Best of / Year End


The 2014 Desmond Award Winners

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Despite that serious expression you often see on a jazz musician's face, the truth is that laughter gets him through the day. The late, great pianist Horace Silver knew it. If you didn't see it in his impish smile, you could hear it in his music. Especially in his last studio album, which knowingly proclaimed Jazz Has A Sense of Humor (GRP, 1999). We've gotten to know lots of musicians over the years, and though we marvel at their exceptional skill and talent, we equally appreciate their humor. Ranging from outlandish, to dry, to prickly, to ...


Mark F. Turner's Best of 2013

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Jazz keeps growing and evolving through all of its permutations and 2013 was another stellar year of music. It's always difficult to pick the best from a host of outstanding releases yet the task is a labor of admiration. Another cool thing about “Year End" lists is discovering something new. Here are just a few of my favorites and hopefully something yet to be discovered for those unfamiliar with these fine releases. Wayne Shorter Quartet Without a Net (Blue Note) At 80 years young, the esteemed jazz patriarch continues to ...


Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2013

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From jazz to disco/dance, from alternative rock to world music, 2013 proved to be a really fruitful one. It was a banner year for good and colorful music that showed that audiences really respond to good music and this year, unlike many in recent times, it overflowed with such. It was a great year for older acts and for new music as well. These are some of the releases that kind of marked the year 2013 for me. Jazz Goce Stevkovski Seven Stories (Password Production) Ljubojna Ljubojna ...


2013: The Year In Jazz

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The West Coast now has a jazz edifice of its own with strong roots, International Jazz Day grew in scope during year two, jazz made its mark on (and off) Broadway, and the number of musicians lost during the year was large and painful. Here's a look at significant happenings across the jazz world over the past 12 months: SFJazz Center opens Thirty years after it began as a festival and concert-producing organization, SFJazz opened its $64 million SFJazz Center on January 23. The facility is billed as the first stand-alone building designed for jazz in ...


Top Ten "Most Read" Album Reviews: 2013

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All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our top ten published in 2013. Sex Mob Cinema, Circus & Spaghetti (Sex Mob Plays Fellini) Wayne Shorter Quartet Wayne Shorter Quartet: Without a Net John Scofield John Scofield: Uberjam Deux Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette Somewhere Pat Metheny Pat Metheny: Tap--John Zorn's Book of Angels | Vol. 20 Chris Potter Chris Potter: The Sirens Pat Metheny Pat Metheny: Tap--John Zorn's Book of ...


Top Ten "Most Read" Articles: 2013

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All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read, and the articles listed below represent our top ten published in 2013. 1. Diana Krall: Rediscovering Vaudeville in Glad Rag Doll 2. The Harlem Renaissance and American Music 3. John McLaughlin: Risk, Magic And Mystery 4. George Benson: Finding His Groove In Inspiration 5. Steven Wilson: Montreal, Canada, April 25, 2013 6. Eberhard Weber: Positive Pragmatism 7. Peter Hook: Tragic Joy, Electrified Order 8. Arve Henriksen: ...


R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2013

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Always a tricky thing is the selection of “best of" lists for the year. I don't get to hear everything that comes out, so a lot of fine music is missed. Also, the selection itself is subject to whims. An album may hit you right from the get-go. Another might take time to grow on you, and maybe it never gets that time. Then there are the many good albums that fall by the wayside in the selection process. Are they not as good? So here are some of the top albums where I thought the ...

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