“Constellations” **** Review at The Spill Magazine

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Constellations
Double Moon Records
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Constellations, the jazz/funk interpretation of Björk’s 2007 Volta, goes beyond categorizations. Drummer Karl Latham, trumpeter Ryan Carniaux, bassist Mark Egan, and guest keyboardist Nick Rolfe teamed up to perform 12 songs from the Icelandic avant-garde pop star’s seventh studio album, truly reflecting the nature of the iconic pop artist.

From the opening track “Hope,” there are shades of free-flowing funk with the intense percussion, funky bass lines, sparse keyboards, and free-blowing trumpet. It gets into more out-of-space territory through its longer tracks, especially on “Desired Constellation,” which opens with nearly five minutes of atmospheric synthesizers before locking into a funk groove.

The album uses the influences of later Miles Davis and (to an extent) Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time to create otherworldly landscapes that take the listener into a different world. It highlights how unconventional Björk is in her musical career by constantly redefining and reshaping her music and creativity to take it to new levels and territories. But be forewarned: ‘Constellations’ is not your traditional jazz-fusion record with the expected constant grooves and singable melodies. It’s a record that carries you into another world, challenging your musical sensibilities as it takes you on the journey. Constellations is part of the new jazz movement that is shaping how we listen and evolve our music sensibilities in the 21st century and beyond.

– Conrad Gayle (Twitter @CON_RADICAL)

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Bass Musician Magazine Review of “Constellations”

Latham/Carniaux/Egan Release Constellations, Featuring Bassist Mark Egan

Constellations, Featuring Bassist Mark Egan

Bassist Mark Egan, in collaboration with drummer Karl Latham, trumpeter Ryan Carniaux, and special guest keyboardist Nick Rolfe, has released Constellations.

On this album, the group’s interpretations of the music of Icelandic pop star Björk come together to create a restless, probing exploration of textures and harmonies.

Mark’s playing is superb on this album, manically jumping through deep, dark pedal patterns, ambient harmonics, and soaring countermelodies. One notable track is “Wanderlust”, where Mark and Karl Latham weave fascinating rhythmic lines together to create a complex pulse:

The release notes for the album offers, “…the group draws from a wide palette of influences ranging from Miles Davis’ Live-Evil to open ended impressionistic variations.” This description rings true, as the tracks often push the boundaries to explore flights of improvisation. Mark’s connection to, and communication with, the other musicians speaks to his command of harmonic interplay, as in the track “Alugsukat”:

Mark comments, “Constellations is a very special and creative project for me and unlike anything I’ve ever recorded.

Latham Carniaux EganFrom the inspiration and inception of drummer Karl Latham, an avid Björk fan, we recorded our impressions of some of her songs as well as crafted some of our own compositions in the spirit of Björk. During the two days of recording at Barber Shop Studios in New Jersey, engineered by Jeremy Gillespie, we ventured into some very inspired and multifaceted music territories.

Both my 5 string fretless and fretted Pedulla basses were used on the sessions as well as multi-effects on many of the tracks. I created a lot of undercurrents with multilayered delays such as on track #4-“Desired Constellations”, track #5-“Freyja”, track #8-“Gohdi”, track #9-“I See Who You Are”, and track #11-“Huldu Folk”, which created very haunting atmospheres. Most of the music that you hear on this recording was done live. We would first set up some ambient undercurrents through the effects that had separate stereo outlets and then play on top of these loops with another stereo set of outputs. The multi-effect unit that I used is an old Korg 300B for extra delays, chorus and reverb. From the Korg I then went stereo into two Lexicon PCM 42 delays with expanded time delays up to 24 seconds at 16bit resolution.

What made these sessions so special is the level and chemistry of the players and the interplay between Karl, Ryan, myself, and Nick. This is a stream of consciousness recording.”

The album is available through iTunes, Amazon, and Allegro Music. More information about this project can be found online at desiredconstellations.net.

Click to read Mark’s Bass Musician Magazine July 2014 cover interview

Steve Gregory

About Steve Gregory

Steve is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music and serves as the bass player and assistant band director for the Highlands Fellowship (Abingdon campus) praise band.  Much of his time is dedicated to exploring bass in the praise and worship setting while working to dispel the myth that worship bass is boring, bland, and musically unfulfilling.  Steve also enjoys playing for a wide variety of musical opportunities, in both live and studio settings.

CD of the Month – “Karl Latham, Ryan Carniaux & Mark Egan: Constellations”

 

LOS ANGELES-BASED JAZZ HISTORIAN, EDUCATOR AND RECORD PRODUCER. VOTING MEMBER OF NARAS-GRAMMY, JAZZ JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION AND LOS ANGELES JAZZ SOCIETY. FOUNDER & CEO OF JAZZ STATION RECORDS (JSR), A DIVISION OF JAZZ STATION MARKETING & CONSULTING – LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

CD of the Month – “Karl Latham, Ryan Carniaux & Mark Egan: Constellations”

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month
Karl Latham, Ryan Carniaux & Mark Egan: “Constellations” (Double Moon) 2015

Rating: ***** (musical performance, sonic quality & artwork)

Produced by Karl Latham
Recorded & Mixed @ Barbershop Studios (Lake Hopatcong, NJ) by Jeremy Gillespie
Mastered @ Kevorkian Mastering/Avatar Studios, NY by Fred Kevorkian
Cover Artwork: Knut Schötteldreier

Featuring: Karl Latham (drums & percussion), Mark Egan (electric bass), Nick Rolfe (Rhodes & keyboards) & Ryan Carniaux (trumpet & flugelhorn)

Track Listing: Hope; Draco Rexus; Wanderlust; Desired Constellation; Frejya; My Juvenile; The Dull Flame Of Desire; Godhi; I See Who You Are; Alugsukat; Hulda Folk; Ostara.
Total Time 72:17
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“Constellations” is the debut recording from Karl Latham, Ryan Carniaux and Mark Egan with special guest Nick Rolfe featuring their creative interpretations of the music from Icelandic iconoclastic pop star Bjork. And this is iconoclastic jazz, indeed. Everything sounds unorthodox, unexpected and oustanding.

On this 72-plus minute highly adventurous improvisational outing, the group draws from a wide palette of influences ranging from Miles Davis’s “Live Evil” and “Bitches Brew” (updating Miles’ early 70s aesthetic to the 21st Century) to open ended impressionistic variations. They have selected six Bjork’s songs, complemented by other six tunes written collectively by Latham, Egan, Carniaux & Rolfe.

The Icelandic singer Bjork has created her own universe with her music and performances that are both exciting and original, but have not found a better jazz interpreter until now with “Constellations.” Curiously, I was expecting to find songs from Bjork’s early solo albums as “Debut”, and mainly from the mid- to late 90s Deodato-arranged trilogy of “Post,” “Telegram” and “Homogenic” (to which Brazilian genius Eumir Deodato added sumptuous orchestral arrangements). Things like “Isobel,” “Hyper-Ballad” and “Possibly Maybe.” Instead, Latham opted for more recent tunes.

