Best Jazz of 2013 — My Top 10 + 25 more

As usual, plenty of top-flight jazz was released this year, and I only had the chance to hear a fraction of it.

I’ve been asked to submit several Top 10 lists to various publications and polls, so I thought I’d go include and offer my picks here, too.

Below, in alphabetical order, are 10 of my favorite new jazz releases of 2013:

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Terence Blanchard
, “Magnetic” (Blue Note)

Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow, “Trios” (ECM)
Dave Douglas Quintet, “Time Travel” (Fully Altered)
Pascal Le Boeuf, “Pascal’s Triangle” (LeBoeuf Brothers)
Joe Lovano UsFive, “Cross Culture” (Blue Note)
Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge, “River Runs” (Summit)
Gregory Porter, “Liquid Spirit” (Blue Note)
3 Cohens, “Tightrope” (Anzic)
Wayne Shorter Quintet, “Without a Net” (Blue Note)
YellowJackets, “A Rise in the Road” (Mack Avenue)
25 other releases that impressed — jazz & non-jazz, new & historical (alphabetical)
Corey Christiansen, “Lone Prairie” (Origin)
Chick Corea, “The Vigil” (Stretch)
Elvis Costello & the Roots, “Wise Up Ghost” (Blue Note)
Ronnie Cuber, “Live at JazzFest Berlin” (SteepleChase)
Miles Davis, “The Original Mono Albums Collection” (Columbia/Legacy)
Aaron Diehl, “The Bespoke Man’s Narrative” (Mack Avenue)
Tommy Flanagan/Jaki Byard, “The Magic of 2: Live at Keystone Korner” (Resonance)
Ben Goldberg, “Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues” (BAG)
Gov’t Mule, “Shout!” (Blue Note)
Lisa Hilton, “Getaway” (Ruby Slippers)
Derrick Hodge, “Live Today” (Blue Note)
JJ Grey & Mofro, “This River” (Alligator)
Herbie Hancock, “The Complete Columbia Album Collection” (Columbia/Legacy)
Tommy Malone, “Natural Born Days” (MC Records)
Steve Masakowski, “Things I Like”
Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, “In a World of Mallets” (Basin Street)
Thelonious Monk, “Paris 1969″ (Blue Note)
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, “That’s It” (Sony/Legacy)
SFJAZZ Collective, “The Music of Chick Corea & New Compositions — Live: SF Jazz Center 2013 (SFJAZZ)
Zoot Sims, “Compatability” (Jump)
Tierney Sutton, “After Blue” (Varese Sarabande)
Swingadelic, “Toussaintville” (Zoho)
Tedeschi Trucks Band, “Made Up Mind” (Sony Masterworks)
Allen Toussaint, “Allen Toussaint Songbook” (Rounder)
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, “Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin” (Patois)

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