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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

Circular Dreaming


Carla Bley


Pat Metheny


Aaron Parks


Joe Locke
Lay Down My Heart


Drew Gress
The Sky Inside


The Impossible Gentlemen
Int'l Unrecognisable Aliens


Edward Simon
Live at the Jazz Standard


John Abercrombie
39 Steps


Tim Berne Snakeoil
Shadow Man


John Hollenbeck
Songs I Like a Lot


Antonio Sanchez
New Life

(Cam Jazz)



Wayne Shorter
Without a Net

(Blue Note)

Chris Potter
The Sirens


Jazz Reissues & Historical Releases

Woody Shaw
Complete Muse Sessions

Manfred Eicher
Selected Signss


Miles Davis
Live in Europe 1969


Keith Jarrett

Looking for the Next One

Bill Frisell
Live Download Series


Progressive/Fusion/Funk New Releases

Grand General
Grand General

(Rune Grammofon)

Steven Wilson
The Raven


Jaga Jazzist
Live w/ Britten Sinfonia

(Ninja Tune)



Levin Minnemann Rudess
Levin Minnemann Rudess

(Lazy Bones)

Asaf Sirkis Trio
Shepherd's Stories


Progressive/Fusion/Funk Reissues & Historical Releases

King Crimson
Road to Red

(DGM Live)

Herbie Hancock
Complete Columbia Albums

Peter Gabriel
Live in Athens

(Real World/Eagle Eye)

New Discoveries (including new groups)

Third Reel


Edvard Lygre Møster


Bill Frisell
Big Sur


The Swallow Quintet
Into the Woodwork


Pierluigi Balducci
Blue from Heaven




Fire! Orchestra

(Rune Grammofon)

Tomas Stańko New York Quartet


David Binney
Lifted Land

(Criss Cross)

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

John Scofield
Überjam Deux


Arve Henriksen
Places of Worship

(Rune Grammofon)



Jan Bang
Narrative From the Subtropics


Richard Thompson


Eyes of a Blue Dog

(Babel Label)


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