Master drummer Karl Latham has been a Bjork fan for many years. Karl’s “Resonance,” released by Dropzone Jazz Records in 2007, included a cover version Bjork’s “Pagan Poetry.” Her “Volta” album was released that same year, and triggered an urgent desire in Latham not just to cover the songs but also to create compositions inspired by Bjork, which the group Constellations created for this first release, packaged in a beautiful artwork by German artist Knut Schötteldreier, who have prepared the covers for several productions I did for Verve.

Latham shared his thoughts and plans originally with his long-time friend and colleague bassist Mark Egan, his partner on the “Unity 1” trio project (with guitarist John Hart). His enthusiasm was contagious and they considered who else could fit into this creative concept. They found another partner during a recording session with the up and coming virtuoso trumpet player Ryan Carniaux, a rising star that follows a more “European style,” with a loud a clear open sound, something that is a blessing in an era of so many bop rooted trumpeters.

It soon became apparent that master keyboardist Nick Rolfe, whom Karl and Mark knew from many joint performances, would be a perfect choice for the project. Rolfe, that often uses Rhodes, knows how to work with “sound colors” and paints many exhilarating landscapes. When the universe aligned in the Spring of 2013, with sound engineer Jeremy Gillespie on board, they created these groundbreaking interpretations of Bjork’s musical cosmos.

A fascinating portrait of a singer and her music emerged from these sessions. My personal favorite tracks are the opener “Hope,” “Wanderlust” — the perfect synthesis of Bjork in a jazzy vision as well as of “jazz meets drum ‘n’ bass,” with Nick using Rhodes sounds and a Nord organ that sounds like an Arp Strings synth, while Ryan applies electronic devices to his trumpet –, the 11-minute long track “Desired Constellation” (where the Zawinul textures, reminiscent of his work with Miles, become more evident), “The Dull Flame of Desire” (I only regret the fade-out), the ambient mood journey of “I See Who You Are,” the Moog adventure on “Alugsukat” and the way Egan’s fretless sings on “Ostara.” But the whole album is a highlight, certainly one of the best releases of the year.

The bass lines, with Egan’s signature fluid sound on his fretted and fretless green Pedulla 5-string basses, at times repetitive and then again free flowing, weave through the solid creative grooves created by Latham’s masterful drumming. The powerful trumpet playing by Ryan Carniaux interprets Bjork’s voice but never mimics it literally. The multi-layered keyboards of Mr. Rolfe support the quartet like a flying sound carpet. The combination of all four musicians creates the hovering thick atmosphere of the “Nordic” sound, which reminds you incessantly of Bjork and her performances.

Karl Latham, initiator of the project, is a world-class drummer who has performed and recorded with Don Braden, Joel Frahm, Andy Snitzer, Claudio Roditi, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, Michal Urbaniak and rock icon, Johnny Winter. He tours internationally with the group Unit 1 and can be heard on numerous CDs.

Mark Egan is one of the top contemporary bassists. A disciple of Jaco Pastorius and for many years a member of the original Pat Metheny Group as well as of The Gil Evans Orchestra. Egan has also performed and recorded with David Matthews, Joe Beck, Chroma, Pat Martino, Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie, Bill Evans, Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff, the Elements group that he co-leads with drummer Danny Gottlieb, and most recently with the CTI All-Stars band. He has also recorded with Sting, Joan Osborn, John McGlaughlin and Marc Cohen, among others.

Ryan Carniaux from Providence, Rhode Island, studied music at Berklee in Boston. He currently lives in Cologne, tours throughout Europe and the USA and is considered a rising star among young trumpet players. He is Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Folkwang University of the Arts. He has played with numerous German musicians including Wolfgang Lackersmid and internationally with Dave Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, Mark Murphy and Benny Golson.

Nick Rolfe was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Seattle, Washington. He started classical piano lessons when he was six years old. He studied in New York and has been seen and heard time and again with musicians from Slide Hampton to Roy Hargrove as well as Lizz Wright, India Arie and Nona Hendryx. He is also a successful actor and has appeared in various TV and film productions.

 

All About Jazz Review of “Constellations” ****1/2

Karl Latham / Ryan Carniaux / Mark Egan: Constellations (2015)

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Karl Latham / Ryan Carniaux / Mark Egan: Constellations

If you happened to be in vitro fed Isao Tomita during your pre-personage, you’re going to recognise Karl Latham’s Constellations electronica subliminally—regardless any jazz/Bjork connections. 70’s Japanese synth/horn, space music trembling has that tendency to unhinge a certain primeval magic. Space music in the 21st Century has less artefacts than the 70s first steppers, and more of the technician’s space time feel of Miles Davis’ electric purview.

Karl Latham suggests that fundamentally there is an air of Miles Davis’ electric period in many of his own compositions, and there is the same play on tension and distortion in Constellations, which includes six original compositions by Latham’s quartet, as well as six impressions of Bjork’s work.

Bjork’s artistry remains abundant in 2015, with art house flirtations at MOMA alongside her latest album, “Vulnicura.” As befits an artist in turmoil, it never hurts to see yourself as others see you (a la Spiegel in Speigel), especially when all is full of love. From the onset Latham sets the scene for his interpretation of Bjork’s work (all taken from her Volta: extra tracks album). His choice of personal compositions and their intriguing titles fit perfectly aside his Bjork interpretations, and the foursome present as proximal a Live Evil experience as is to be expected without the première force majeure of Davis.

“Hope,” the first track starts strikingly with drums, as does the original, and progresses to a lyrical trumpet feature by Ryan Carniaux , which follows the theme but doesn’t replace the “Bjork effect.” For devout Bjork fans, swapping kora for ‘pylonic’ riffs might be a space too far, to stretch a phrase, “It’s all about the space.” “Draco Rexus” is atmospheric electro-snowflake music, Mark Egan provides his signature bass quake and Carniaux is a plausible Davis as firebreathing dragon of the genus Hogwart’s variety, Nick Rolfe adds some nice textures.

“Wanderlust” is full-on Japanese space music, with extra bells and whistles. Drawbar effects warm the proceedings, and Carniaux blends a sound that comes off half Chris Botti, half Till Bronner. “Desired Constellation,” begins with a little bit of interstellar bone shaking followed by something like a DJ Krush,Toshinori Kondo synth-out, all stars illuminated on this warp factor ride, a real expansion on old school mind bending. “Frejya,” in Norse, the goddess of Love and War, interpreted by Latham as a space corridor of sound with shimmering allusions, presumably where the desired constellations reside.

“My Juvenile,” starts off a wall of heavy bass, twisting synths conjure a scene of austere adolescence. A lonely, lost sound dominates a haunting trumpet poem. “The Dull Flame Of Desire,” Bjork’s brassy, “eyes my dear, bracing glance” duet with Antony Hegarty is replaced with a searing duet of bass and trumpet which plays out with a “Demolition Man” style bass line (rummaging through your Sting albums yet? We see you). “Godhi” is foot to the floor bass pedal reverberations, a Tomita/Kondo-style “Tubular Bells” battle; hits the God particle for 21st Century pagans.

