JazzTimes Critics’ Picks 2013

Our contributors choose the best releases of 2013

John Hollenbeck
John Hollenbeck
Terri Lyne Carrington

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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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)