Thursday, December 26, 2013

Rounding up the "Best Jazz of 2013" lists

It's that time of year again, as jazz journalists, DJs, critics and bloggers are publishing their annual "Best Of" lists. And once again, for the seventh consecutive year, St. Louis Jazz Notes eschews the compilation of such a list, instead offering a meta-list with links to all of the other "Best Jazz of 2013" lists we can locate.

Just to review: The meta-list is alphabetized by writers' names. When a list was collaborative or presented as a staff-written project, the name of the publication or media outlet is used instead, with the writers' names noted if available. This post will be updated multiple times over the next several weeks as more lists become available. Here's what's out there so far:

* A Closer Listen - 2013: The Top 20 Albums of the Year
* S. Victor Aaron, Something Else - Best of 2013 Avant Garde & Experimental Music; Modern & Mainstream Jazz; Fusion Jazz; Top unreviewed Jazz and Fusion
* Académie du Jazz - 2013 prize winners
* David R. Adler, Village Voice - The 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2013
* Don Albert, Artslink.co.za - My Top 10 Jazz CDs of 2013
* Clifford Allen, Ni Kantu - Things We Like #4: The Best of 2013
* AllMusic.com - Favorite Jazz Albums of 2013
* Andrew Ansbach, StageBuddy.com - Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2013
* ARIA Charts (Australia) - Top 50 Jazz & Blues Albums
* Hrayr Attarian, AllAboutJazz.com - Top Dozen Records with a Feminine Bent for 2013
* Avant Music News - Best of 2013
* John B., Jazz Amuck (CKUT) - 20 faves for 2013
* Peter Bacon, The Jazz Breakfast - Festive 50: From 50 to 41; From 40 to 31; From 30 to 21; From 20 to 11; The Top Ten; My top ten jazz gigs of the year
* Jung Bae, hellokpop.com - 2013 in Review: Day 7 – Jazz, Crossover and Other
* Jakob Baekgaard, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2013
* Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times - Best jazz albums of 2013
* Nick Bewsey, ICON/WRTI - Top Jazz Releases of 2013
* Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases Of 2013
* Brent Black, Bop-N-Jazz - The Final Best of 2013 List for www.criticaljazz.com!
* Larry Blumenfeld, Blu Notes/Wall Street Journal - Best Jazz of 2013
* Philip Booth, Between the Grooves - Best Jazz of 2013 — My Top 10 + 25 more
* Cisco Bradley, Jazz Right Now - Best Live Creative Music of 2013
* Shaun Brady, Philadelphia City Paper - Top 10 jazz albums of 2013
* Bill Brownlee, Plastic Sax - Top Albums of 2013; The Top Jazz-Related Stories and Trends of 2013
* Chris Burnett, American Jazz Museum/Musings In Cb - My 2013 Top Music Releases List
* Burning Ambulance - The Best Jazz Albums Of 2013: #25-21; #20-16; #15-11; #10-6; #5-1
* Robert Bush, NBC San Diego/AllAboutJazz.com - Top 12 San Diego Jazz Concerts of 2013; Best Releases of 2013
* CapitalBop.com (Giovanni Russonello & Luke Stewart) - Best D.C. Jazz Albums of 2013: Our Top 5
* David Cazares, Minnesota Public Radio - A good year for Minnesota jazz
* John Chacona, Erie Times-News - Top Jazz CDs of 2013
* Adrian Chapman, white noise of everyday life - Best jazz albums of 2013
* Nate Chinen, New York Times - Top 10 Albums and Songs
* City Paper (Baltimore) - 2013 Top Ten Jazz Albums
* Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2013
* James Cooper, Red Moon Cafe - Jazz Selections for 2013
* Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases Of 2013 
* Cosmic Jazz - Best of 2013 (part one); More of the best jazz from 2013
* CultureJazz.fr - les étoiles de 2013: Les disques favoris de la rédaction et autres souvenirs...
* Curtis Davenport, Curt's Jazz Cafe - Best Jazz Albums of 2013 – The Final List
* Paul de Barros et al, Seattle Times - 7 wildly different top 10 album lists of 2013
* Anthony Dean-Harris, NextBop.com - Favorite Jazz Albums of 2013
* Monsieur Délire, Délire actuel - Délire actuel's 2013 Top 30 
* R.J. DeLuke, RJ on Jazz/AllAboutJazz.com - Top Albums of 2013
* Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Jazz Station - The Best Jazz of 2013
* Tony Dudley-Evans, The Jazz Breakfast - Top ten gigs of 2013
* Jim Dupuis, !Earshot/CFBX - Jazz: The Best of 2013
* El Intruso - Sixth Annual International Critics Poll 
* Rick Erben, Jazz Junction (KIOS) - Top Twelve of 2013