“I See Who You Are,” a weighty piece, emerges with whale-like aplomb, cymbal crashes, space warriors roaming, dusty packets of noodles circa 3500 float past circular viewing windows. A Love Supreme hinting at Return to Forever. Fender Rhodes gets the groove furrowed and so it goes, cue trumpet spot, drum fills, space synth overdose, the final frontier arrived at by the slow walking bass line, who knew? The Cylons (Galactica circa 1980).

“Alugsukat” a feel so old it sounds like the 80s might to teenagers now, a mighty groove moogathon. Rolfe’s keys throughout are reminiscent of a combination of Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. Eastern Greenland Eskimo folklore says that Auroras Borealis аrе thе souls οf stillborn babies. Thе Northern Illumination so-called “Alugsukat,” meaning a secret birth. “Hulda Folk” has that shapeshifting vibe we’re aware of in sci-fi movies, some divine creature stepping out of its human form to walk into an infinite slit doorway as they turn into a beam of light. (Hulda is Faroese for invisible ghosts. Apparently Hulda folk are part of Finnish and Orkney folklore, a sad tail/tale).

“Ostara” presents the final platform of Constellations to pronounce the diverse drum skills of Latham, includes an array of ambient noise, interference, jingly jangly drum rap, doo-dap-spit-tap-ting. A ‘proper’ Egan solo, fine Hancockian keys from Rolfe and a brighter trumpet solo injects optimism and a ticket back to reality. If Mark Egan wanted to riff on Mona Lisa in the style of Jaco Pastorius, this is it, “Wow” bass slides and extra noodling to finish. “Ostara,” Goddess of the Equinox, and where the word Easter comes from.

An album that rewards repeated listening.

Track Listing: Hope; Draco Rexus; Wanderlust; Desired Constellation; Frejya; My Juvenile; The Dull Flame Of Desire; Godhi; I See Who You Are; Alugsukat; Hulda Folk; Ostara.

Personnel: Karl Latham: drums, percussion; Mark Egan: electric bass: Nick Rolfe: keyboards; Ryan Carniaux: trumpet, flugelhorn.

Record Label: Double Moon Records

Style: Beyond Jazz

 

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Bass Player Magazine Review of “Constellations”

CD Review: Karl Latham/Ryan Carniaux/Mark Egan “Constellations”

March 12, 2015

BY  Chris Jisi

Jazz drummer Latham, inspired by Björk’s 2007 side Volta, brilliantly reinterprets the Nordic chanteuse’s sound, style, and sensibility with the help of Mark Egan (on fretted and fretless Pedulla 5-strings), trumpeter Ryan Carniaux, and keyboardist Nick Rolfe. Egan leaps from the opener, “Hope,” with a growling theme-and-variation ostinato that becomes a dialogue with Carniaux’s horn. Elsewhere, he locks in tight with Latham’s taut groove on “Wanderlust” and global shuffle on “The Dull Flame of Desire,” issues dancing harmonics in “Desired Constellation,” and makes the closer, “Ostara,” his own with his sympathetic fretless melody reading and sprawling solo.

Bass Player Magazine Review of “Constellations”

KARL LATHAM/RYAN CARNIAUX/

MARK EGAN

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“Constellations”

DoubleMoon/Challenge Records

Jazz drummer Latham, inspired by Bjork’s

2007 side Volta, brilliantly reinterprets the

Nordic chanteuse’s sound, style, and sensibility with the help

of Mark Egan (on fretted and fretless Pedulla S-strings), trumpeter

Ryan Carniaux, and keyboardist Nick Rolfe. Egan leaps from

the opener, “Hope,” with a growling theme-and-variation ostinato

that becomes a dialogue with Carniaux’s horn. Elsewhere,

he locks in tight with Latham’s taut groove on “Wanderlust” and

global shuffle on “The Dull Flame of Desire,” issues dancing harmonics

in “Desired Constellation,” and makes the closer, “Ostara,”

his own with his sympathetic fretless melody reading and sprawling

solo. –Chris Jisi

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Midwest Record Review “Constellations”

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LATHAM CARNIAUX EGAN/Constellations: Ah, Bjork and jazz. Jason Miles led us to the Bjorkestra a decade back and now Mark Egan leads us to a Miles Davis fusion/funk era take on Bjork. If you dig that period Miles (Davis) than you probably won’t care whether this crew is serving up Bjork or not because they do a great job of hitting your ear dead center. Check it out.
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December 9, 2014
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The Best Jazz of 2013 35th Annual Jazz Station Poll

 

The Best Jazz of 2013

Os melhores do jazz em 2013 – The Best Jazz of 2013!
The results of the 35th Annual Jazz Station Poll conducted by jazz journalist, jazz historian & jazz educator Arnaldo DeSouteiro.
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2013 Drums: 1º Steve Gadd (“Gadditude” – BFM Jazz/VideoArts); 2º Harvey Mason (“Live in Tokyo” DVD w/ Fourplay – GRP Studios); 3º Jack DeJohnette (“Somewhere” w/ Keith Jarrett – ECM); 4º Zé Eduardo Nazário (“Bing Bang Boom!” w/ John Stein – Whaling City Sound); 5º Mauricio Zottarelli (“This Is What Happened” w/ Amanda Ruzza – Pimenta Music); 6º Vinnie Colaiuta (“Experience Montreux / The Imagine Project” w/ Herbie Hancock – 3D Blu-ray Eagle Vision); 7º Karl Latham (“Unity 1” w/ Mark Egan – Wavetone); 8º Joe Corsello (“Reunion” w/ Gene Bertoncini – Ambient Records); 9º Antonio Sanchez (“New Life” – CAM Jazz); 10º Ben Perowsky (“Live at JazzFest Berlin” w/ Ronnie Cuber – SteepleChase); 11º Famoudou Don Moye (“Permission” w/ Molly Holm – Rinny Zin Records)

2013 Electric Bass: 1º Mark Egan (“Unity 1” – Wavetone); 2º Nathan East (“Live in Tokyo” DVD w/ Fourplay – GRP Studios); 3º Steve Swallow (“Into The Woodwork” – XtraWatt); 4º Will Lee (“Love, Gratitude And Other Distractions” – Seven Seas); 5º Amanda Ruzza (“This Is What Happened – Pimenta Music); 6º Tal Wilkenfeld (“Experience Montreux” w/ Herbie Hancock); 7º Aaron Germain (“Red” w/ Beata Pater – B&B Music); 8º Ruben Rodriguez (“Live at JazzFest Berlin” w/ Ronnie Cuber – SteepleChase); 9º Bijoux Barbosa (“Chicago Red” w/ Brad Goode – Origin)

Jazz Station – Arnaldo DeSouteiro’s Blog (Jazz, Bossa & Beyond)

LOS ANGELES-BASED JAZZ HISTORIAN, EDUCATOR AND RECORD PRODUCER. VOTING MEMBER OF NARAS-GRAMMY, JAZZ JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION AND LOS ANGELES JAZZ SOCIETY. FOUNDER & CEO OF JAZZ STATION RECORDS (JSR), A DIVISION OF JAZZ STATION MARKETING & CONSULTING – LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Best Jazz of 2013

Os melhores do jazz em 2013 – The Best Jazz of 2013!
The results of the 35th Annual Jazz Station Poll conducted by jazz journalist, jazz historian & jazz educator Arnaldo DeSouteiro.

