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Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2013


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The annual rite of writing a "best of" list at All About Jazz is a most pleasurable and difficult task; pleasurable for the reflections on great art that come along with the task and difficult because of the need to make hard choices. I've been inspired by dozens of new jazz recordings this year, but I've whittled down the list to these eighteen albums. This year's list includes perennial favorites, critically acclaimed giants, oft-unheralded veterans, up-and-comers, virtual unknowns and more. As per usual, only albums that I reviewed at All About Jazz were up for consideration (Note: these albums are not ranked in order of preference):

Dave Holland
(Dare2 Records)

Tierney Sutton
After Blue
(BFM Jazz)

Alexis Cuadrado
A Lorca Soundscape

Nicky Schrire
Space And TIme
(Magenta Label Group)

Fred Hersch and Julian Lage
Free Flying
(Palmetto Records)

Dick Hyman & Ken Peplowski
...Live At The Kitano

Frank Wess
Magic 101
(IPO Recordings)

David Ake
(Posi-Tone Records)

Jim Snidero
Stream Of Consciousness
(Savant Records)

Ryan Keberle + Catharsis
Music Is Emotion
(Alternate Side Records)

Marc Cary
For The Love Of Abbey
(Motéma Music)

Kait Dunton
Mountain Suite
(Self Produced)

Heather Masse and Dick Hyman
Lock My Heart
(Red House)

Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra

Nilson Matta
Nilson Matta's Black Orpheus
(Motema Music)

Tommy Flanagan / Jaki Byard
The Magic Of 2
(Resonance Records)

Duduka Da Fonseca Trio
New Samba Jazz Directions
(Zoho Music)

3 Cohens
(Anzic Records)


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