* John Fordham, The Guardian - The best albums of 2013
* Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes - Top 10 listings
* Free Jazz Collective - 2013's Top Ten Lists
* Jon Garelick, Boston Globe - Best Albums of 2013
* Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Best albums of 2013 influenced by jazz fest
* Nenad Georgievski, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2013
* Andrew Gilbert, KQED - The Golden State of Jazz: The Best California Jazz CDs of 2013
* Stephen Graham, Marlbank - 20 of the best Eurojazz releases of the year; 20 of the best UK jazz releases of 2013; 20 of the best US jazz releases of the year so far; Jazz vocals best-of
* Thomas H. Green, Napster - Best of 2013: Jazz & World
* George Grella, The Big City - Best Jazz Albums 2013
* James Hale, Jazz Chronicles - Best Jazz Recordings of 2013
* Eyal Hareuveni, AllAboutJazz.com - Best of 2013 List
* Here & Now (WBUR) - The Year in Jazz
* Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph (UK) - Top 10 Jazz albums of 2013
* Steve Holtje, Culture Catch - Steve's Favorite Jazz Albums of 2013, Part 1; Favorite Jazz Historical/Reissue Albums of 2013
* Tom Hull - The Best Jazz Albums of 2013
* Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen - 2013 List Bliss
* J. Hunter, Nippertown - BEST OF 2013: J Hunter’s Best Jazz Albums, Part I; Part II; Best Concerts of the Year
* Jazz Journalists Association - Members' Best of 2013 Lists
* The Jazz Resource - Best Jazz Albums 2013
* JazzTimes - Top 50 CDs: Our contributors' lists of the best releases of 2013
* Jazz Views - Albums Of The Year 2013
* Jazz.FM91 - Music To Listen To Jazz By (Year End Edition)
* Jazz.pt - Melhores de 2013
* JazzWeek - Year End Jazz Chart: 2013
* Willard Jenkins, Open Sky Jazz - 10 Essential 2013 releases
* Rob Johnson, Examiner.com (Denver) -Top ten jazz albums of 2013
* Kansas City Star (various contributors including Jeff Harshbarger and Mike Dillon) - Top Albums for 2013
* Fred Kaplan, Stereophile/Slate - The Best Jazz Recordings of 2013
* Matthew Kassel, New York Observer - The Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2013
* John Kelman, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2013; Best Live Shows of 2013
* Jimi King, Smooth Jazz 24/7 - The Best of 2013
* Bo Leibowitz, For Jazz Enthusiasts (KCRW) -  Top 10 Albums of 2013
* Bruce Lindsay, AllAbout Jazz.com - Best Releases Of 2013
* London Jazz News - Other LondonJazz Contributors' Top Albums of 2013
* Lucid Culture - The Best Jazz Albums of 2013
* Tom Lundregan, Tactile Tracks - The Year In Review: Best Jazz Of 2013
* Howard Mandel, Jazz Beyond Jazz - Recommended 2013 jazz-beyond-jazz recordings
* Matt Marshall, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2013
* Dan McClenaghan, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2013 
* Scott McDowell, The Long Rally (WFMU) - Favorite Records of 2013
* Bob McWilliams, Kansas Public Radio - Radio Bob's Top 5 Jazz Albums of 2013
* Bill Meyer, Magnet - Best of 2013: Jazz/Improv
* Jay Miller, The Enterprise (Brockton, MA) - 2013 Look Back: Concerts, hot new jazz
* Ralph A. Miriello, Huffington Post - My Picks for the Best of Jazz 2013 
* Justin Mitchell, Houstonia magazine - 12 Best Jazz Albums of 2013
* Stephan Moore, JazzWrap - Best Albums Of 2013
* Mundo Latino (Le Monde) - The best Latin music albums of 2013
* Paul Naser, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2013
* Nextbop/The Art of Cool Project's Favorite Jazz Albums of 2013, #9-1#20-12
* NextJazz.com - Best jazz albums of 2013
* Jessica Nicholas, ABC Jazz - Best of 2013
* Rick Nowlin, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Best of 2013: Jazz
* NPR Music - 2013 Jazz Critics Poll; Wayne Shorter And The Year's Other Passing Scenery
* Sean J. O'Connell, LA Weekly - Best Jazz Albums of 2013
* Chris Parker, London Jazz News - Albums of the Year 2013
* Ian Patterson, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2013; Best Live Shows of 2013
* Tomas Peña, Latin Jazz Network - 2013: The Year In Music, A Recap
* Denis Poole, Smooth Jazz Therapy - Top Ten Covers Of 2013; Top Twenty Of 2013
* PopMatters (Will Layman and John Garratt) - The Best Jazz of 2013
* Craig Premo, Improvised - The Top Jazz Releases of 2013