Ahmad Jamal (pictured below), Steve Lindeman, Ron Carter, Toots Thielemans, Gene Bertoncini, Mark Egan, Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker, Michael Pedicin, Ronnie Cuber, Jane Ira Bloom, Jamie Baum, Molly Holm and the late (and already much missed) George Duke are among the top artists of the year.

Only albums recorded or released in 2013 were eligible.

A seleção dos “melhores do jazz”, feita pelo historiador Arnaldo DeSouteiro, publicada pela primeira vez em 1979, chega ao 35º ano. Ahmad Jamal (foto acima), Toots Thielemans, Ron Carter, Steve Lindeman, Gene Bertoncini, Mark Egan, Ronnie Cuber, Michael Pedicin, Steve Gadd e Molly Holm estão entre os artistas que brilharam em 2013.

Esta é a lista dos que mais se destacaram, em 2013, no panorama jazzístico internacional. Atendendo aos pedidos dos leitores, que desde 1979 acompanham essa votação, incluímos – após os nomes de todos os colocados em cada categoria – os títulos dos trabalhos (CDs, DVDs ou Blu-rays) pelo quais os artistas foram avaliados, com base apenas em lançamentos realizados no decorrer deste ano.

Para variar, foram necessárias várias semanas para a preparação de todas estas listas, reouvindo CDs, revendo DVDs/Blu-rays, checando fichas técnicas e, às vezes, reavaliando opiniões. Tudo isso com o objetivo de fornecer o mais fiel possível retrato do cenário jazzístico em 2013, a partir de bases reais de análise.

O que significa, por exemplo, que artistas que não lançaram novos trabalhos este ano, seja como líderes ou sidemen, tornaram-se, por mais geniais que sejam, automaticamente inelegíveis. Tal critério explica a ausência de feras como John McLaughlin, Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Jon Hendricks, Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall (incluida apenas pelo relançamento de “The Loof of Love” em Blu-ray Audio), Mike Longo e Till Bronner que, apesar de terem realizado muitos shows, não lançaram novos trabalhos em 2013.

Vários discos e artistas premiados em 2013 (com grande atraso) pelas revistas especializadas, não aparecem na nossa lista por uma simples razão: constaram da relação de 2012.

Aí estão os resultados completos:

2013 Acoustic Piano: 1º Ahmad Jamal (“Saturday Morning” – Jazz Village); 2º Keith Jarrett (“Somewhere” – ECM); 3º Pablo Held (“Elders” – Pirouet); 4º Herbie Hancock (“Experience Montreux” 3D Blu-ray – Eagle Vision); 5º Michel Camilo (“What’s Up?” – Okeh); 6º Harold Mabern (“Live at Smalls” – Smallslive); 7º Kenny Drew Jr. (“Live at JazzFest Berlin” w/ Ronnie Cuber – SteepleChase); 8º Alfredo Rodriguez (“Experience Montreux” 3D Blu-ray w/ Quincy Jones and the Global Gumbo All Stars – Eagle Vision); 9º Fred Hersch (“Free Flying” w/ Julian Lage – Palmetto); 10º Robert Glasper (“Black Radio 2” – Blue Note)

2013 Electric Piano: 1º Riza Arshad (“The 6th Story” w/ simakDialog – MoonJune); 2º Adam Holzman (“On A Mission” w/ The Avengers – MoonJune); 3º Mamiko Watanabe (“This Is What Happened” – Pimenta Music); 4º Rick Germanson (“Why Stop Now/Ubuntu” w/ Michael Pedicin – Ground Blue Records); 5º Jake Sherman (“Bing Bang Boom!” w/ John Stein – Whaling City Sound); 6º Jim Ridl (“Uppity” w/ Anthony Branker & Word Play – Origin); 7º Robert Glasper (“Bob, A Palindrome” w/ Robert Hurst – Bebob Music); 8º Elio Baldi Cantù (“Você e Eu – João Gilberto Revisited” w/ Brazilian Love Affair Project – FMC)

2013 Organ: 1º Joey DeFrancesco (“One For Rudy” – HighNote); 2º Carla Bley (“Into The Woodwork” w/ Steve Swallow Quintet – XtraWatt); 3º Dr. Lonnie Smith (“In The Beginning Volumes 1 & 2” – Pilgrimage); 4º Chester Thompson (“Mixology” – Doodlin’ Records); 5º John Novello (“Krush” w/ Niacin – Intuition); 6º John Medeski (“Überjam Deux” w/ John Scofield – EmArcy); 7º Jared Gold (“Intuition” – Posi-Tone); 8º Brian Charette (“Borderline” – SteepleChase); 9º Chester Smith (“The Lift” w/ Larry Coryell – Wide Hive); 10º Vito DiModugno (“East Side” – Red Records)

2032 Keyboards: 1º George Duke (“DreamWeaver” – Heads Up); 2º Chick Corea (“The Vigil” – Stretch); 3º Adam Holzman (“On A Mission” w/ The Avengers – Gudari/MoonJune); 4º Herbie Hancock (“Experience Montreux” 3D Blu-ray – Eagle Vision); 5º Mark Little (“Red” w/ Beata Pater – B&B Records); 6º Riza Arshad (“The 6th Story” w/ simakDialog – MoonJune); 7º Alex Maguire (“Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love” w/ douBt – Moon June); 8º Marilia Giller (“Avalanche” – MG); 9º Greg Phillinganes (“Experience Montreux” 3D Blu-ray – Eagle Vision); 10º Jeff Jenkins (“Chicago Red” w/ Brad Goode – Origin); 11º Denny Zeitlin (“Both/And” – Sunnyside)

2013 Acoustic Bass: 1º Ron Carter (“Cocktails At The Cotton Club” – Somethin’ Else); 2º Charnett Moffett (“The Bridge: Solo Bass Works” – Motéma); 3º Robert Hurst (“Bob, A Palindrome” – Bebob Music); 4º Michael Moore (“Reunion” w/ Gene Bertoncini – Ambient Records); 5º Eddie Gomez (“If You Believe” w/ Mika Stoltzman – MK); 6º Drew Gress (“The Sky Inside” – Pirouet); 7º Gary Peacock (“Azure” w/ Marilyn Crispell – ECM); 8º Avery Sharpe (“Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I A Woman?” – JKNM); 9º Linda Oh (“Sun Pictures” – Greenleaf); 10º Christian McBride (“People Music” – Mack Avenue)

2013 Electric Bass: 1º Mark Egan (“Unity 1” – Wavetone); 2º Nathan East (“Live in Tokyo” DVD w/ Fourplay – GRP Studios); 3º Steve Swallow (“Into The Woodwork” – XtraWatt); 4º Will Lee (“Love, Gratitude And Other Distractions” – Seven Seas); 5º Amanda Ruzza (“This Is What Happened – Pimenta Music); 6º Tal Wilkenfeld (“Experience Montreux” 3D Blu-ray w/ Herbie Hancock – Eagle Vision); 7º Aaron Germain (“Red” w/ Beata Pater – B&B Music); 8º Ruben Rodriguez (“Live at JazzFest Berlin” w/ Ronnie Cuber – SteepleChase); 9º Bijoux Barbosa (“Chicago Red” w/ Brad Goode – Origin)

