Duke at the Roadhouse
Michael Dease-- Coming Home
Aaron Diehl-- Bespoke Man's Narrative
Mark Egan / Karl Latham / John Hart-- Unit 1
Amir ElSaffar-- Alchemy
Matthew Finck / Jonathan Ball Project-- It's Not That Far
Ken Fowler / Behn Gillece-- Top Shelf
Bob Franceschini / Mark Sherman-- Project Them
Cleave Guyton, Jr.-- Introducing the C.P. Heptet
Scott Hamilton-- Swedish Ballads...and More
Fred Hersch / Julian Lage-- Free Flying
Tim Horner-- The Head of the Circle
Mike Jones Trio-- Plays Well with Others
Matt Kane Trio-- Suit-Up!
Tom Kennedy-- Just Play!
Richard Lanham-- Thou Swell
Billy Lester-- Storytime
Mark Masters Ensemble-- Everything You Did
Christian McBride-- People Music
Miami Saxophone Quartet-- Four of a Kind
New York Voices-- Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne
The O'Farrill Brothers Band-- Sensing Flight
Steve Owen-- Stand Up Eight
Gregory Porter-- Liquid Spirit
P.J. Rasmussen-- Adventures In Flight
Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band-- Game Changer
Steve Slagle-- Evensong
Anthony Smith Vibraphone Quartet-- Connections, Vol. One
Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers-- Border-Free
Hristo Vitchev Quartet-- Familiar Fields
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet-- Latin Jazz / Jazz Latin
Frank Wess-- Magic 101
Warren Wolf-- Wolfgang
Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra-- New Celebration
Craig Wuepper-- Leaps and Bounds

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