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Mike Jurkovic's Best Albums Of 2023


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Led by Veronica Swift and Lakecia Benjamin, 2023 spotlighted some brilliantly moving new music in a year of previously unheard masterpieces. If music soothes the savage beast, this was a great year to be listening.

John Coltrane
Evenings At The Village Gate
Impulse! Records

Veronica Swift
Veronica Swift
Mack Avenue Records

Kris Davis
Diatom Ribbons Live At The Village Vanguard
Self Produced

Lakecia Benjamin
Whirlwind Recordings

Bob Dylan
Fragments -Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series, Vol. 17
Columbia Records

Various Artists
Written In Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos
Stax Records

Chick Corea
Candid Records

Esbjorn Svensson
ACT Music

Brad Mehldau
Your Mother Should Know: Brad Mehldau Plays The Beatles
Nonesuch Records

Christian McBride
Brother Mister Productions

Matt Wilson
Live at The Cafe Bohemia
Giant Step Arts

In Real Time
Blue Note Records

Joe Lovano
Our Daily Bread
ECM Records

Orrin Evans
The Red Door
Smoke Sessions Records

Rachel Eckroth
Sam First Records

Joni Mitchell
Vol. 3: The Asylum Years (1972-1975)
Elektra / WEA

Lafayette Gilchrist
Morphius Records

Oscar Peterson
Con Alma: The Oscar Peterson Trio Live in Lugano, 1964
Mack Avenue Records

Miles Davis
The Electric Years Box Set
Columbia Records / VMP Anthology

Bill Evans
Tales: Live in Copenhagen (1964)
Elemental Music

Ivo Perelman
Seven Skies Orchestra
Fundacja Sluchaj

Dave Brubeck
The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Live From The Northwest, 1959
Brubeck Editions

Ahmad Jamal
Emerald City Nights: Live at The Penthouse, 1966-1968
Jazz Detective

Giuseppe Millaci
Double Portrait
Hypnote Records

Mette Henriette
ECM Records



Year in Review Mike Jurkovic ACT Music HOME.S. Esbjorn Svensson Nonesuch Records Your Mother Should Know: Brad Mehldau Plays The Beatles brad mehldau Whirlwind Recordings Phoenix Lakecia BENJAMIN Artwork Records The Source Kenny Barron Cellar Music Grouo Dave Liebman: Live at Smalls Dave Liebman Brother Mister Productions Prime Christian McBride Blue Note Records Corridors Kendrick Scott ECM Records Sphere Bobo Stenson Giant Step Arts LIve at The Cafe Bohemia Matt Wilson Drifting Mette Henriette Fundacja Słuchaj! Molten Gold Ivo Perelman 577 Records Time Together / Time Apart HELEN SVOBODA In Real Time Artemis Our Daily Bread joe lovano Woolgathering Records Mannerist Matt Ulery Stormy Beauty Nils Kugelmann Desafío Candente Life & Umbrella Javier Red Mahakala Music Prophecy Know: Delirium Atom Paths Pat Thomas Smoke Sessions Records The Red Door Orrin Evans Volume 2 John Dikeman Impulse! Records Evenings At The Village Gate John Coltrane Mack Avenue Records Veronica Swift Self Produced Diatom Ribbons Live At The Village Vanguard Kris Davis Candid Records Sardinia Chick Corea Soul Song Records Melodies of Light Yosef Gutman Levitt Bandstand Records Master Legacy Series Volume 5 Featuring Houston Person Houston Person Sam First Records Humanoid Rachel Eckroth Top Side Music Borrowed Roses Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trabajadores De Energi Daniel Carter Divinations Tina Raymond Morphius Records Undaunted Lafayette Gilchrist Ruby Slippers Productions Coincidental Moment Lisa Hilton Con Alma: The Oscar Peterson Trio Live in Lugano, 1964 oscar peterson Columbia Records / VMP Anthology The Electric Years Box Set Miles Davis Motema Music Rising Sun Shuteen Erdenebaatar Elemental Music Tales: Live in Copenhagen (1964) Bill Evans From Out Here Music Here Now Soren Bebe Pine Eagle Records Fire Within Rich Halley Fundacja Sluchaj Seven Skies Orchestra Brubeck Editions The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Live From The Northwest, 1959 Dave Brubeck Jazz Detective Emerald City Nights: Live at The Penthouse, 1966-1968 Ahmad Jamal

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