2013 Drums: 1º Steve Gadd (“Gadditude” – BFM Jazz/VideoArts); 2º Harvey Mason (“Live in Tokyo” DVD w/ Fourplay – GRP Studios); 3º Jack DeJohnette (“Somewhere” w/ Keith Jarrett – ECM); 4º Zé Eduardo Nazário (“Bing Bang Boom!” w/ John Stein – Whaling City Sound); 5º Mauricio Zottarelli (“This Is What Happened” w/ Amanda Ruzza – Pimenta Music); 6º Vinnie Colaiuta (“Experience Montreux / The Imagine Project” w/ Herbie Hancock – 3D Blu-ray Eagle Vision); 7º Karl Latham (“Unity 1” w/ Mark Egan – Wavetone); 8º Joe Corsello (“Reunion” w/ Gene Bertoncini – Ambient Records); 9º Antonio Sanchez (“New Life” – CAM Jazz); 10º Ben Perowsky (“Live at JazzFest Berlin” w/ Ronnie Cuber – SteepleChase); 11º Famoudou Don Moye (“Permission” w/ Molly Holm – Rinny Zin Records)

2013 Percussion: 1º Airto Moreira (“Beauty As Beauty” w/ John Medeski & Tisziji Munoz – MRI); 2º Trilok Gurtu (“Spellbound” – Sunnyside); 3º Paulinho da Costa (“Experience Montreux” 3D Blu-ray w/ Quincy Jones and the Global Gumbo All Stars – Eagle Vision); 4º Manolo Badrena (“Saturday Morning” w/ Ahmad Jamal – Jazz Village); 5º Pete Escovedo (“Live From Stern Grove Festival” – Concord); 6º Raul Ramirez (“Red” w/ Beata Pater – B&B); 7º Kenneth Nash (“Mixology” w/ Chester Thompson – Doodlin’); 8º Adam Rudolph (“Bob, A Palindrome” w/ Robert Hurst – Bebob Music); 9º Carlos Caro (“San Francisco” w/ Brian Anders and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel” –Bacalao); 10º Martin Kruemmling/Max Andrzejewski (“Percussive Mechanics” w/ Anna Webber – Pirouet)

2013 Vibes: 1º Mike Mainieri (“Reunion” – Ambient); 2º Warren Wolf (“Wolfgang” – Mack Avenue); 3º Gary Burton (“Guided Tour” – Mack Avenue); 4º Peter Schlamb (“Reprise” w/ Ben Van Gelder – Pirouet); 5º Julius Heise (“Percussive Mechanics” w/ Anna Webber – Pirouet); 6º Benoit Moerlen (“After The Exhibition” w/ The Wrong Object – MoonJune); 7º Jason Marsalis (“In A World Of Mallets” – Basin Street)

2013 Miscellaneous: 1º Toots Thielemans – harmonica (“Live at Le Chapiteau” DVD – Challenge); 2º João Pedro – accordion (“Novas Cores” – Gramofone); 3º Mika Stoltzman – marimba (“If You Believe” – MK); 4º Peggy Lee – cello (“Invitations” – Drip Audio); 5º Mat Maneri – viola (“Transylvanian Concert” w/ Lucian Ban – ECM); 6º Erik Friedlander – cello (“Musica Para Un Dragon Dormindo” w/ Emilio Teubal – Brooklyn Jazz Underground); 7º Cristina Pato – Galician bagpipes (“Migrations” – Sunnyside); 8º Béla Fleck – banjo (“The Impostor” – Mercury); 9º Katherine Young – bassoon (“Pretty Monsters” – Public Eyesore); 10º David Virelles – celeste, harmonium (“The Sirens” w/ Chris Potter – ECM)

2013 Acoustic Guitar: 1º Gene Bertoncini (“Reunion” – Ambient Music); 2º Ralph Towner (“Travel Guide” – ECM); 3º Ronny Graupe (“Elders” w/ Pablo Held – Pirouet); 4º Earl Klugh (“Hand Picked” – Heads Up); 5º Alex Nolan (“This Is What Happened” w/ Amanda Ruzza – Pimenta Music); 6º Lawson Rollins (“Full Circle” – Infinita Records); 7º Charles Altura (“The Vigil” w/ Chick Corea – Stretch); 8º Goro Ito (“Getz/Gilberto + 50” – Verve); 9º Dewa Budjana (“Dawain In Paradise” – MoonJune)

2013 Electric Guitar: 1º John Scofield (“Uberjam Deux” – EmArcy); 2º John Hart (“Unity 1” w/ Mark Egan – Wavetone); 3º Larry Coryell (“The Lift” – WideHive); 4º Pat Metheny (“Tap” – Nonesuch); 5º Chuck Loeb (“Live in Tokyo” DVD w/ Fourplay – GRP Stydios). 6º Beledo (“On A Mission” w/ The Avengers” – Gudari Records); 7º Tohpati (“The 6th Story” w/ simakDialog – MoonJune); 8º John Etheridge (“Burden of Proof” w/ Soft Machine Legacy); 9º Ricardo Grilli (“If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller” – Dark House); 10º Jean Paul Bourelly (“Exploring The Vibe” w/ Reut Regev – Enja); 11º Lupa Santiago (“Paris/São Paulo” – Gemini/Tratore); 12º John Stein (“Bing Bang Boom!” – Whaling City Sound); 13º Ronny Graupe (“Spoom” – Pirouet); 14º Bill Kopper (“Chicago Red” w/ Brad Goode – Origin); 15º Dani Rabin (“Last Chapter of Dreaming” w/ Marbin – MoonJune)

2013 Violin: 1º Mark Feldman (“Live at Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne” w/ Sylvie Courvoisier – Intakt); 2º Jason Kao Hwang (“Burning Bridge” – Innova); 3º Christian Howes (“Southern Exposure” – Resonance); 4º Jenny Scheinman (“Big Sur” w/ Bill Frisell – Okeh); 5º Zach Brock (“Almost Never Was” – Criss Cross); 6º Jean-Luc Ponty (“Hacienda” w/ Jeff Lorber Fusion – Heads Up); 7º Josée Aidans (“Just For My Lady” w/ Oliver Jones – Justin Time)

2013 Flute: 1º Jamie Baum (“In This Life” – Sunnyside); 2º Nicole Mitchell (“Golden State” w/ Harris Eisenstadt – Songlines); 3º Anna Webber (“Percussive Mechanics” – Pirouet); 4º Evan Francis (“Roads & Codes” w/ Ian Carey Quintet – Kabocha); 5º Rahsaan Barber (“Hidden Journey” w/ Imer Santiago – Jazz Music City); 6º Hubert Laws (“Smile” w/ Carol Duboc – Gold Note Music); 7º Charles Lloyd (“Hagar’s Song” w/ Jason Moran – ECM)

