Other LondonJazz Contributors' Top Albums of 2013

Following on from Chris Parker's Top Albums of 2013 list, here are four of our other contributors' favourites of the year:

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Alison Bentley:




John O’Gallagher - The Anton Webern Project (WR4635)

This music is addictive and beautiful, played with dedication and passion: challenging and intriguing, taking the jazz tradition on a step further into Schoenberg's 'emancipation of dissonance'.



Mulatu Astatke - Sketches of Ethiopia (Jazz Village)

Each listening reveals a new layer of subtlety and richness, as the compelling Ethiopian rhythms and scales fuse with jazz improvisation.

Photo Credit: Sofia Wilde


-isq - -isq (Cheespeas Records)

These superb musicians have brought together the musical styles they love with emotional authenticity.

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Andy Boeckstaens:



Terence Blanchard - Magnetic (Blue Note)



Ethan Iverson/Lee Konitz - Costumes Are Mandatory (Highnote)



Rudresh Mahanthappa - Gamak (ACT)



The Impossible Gentlemen - Internationally Recognised Aliens (Basho)

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Rob Edgar:



Ruthie Culver & the Utter Jazz Quartet - Look Stranger (Purring Recordings)

There are many intriguing and wonderful things about this album, first and foremost of which is the ensemble's deep and thoughtful understanding of the original music

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Sebastian Scotney:



Bill Frisell - Big Sur (Okeh)

The subtleties and the puzzles of Big Sur will be enjoyed for many years.



Vincent Peirani - Thrill Box (ACT)

After about a fortnight of listening to Vincent Peirani's CD Thrill Box(ACT Music), I'm still going back - again and and again



Kit Downes - Light from Old Stars (Basho Records, SRCD 42-2)

1 comment:

  1. Lovely stuff. Meanwhile on another blog, here is thejazzbreakfast Festive 50 - the top ten: http://wp.me/piYaD-2uh

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