* Albert Pride, BlazeRadio - Top 25 Progressive Jazz CDs for 2013
* ProperMusic.com - Best Jazz of 2013
* The Quietus Albums Of The Year 2013; Reissues, Comps & Mixes Of 2013
* Peter Quinn, The Arts Desk - Album of the Year: Wayne Shorter Quartet - Without A Net
* Doug Ramsey, Rifftides - The Critics’ Choices
* Ben Ratliff, New York Times - Songs That Transcend the Tricks: Favorites of 2013
* Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune - Best jazz recordings of 2013; Best jazz shows of 2013
* Resilient Beats - The Best Polish Jazz Albums of 2013
* Revive Music - Top 5 Albums of 2013; A Year in Review: 2013′s Top 5 Tunes
* Li Robbins, CBC Music - Top 5 jazz albums of 2013
* Mark Saleski, Something Else - Best of 2013 (Jazz)
* Bret Saunders, Denver Post - Jazz: The ten best of a fantastic 2013 crop of recordings
* Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News - Best of 2013 jazz: Aaron Parks' joyous 'Alive in Japan' the year's top album
* Gene Seymour, That Gene Seymour - Top Ten Jazz Discs for 2013
* John Sharpe, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2013
* Hank Shteamer, Dark Forces Swing Blind Punches - 2013 jazz top 10
* Soul Brother Records - Best new jazz releases of 2013
* Sputnik Music - Best Jazz Albums of 2013
* SquidCo - Top 40 Releases for 2013
* John Stevenson, eJazzNews - Jazz Recordings for 2013 … and then some
* W. Royal Stokes - Best and Notable Releases of 2013
* Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm - Best of 2013: Albums 26-30; Albums 21-25; Albums 16-20; Albums 11-15; Albums 6-10; Albums 2-5; Album of the Year: Jaimeo Brown – “Transcendence”
* Perry Tannenbaum, Creative Loafing Charlotte - 2013 and all that jazz
* Mark F. Turner, AllAboutJazz.com - Best of 2013  
* Jon Turney, Mainly jazz in Bristol - Ten to remember from 2013
* George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune - Jazz: The year in review
* Michael Verity, About.com - 2013's Best Albums; Best Jazz Concerts Of 2013
* Chris Waddington, New Orleans Times-Picayune - New Orleans musicians dominate our 2013 list of best jazz records
* Seth Colter Walls, Rhapsody.com - Top 25 Jazz Albums of 2013
* WBGO (Gary Walker & Tim Wilkins) - Top Tunes of 2013
* Carol Banks Weber, Examiner.com - Jazz Examiner picks top 13 albums from 2013
* Christopher R. Weingarten, SPIN - 20 Best Avant Albums of 2013
* Josh Weinstein, All Soul, No Borders (KDHX) - Top 10 albums from 2013
* Michael J. West, Washington City Paper - The Jazzies: D.C.’s Best Jazz in 2013
* Steve Williams, ukvibe - Top 13 Jazz Albums of 2013; Top 13 Stand Out Jazz compositions of 2013
* Jim Wilke, Jazz After Hours - Best Jazz CDs of 2013
* Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Radio Arts Foundation-St. Louis - Dance, jazz kept the pace in 2013 
* Barry Winograd, Jazz Transfusion (WXRT) - "Best" of 2013
* Geoff Winston, London Jazz News - Review of 2013
* WTJU - Jazz and blues announcers best of 2013
* Geraldine Wyckoff, The Louisiana Weekly - New Orleans Jazz CDs of 2013 

Active scouting for more lists will continue for at least a couple more weeks, but your input is welcome, too. If you've seen any other 2013 year-end jazz lists that aren't mentioned here, please use the comments (or send me an email) to share the information. And if you like, please feel free also to use the comments to discuss your own favorite jazz releases, shows and moments of 2013.

Finally, if you want to re-visit StLJN's past "best of" list round-ups, here are the meta-lists for 2007 (parts 1 and 2), 2008 (parts 1 and 2), 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Edited 12/27/13 to add seven more lists. Edited 12/28/13 to add six more lists. Edited 12/29/13 to add four more lists. Edited 12/30/13 to add five more lists. Edited 12/31/13 to add four more lists. Edited 1/1/14 to add nine more lists. Edited 1/2/14 to add five more lists. Edited 1/3/14 to add three more lists. Edited 1/4/14 to add five more lists. Edited 1/5/14 to add four more lists. Edited 1/7/14 to add four more lists. Edited 1/8/14 to add three more lists. Edited 1/9/14 to add two more lists. Edited 1/14/13 to add one more list. Edited 1/16 to add seven more lists. Edited 1/17/14 to add two more lists.

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