2013 Clarinet/Bass Clarinet: 1º Eddie Daniels (“Duke at the Roadhouse” w/ Roger Kellaway – IPOC); 2º Anat Cohen (“Tightrope” w/ 3 Cohens – Anzic); 3º Richard Stoltzman (“If You Believe” w/ Mika Stoltzman – MK); 4º Geof Bradfield (“Melba!” – Origin); 5º Bennie Maupin (“Bob, A Palindrome” w/ Robert Hurst – Bebob Music); 6º Joachim Badenhorst (“A Mirror To Machaut” w/ Samuel Blaser – Songlines); 7º John Ruocco (“John Ruocco And Adrian Mears Meet The Würzburg Philharmonic” – Double Moon); 8º Peter Brötzmann (“I Am Here Where Are You” w/ Steve Noble – Trost); 9º Ben Van Gelder (“Reprise” – Pirouet); 10º Evan Christopher (“Louie’s Dream” w/ Eli Yamin – Yamin Music); 11º Paquito D’Rivera (“Song For Maura” – Paquito Records); 12º Marti Melia (“After The Exhibition” w/ The Wrong Object” – MoonJune)

2013 Trumpet: 1º Randy Brecker (“Plays Wlodek Pawlik’s Night In Calisia” – Summit); 2º Brad Goode (“Chicago Red” – Origin); 3º Ralph Alessi (“The Sky Inside” w/ Drew Gress – Pirouet); 4º Ian Carey (“Roads & Codes” – Kabocha); 5º Imer Santiago (“Hidden Journey” – Jazz Music City); 6º Bastian Stein (“Diegesis” – Pirouet); 7º Wallace Roney (“Understanding” – HighNote); 8º Tomasz Stanko (“Wislawa” – ECM); 9º Terence Blanchard (“Magnetic” – Blue Note)

2013 Flugelhorn: 1º Ian Carey (“Roads & Codes” – Kabocha); 2º Tom Harrell (“Colors Of A Dream” – HighNote); 3º Victor Garcia (“Melba!” w/ Geof Bradfield – Origin); 4º Kenny Wheeler (“Six For Six” – CAM Jazz); 5º Imer Santiago (“Hidden Journey” – Jazz Music City); 6º Henry Hung (“San Francisco” w/ Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel” – Bacalao); 7º Matthieu Michel (“The Gift” w/ Suzanne Abbuehl) – ECM); 8º Marcus Belgrave (“Bob, A Palindrome” w/ Robert Hurst – Bebob Music)

2013 Trombone: 1º Reut Regev (“Exploring The Vibe” – Enja); 2º Steve Turre (“The Bones of Art” – HighNote); 3º Robert Morgenthalter (“Bone Art” – Unit); 4º Joel Adams (“Melba!” w/ Geof Bradfield – Origin); 5º Roswell Rudd (“Trombone For Lovers” – Sunnyside); 6º Papo Vazquez (“Oasis” – Picaro); 7º Clifton Anderson (“And So We Carry On” – Daywood Drive); 8º Samuel Blaser (“A Mirror To Machaut” – Songlines); 9º Nils Wogram (“Riomar” – nWog Records); 10º Jamie Dubberly (“San Francisco” w/ Brian Andres and The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel” – Bacalao); 11º Adrian Mears (“John Ruocco And Adrian Mears Meet The Wurzburg Philharmonic” – Double Moon); 12º Nils Landgren (“Teamwork” – ACT); 13º Andy Hunter (“Uppity” w/ Anthony Branker & Word Play); 14º Trombone Shorty (“Say That To Say This” – Verve)

2013 Soprano Sax: 1º Jane Ira Bloom (“Sixteen Sunsets” Blu-ray Audio – Outline/Pure Audio Records); 2º Wayne Shorter (“Without A Net” – Blue Note); 3º Larry Schneider (“Permission” w/ Molly Holm – Rinny Zin Records); 4º Geof Bradfield (“Melba!” – Origin); 5º Sam Newsome (“The Art Of The Soprano” – SM); 6º Dave Liebman (“Circular Dreaming” w/ Quest – Enja); 7º Anthony Braxton (“Echo Echo Mirror House” – Victo); 8º Sergio Galvão (“Phantom Fish” – Pimenta Music); 9º Danny Markovitch (“Last Chapter of Dreaming” w/ Marbin – MoonJune); 10º Branford Marsalis (“Bob, A Palindrome” – Bebob Music); 11º Chris Potter (“The Sirens” – ECM); 12º Joshua Redman (“Walking Shadows” – Nonesuch); 13º Mark Gross (“Blackside” – Jazz Legacy Prod.)

2013 Alto Sax: 1º Phil Woods (“Right To Swing” w/ The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble – Jazzed Media) 2º Anthony Braxton (“Willisau Solo” – Intakt); 3º Steve Coleman (“Functional Arrythmias” – Pi Recordings); 4º Kenny Garrett (“Pushing The World Away” – Mack Avenue); 5º David Sanborn (“Quartette Humaine” w/ Bob James – Okeh); 6º Ben Van Gelder (“Reprise” – Pirouet); 7º Ted Nash (“Chakra” – Plastic Sax); 8º Tim Berne (“The Sky Inside” w/ Drew Gress – Pirouet); 9º Carla Marciano (“Stream of Consciousness” – Alfa Music)

2013 Tenor Sax: 1º Michael Pedicin (“Why Stop Now/Ubuntu” (Ground Blue Records); 2º Wayne Shorter (“Without A Net” – Blue Note); 3º Frank Wess (“Magic 101” – IPO); 4º Houston Person (“Nice ‘N’ Easy” – High Note); 5º Geof Bradfield (“Melba!” – Origin); 6º Andy Sheppard (“Trios” w/ Carla Bley & Steve Swallow – ECM); 7º Rahsaan Barber (“Hidden Journey” w/ Imer Santiago – Jazz Music City); 8º Theo Travis (“Burden of Proof” w/ Soft Machine Legacy – MoonJune); 9º Charles Lloyd (“Hagar’s Song” – ECM); 10º Joe Lovano (“Cross Culture” – Blue Note)

2013 Baritone Sax: 1º Ronnie Cuber (“Live at JazzFest Berlin” – SteepleChase); 2º Claire Daly (“Baritone Monk” – North Coast Brewing); 3º Gary Smulyan (“Blue To The Bone IV” w/ Dave Stryker – SteepleChase); 4º Greg Abate (“The Greg Abate Quintet Featuring Phil Woods” – Rhombus); 5º Fredrik Lindborg (“Trio Colossus” w/ LSD – PB7); 6º Paul Nedzela (“Chakra” w/ Ted Nash Big Band – Plastic Sax)

2013 Male Singer: 1º Mark Murphy (“A Beautiful Friendship: Remembering Shirley Horn” EP – Gearbox Records); 2º Ed Reed (“I’m A Shy Guy” – Blue Shorts); 3º Andy Bey (“The World According To Andy Bey” – HighNote); 4º Giacomo Gates (“Miles Tones” – Savant); 5º George Benson (“Inspiration” – Concord); 6º Gregory Porter (“Liquid Spirit” – Blue Note); 7º Scot Albertson (“Urge To Croon” – SA); 8º Michael Feinstein (“Change of Heart: The Songs of André Previn” – Telarc); 9º Michael Bublé (“To Be Loved” – 143)

