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C. Andrew Hovan's Best Albums of 2023


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Even as it seems the media has yet again touted music this year that seems to stray from the tradition, there's still a wealth of artists issuing viable music that looks ahead while also respecting jazz's deep legacy. Furthermore, the vinyl renaissance continues to bring us troves of unearthed gems along with old favorites dressed in new clothing. With a taste towards those artists practicing the mainstream jazz vernacular, here are my choices for favorite releases from 2023. The first half dozen focuses on new music, while the second half is reserved for historical releases and reissues.

Jim Snidero
Far Far Away

Joe Farnsworth
In What Direction Are You Headed?
Smoke Sessions

John Scofield
Uncle John's Band

John Hart

Jim Rotondi
Over Here
Criss Cross Jazz

Steve Smith and Vital Information
Time Flies
Wounded Bird

Charles Mingus
Changes: The Complete 1970s Atlantic Recordings

McCoy Tyner
Blue Note Tone Poet

Jack Wilson
Easterly Winds
Blue Note Tone Poet

Big John Patton
Let 'Em Roll
Blue Note Tone Poet

Wes Montgomery
The Complete Full House Recordings
Craft Recordings

Cal Tjader
Catch the Groove
Jazz Detective



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