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John Kelman's Best Releases of 2013

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2013 was a challenging year: more travel than usual, and some family health issues at home slowing things down when it came to reviewing the seemingly endless flow of music coming in each and every day. With hopes that 2014 will be better on that front, here are just a few of the top recorded events in jazz and beyond—and this is by no means all-inclusive; there were plenty of terrific albums for which there simply was insufficient time to cover and, as a result, cannot be included:

Jazz New Releases


Quest
Circular Dreaming

(Enja)

Carla Bley
Trio

(ECM)

Pat Metheny
Tap

(Nonesuch/Tzadik)



Aaron Parks
Arborescence

(ECM)

Joe Locke
Lay Down My Heart

(Motéma)

Drew Gress
The Sky Inside

(Pirouet)



The Impossible Gentlemen
Int'l Unrecognisable Aliens

(Basho)

Edward Simon
Live at the Jazz Standard

(Sunnyside)

John Abercrombie
39 Steps

(ECM)



Tim Berne Snakeoil
Shadow Man

(ECM)

John Hollenbeck
Songs I Like a Lot

(Sunnyside)

Antonio Sanchez
New Life

(Cam Jazz)



Peacock/Crispell
Azure

(ECM)

Wayne Shorter
Without a Net

(Blue Note)

Chris Potter
The Sirens

(ECM)




Jazz Reissues & Historical Releases


Woody Shaw
Complete Muse Sessions
(Mosaic)

Manfred Eicher
Selected Signss

(ECM)

Miles Davis
Live in Europe 1969

(Legacy)



Keith Jarrett
Concerts
(ECM)

S.O.S.
Looking for the Next One
(Cuneiform)

Bill Frisell
Live Download Series

(Songline/Tonefield)




Progressive/Fusion/Funk New Releases


Grand General
Grand General

(Rune Grammofon)

Steven Wilson
The Raven

(Kscope)

Jaga Jazzist
Live w/ Britten Sinfonia

(Ninja Tune)



Prism
Prism

(Dare2)

Levin Minnemann Rudess
Levin Minnemann Rudess

(Lazy Bones)

Asaf Sirkis Trio
Shepherd's Stories

(Stonebird)





Progressive/Fusion/Funk Reissues & Historical Releases


King Crimson
Road to Red

(DGM Live)

Herbie Hancock
Complete Columbia Albums
(Legacy)

Peter Gabriel
Live in Athens

(Real World/Eagle Eye)




New Discoveries (including new groups)


Masson/Pianca/Maniscolco
Third Reel

(ECM)

Møster!
Edvard Lygre Møster

(Hubro)

Bill Frisell
Big Sur

(Okeh)



The Swallow Quintet
Into the Woodwork

(XtraWATT/ECM)

Pierluigi Balducci
Blue from Heaven

(Dodicilune)

Moskus
Salmesykkel

(Hubro)



Fire! Orchestra
Exit!

(Rune Grammofon)

Tomas Stańko New York Quartet
Wislawa

(ECM)

David Binney
Lifted Land

(Criss Cross)




Beyond: Is it jazz? Is it not? Does it really matter?


John Scofield
Überjam Deux

(EmArcy)

Arve Henriksen
Places of Worship

(Rune Grammofon)

Tabor/Ballamy/Warren
Quercus

(ECM)



Jan Bang
Narrative From the Subtropics

(Jazzland)

Richard Thompson
Electric

(Newwest)

Eyes of a Blue Dog
Rise

(Babel Label)

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