2013 Favorites

make_a_listI love music, but with each passing year I grow less interested in ranking or rating it, for reasons I’ve explained here. Ambivalence aside, I still get year-end email and calls at the radio station asking for the list, and I’m always pleased that Francis Davis taps me for his jazz critics poll, now co-sponsored by NPR.

So that’s the context for this list of year-end favorites. It should go without saying that there was so much great music released in the past 12 months, I could have easily come up with a very different list based on impulse, urge or notion.

2013 NEW RELEASES

  1. John Clayton, Parlor Series (ArtistShare)
  2. Mario Adnet, Um Olhar Sobre Villa Lobos (Boranda)
  3. Steve Coleman, Functional Arrythmias (Pi)
  4. Wayne Shorter, Without a Net (Blue Note)
  5. Cécile McLorin Salvant, WomanChild (Mack Avenue)
  6. Etienne Charles, Creole Soul (Culture Shock)
  7. Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-uba, 30 Years: A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America (Advance Dance Disques)
  8. Warren Wolf, Wolfgang (Mack Avenue)
  9. Nicole Mitchell, Aquarius (Delmark)
  10. Gerald Clayton, Life Forum (Concord)

REISSUES

  1. Various, French New Wave (Jazz on Film)
  2. Paul Motian, Paul Motian (ECM)
  3. Roscoe Mitchell, Live at “A Space” 1975 (Delmark)

VOCAL

  • Cécile McLorin Salvant, WomanChild (Mack Avenue)

DEBUT

  • Matt Mitchell, Fiction (Pi)

LATIN

  • Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-uba, 30 Years: A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America (Advance Dance Disques)
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