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Friday, December 13, 2013

The Final Best of 2013 List for www.criticaljazz.com!


This is the time of year that I hate...Not Christmas but the "Best of" lists where critics are lobbied by artists, managers, publicists, and record labels to please give their talent consideration in our final decision. I took that pesky burden off my own shoulders and this 2013 is 75-80% reader chosen with a limited number of picks from this critic as taste is indeed subjective.So in NO PARTICULAR ORDER here are my top 60 releases for the year. Please note if you see an artist name and a number, it means all of their work this year was exceptional so they all qualify!
 
1. Marc Carey - For The Love Of Abbey (2)
2. Hristo Vitchev - Rhodopa (3)
3. Tony Adamo - Miles Of Blu
4. Perry Beekman - So In Love
5. On Impulse - Ten Minutes In Paris
6. The SoHo Rentals
7. Antonio Sanchez - New Life
8. Antonio Adolfo - Finus Mixtures
9. Utopian Dreams Band - From Dreams To You
10. Rotem Sivan - Enchanted Sun
11. Noah Haidu - Momentum
12. Nilson Matta - Black Orpheus
13. Francesco Cataldo - Spaces
14. Adam Rongo - Tell Your Story
15. Tim Berne's Snakeoil - Shadowman
16. Ivo Perelman - The Gift (5)
17. Steve Cole - Pulse
18. Ana Mai - Blossom
19. Roberto Vally - Boom Boom Boom
20. Al Di Meola - All Your Life
21. Kyle Eastwood - The View From Here
22. Chuck Loeb - Silhouette
23. Bill McBirnie Trio - Find Your Place
24. Tom Dempsey - Saucy
25. Gregg Kalor - A Single Noon
26. Bart Brandjes - Real Life
27. Nicolas Bearde - Visions
28. Tom Harrell - Colors Of A Dream
29. Shlomi Cohen - Breather
30. Michel Camillo - What's Up?
31. Anthony Strong - Steppin Out
32. Best Of Doug Ferony Volume 1
33. Gretchen Parlato Live In New York City CD/DVD
34. Jeff Golub - Train Keeps A Rolling
35. Daniel Bennett - Clock Head Goes To Camp
36. Jeff Lorber - Hacienda
37. Chick Corea - Vigil
38. Mike Jones Trio - Plays Well With Others
39. Wayne Wallace - Latin Jazz Jazz Latin
40. Narada Michael Walden - Thunder
41. Kathy Kosins - The Space Between
42. Bob James / David Sanborn - Quartette Humaine
43. Denny Zeitlin - Both/And
44. Project Them
45. Brandon Coleman - Decisions
46 Craig Tweddel - Away With Words
47. Mark Winkler - Laura Nyro Project
48. Joey De Francesco - One For Rudy
49. Novas Trio - Boarderfall
50. Jim Snidero - Stream of Consciousness
51. Andy Snitzer - The Rhythm
52. Eliane  Elias - I Thought About You
53. Will Calhoun - Life In This World
54. Harold Lopez-Nussa - New Day
55. Markus Gottschlich - Of Places Between
56.Venissa Santi - Big Stuff Afro Cuban Holiday
57. SKNAIL - Glitch Jazz
58. Sketches - Volume One
59. Scott Allman - Next Stop Home
60. Burak Bedikyan - Circle Of Life
Please note Yelena Eckemoff was accidently left off this list. The release is Glass Song from her critically acclaimed trio. My apologies to Yelena and Happy New Year to all!

Again - These are in NO particular order. I chose the number 60 as it was 10% of the amount of music reviewed for 2013.