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JazzTimes Critics’ Picks 2013

Our contributors choose the best releases of 2013

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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 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.

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



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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