2013 Female Singer: 1º Molly Holm (“Permission” – Rinny Zin Records); 2º Beata Pater (“Red” – B&B Records); 3º Tierney Sutton (“After Blue” – BFM Jazz); 4º Eugenie Jones (“Black Lace Blue Tears” – EJ); 5º Jackie Ryan (“Listen Here” – OpenArt Records); 6º René Marie (“I Wanna Be Evil” – Motéma); 7º Lorraine Feather (“Attachments” – Jazzed Media); 8º Agachiko (“Yes!” – Accurate); 9º Carol Duboc (“Smile” – Gold Note Music); 10º Cécile McLorin Salvant (“Woman Child” – Mack Avenue); 11º Heather Masse (“Lock My Heart” w/ Dick Hyman – Red House); 12º Sherri Roberts (“Lovely Days” – Blue House/Pacific Coast); 13º Molly Ringwald (“Except Sometimes” – Concord)

2013 Instrumental Group: 1º Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette (“Somewhere” – ECM); 2º Fourplay (“Live in Tokyo” DVD – GRP Studios); 3º Randy Brecker & The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion (“The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion” CD/DVD – HalfNote);  4º Soft Machine Legacy (“Burden of Proof” – MoonJune); 5º simakDialog (“The 6th Story” – MoonJune); 6º Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel (“San Francisco” – Bacalao); 7º Ian Carey Quintet (“Roads & Codes” – Kabocha); 8º Marbin (“Last Chapter of Dreaming” – MoonJune); 9º douBt (“Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love” – MoonJune); 10º FivePlay Jazz Quintet (“Five & More” – Auraline)

2013 Vocal Group: 1º New York Voices (“Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne” – Palmetto / “Let It Snow” – MRI)

2013 Big Band/Jazz Orchestra: 1º George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band (“News Reel Matters” – Migros); 2º BYU Synthesis (“The Day After Yesterday” w/ Steve Lindeman – Jazz Hang Records); 3º Metropole Orkest (“Amsterdam Meets The New Tango” w/ Pablo Ziegler – Zoho); 4º Orquestra À Base de Sopro de Curitiba (“Orq. À Base de Sopro de Curitiba & André Mehmari” DVD ); 5º Fischermanns Orchestra (“Wildfang” – Unit Records); 6º Oliver Lake Big Band (“Wheels” – Passin’ Thru); 7º Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra (“Bloom” – Nineteen Eight); 8º Ted Nash Big Band (“Chakra” – Plastic Sax); 9º hr-Bigband (“Wunderkammer XXL” w/ Michael Wollny – ACT); 10º Brussels Jazz Orchestra (“Wild Beauty” – Ent. One Music); 11º The Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra (“Artistry: A Tribute To Stan Kenton” – MAMA)

2013 Composer: 1º Steve Lindeman (“The Day After Yesterday” – Jazz Hang Records); 2º Geof Bradfield (“Melba!” – Origin); 3º Anthony Branker (“Uppity” – Origin); 4º Chick Corea (“The Vigil” – Stretch); 5º Wlodek Pawlik (“Randy Brecker Plays Wlodek Pawlik’s Night In Calisia” – ); 6º Asuka Kakitani (“Bloom” – Nineteen Eight); 7º Ben Van Gelder (“Reprise” – Pirouet); 8º Riza Arshad (“The 6th Story” w/ simakDialog – MoonJune); 9º Imer Santiago (“Hidden Journey” – Jazz Music City); 10º Ricardo Grilli (“If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller” – Dark House)

2013 Arranger: 1º Steve Lindeman (“The Day After Yesterday” – Jazz Hang Records); 2º George Gruntz (“News Reel Matters” –MGB); 3º Bob James (“Live in Tokyo” DVD w/ Fourplay – GRP Studios); 4º Geof Bradfield (“Melba!” – Origin); 5º David Weiss (“Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter” – Motéma)

2013 Engineer: 1º Rudy Van Gelder (“One For Rudy” w/ Joey DeFrancesco – HighNote); 2º Mark Conese (“Reunion” w/ Gene Bertoncini – Ambient Records); 3º Michael Chadbourne (“The Day After Yesterday” w/ Steve Lindeman – Jazz Hang); 4º Jim Anderson (“Sixteen Sunsets” w/ Jane Ira Bloom – Blu-ray Audio – Pure Audio Records); 5º Jay Messina (“If You Believe” w/ Mika Stoltzman – MK); 6º Markus Born (“Elders” w/ Pablo Held – Pirouet); 7º Scott Steinman (“Melba!” w/ Geof Bradfield – Origin); 8º Christian Tumalan (“San Francisco” w/ Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel – Bacalao); 9º Dan Feiszli (“I’m A Shy Guy” w/ Ed Reed – Blue Shorts)

2013 Artwork: 1º Konstantin Kern (the great graphic designer created several projects for the Pirouet label, including albums by Pablo Held, Bastian Stein, Anna Webber, Ben Van Gelder, Drew Gress etc); 2º Ian Carey (the musician himself conceived the creative album design for his “Roads & Codes” CD – Kabocha); 3º Michael G. Stewart (“Reunion” w/ Gene Bertoncini, Mike Mainieri, Michael Moore & Joe Corsello – Ambient Sound)

The Best Jazz Instrumental CDs
Steve Lindeman with BYU Synthesis: “The Day After Yesterday” (Jazz Hang Records)
Gene Bertoncini, Mike Mainieri, Michael Moore & Joe Corsello: “Reuninon” (Ambient Records)
Ronnie Cuber: “Live at JazzFest Berlin” (SteepleChase)
Pablo Held: “Elders” (Pirouet)
Mark Egan, Karl Latham & John Hart: “Unity 1” (Wavetone)
Mika Stoltzman: “If You Believe” (MK)
Geof Bradfield: “Melba!” (Origin)
Michael Pedicin: “Why Stop Now/Ubuntu” (Ground Blue Records)
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette: “Somewhere” (ECM)
Lupa Santiago: “Paris/São Paulo” (Gemini/Tratore)
George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band: “New Reels Matters” (Migros)
simakDialog: “The 6th Story” (MoonJune)
Ahmad Jamal: “Saturday Morning” (Jazz Villlage)
Randy Brecker: “Plays Wlodek Pawlik’s Night In Calisia” (Summit)
Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel: “San Francisco” (Bacalao)

The Best Vocal Jazz CDs

Molly Holm: “Permission” (Rinny Zin Records)

Beata Pater: “Red” (B&B Records)
Ed Reed: “I’m A Shy Guy” (Blue Shorts)
Mark Murphy: “A Beautiful Friendship: Remembering Shirley Horn” (Gearbox)
Eugenie Jones: “Black Lace Blue Tears” (EJ)
Andy Bey: “The World According To Andy Bey” (HighNote)
New York Voices: “Live with the WDR Big Band” (Palmetto)
Giacomo Gates: “Miles Tones” (Savant)
Scot Albertson: “Urge To Croon” (SA)
Agachiko: “Yes!” (Accurate)
The Best  Jazz DVDs/Blu-rays

Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock & Others: “Experience Montreux” 3D Blu-ray (Eagle Vision)

Fourplay: “Live in Tokyo” DVD (GRP Studios)
Hermeto Pascoal: “Hermeto Brincando de Corpo e Alma” DVD (HPAM)
Toots Thielemans: “Live at Le Chapiteau” DVD (Challenge)
Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin: “Invitation To Illumination” Blu-ray (Eagle Vision)
Orquestra À Base de Sopro de Curitiba & André Mehmari CD/DVD (Estúdio Monteverdi)
Friedrich Gulda & Barbara Dennerlein: “I Love Mozart, I Love Barbara” DVD (Arthaus)
Friedrich Gulda, Joe Zawinul & Chick Corea: “Friderich Gulda & Friends” DVD (Arthaus)
Randy Brecker: “The Brecker Brothers Reuinion Band” CD/DVD (HalfNote)
Miles Davis Quintet: “Live in Europe 1969 – The Bootleg Series Vol.2” CD/DVD (Sony)
Miles Davis with Quincy Jones & The Gil Evans Orchestra: “Live at Montreux 1991” Blu-ray (Eagle Vision)
Weather Report: “Birdland” DVD (IMV Blueline)
Hugo Fattoruso: “En Concierto” CD/DVD (Montevideo Music Group)

Blu-ray Audio

Jane Ira Bloom: “Sixteen Sunsets” (Out-line/Pro Audio)
Stan Getz & João Gilberto: “Getz/Gilberto” (Verve)
Diana Krall: “The Look of Love” (Verve)
Oscar Peterson: “Night Train” (Verve)
Nina Simone: “I Put A Spell On You” (Decca)

Special Projects/Reissues

Art Pepper: “Unreleased Art Vol. VIII – Live at Winery, September 6, 1976” (Widow’s Taste)

Freddie Hubbard Quintet: “Live at Carnegie Hall 1972” (Stepper Music)
Freddie Hubbard & Ilhan Mimaroglu: “Sing Me A Song of Songmy” (Atlantic/Warner Japan)
João Gilberto: “Legend” (Él/Cherry Red)
Cannonball Adderley: “The Happy People” (Capitol/EMI Japan)
Miroslav Vitous: “Magical Shepherd” (Warner Bros;/Warner Japan))
Joe Farrell: “Penny Arcade” (CTI/King)
Joe Farrell: “Joe Farrell Quartet” (CTI/Wounded Bird)
Allan Holdsworth: “FLATTire / Music For A Non-Existent Movie” (MoonJune)
Caldera: “Caldera/Sky Islands” (Cherry Red)
Ray Barretto: “Can You Feel It” (Atlantic/Warner Japan)
Box Sets

Herbie Hancock: “The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988” (Legacy)

Woody Shaw: “The Complete Muse Sessions” (Mosaic)
The Brecker Bros.: “The Complete Arista Album Collection” (Sony)
Weather Report: “The Columbia Albums 1976-1982” (Sony)
Clifford Jordan: “The Complete Strata-East Sessions” (Mosaic)
Freddie Hubbard: “Bundle of Joy/Super Blue/The Love Comection” (BGO)
Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald: “The Complete Decca Sessions 1934-1941 (Mosaic)
Stanley Clarke: “The Complete 1970s Epic Albums Collection” (Epic)
Pau Brasil: “Caixote 1982/2012” (Pau Brasil Music)

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50 of the Top Jazz CDs for 2013

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Scott Albin

This writer’s 3rd annual list of 50 of the best jazz releases, circa 2013, doesn’t come close to containing all the excellent new CDs that he was privileged enough to hear during the year. As usual, the list is in alphabetical order, thus in that sense playing no favorites. Pictured alongside this list is the cover of the New Gary Burton Quartet’s Guided Tour CD, which is on the list but has more importantly just received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Album.

Eric Alexander– Touching
Neil Alexander– Darn That Dream
Aperturistic Trio– Truth and Actuality
The Bechet Legacy– Birch Hall Concerts Live
Alí Bello– Connection Caracas-New York
Terence Blanchard– Magnetic
Michael Blanco– No Time Like the Present
Kenny Burrell– Special Requests
New Gary Burton Quartet– Guided Tour
Lou Caimano / Eric Olsen– Dyad Plays Puccini
Ian Carey Quintet + 1– Roads and Codes
Glenn Cashman’s Southland Nonet– Music Without Borders
Etienne Charles– Creole Soul
Cecelia Coleman Big Band– Who Am I?
Steve Coleman and the Five Elements– Functional Arrhythmias
Eddie Daniels / Roger Kellaway– Duke at the Roadhouse
Michael Dease– Coming Home
Aaron Diehl– Bespoke Man’s Narrative
Mark Egan / Karl Latham / John Hart– Unit 1
Amir ElSaffar– Alchemy
Matthew Finck / Jonathan Ball Project– It’s Not That Far
Ken Fowler / Behn Gillece– Top Shelf
Bob Franceschini / Mark Sherman– Project Them
Cleave Guyton, Jr.– Introducing the C.P. Heptet
Scott Hamilton– Swedish Ballads…and More
Fred Hersch / Julian Lage– Free Flying
Tim Horner– The Head of the Circle
Mike Jones Trio– Plays Well with Others
Matt Kane Trio– Suit-Up!
Tom Kennedy– Just Play!
Richard Lanham– Thou Swell
Billy Lester– Storytime
Mark Masters Ensemble– Everything You Did
Christian McBride– People Music
Miami Saxophone Quartet– Four of a Kind
New York Voices– Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne
The O’Farrill Brothers Band– Sensing Flight
Steve Owen– Stand Up Eight
Gregory Porter– Liquid Spirit
P.J. Rasmussen– Adventures In Flight
Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band– Game Changer
Steve Slagle– Evensong
Anthony Smith Vibraphone Quartet– Connections, Vol. One
Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers– Border-Free
Hristo Vitchev Quartet– Familiar Fields
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet– Latin Jazz / Jazz Latin
Frank Wess– Magic 101
Warren Wolf– Wolfgang
Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra– New Celebration
Craig Wuepper– Leaps and Bounds

Downbeat Magazine Big Funk Review

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Don Braden/
Karl Latham
Big Fun(k) Live
CREATIVE PERSPECTIVES MUSIC 3001
★★★1/2
Recorded over a series of gigs at
Cecil’s Jazz Club in West
Orange, N.J., Big Fun(k) Live
brings together a powerhouse
quartet of old friends who seem
hell-bent on having a ball. It’s a
funky, electried jam on seven contemporary-leaning original tunes and
two covers (Beyonce’s “Deja Vu” and Lennon/McCartney’s “Lucy In
The Sky With Diamonds”) spanning a range of styles from bebop to
rock. The title, an obvious reference to one of Miles Davis’ electric-era
albums, pretty much says it all.
Saxophonist Don Braden was playing instrumental rock and funk
long before he ever became known as a Young Lion of straightahead
jazz in the ’80s—and it shows in his well-developed, hard-hitting solos,
which unfold with brains and brawn over the bedrock laid down by
drummer/co-leader Karl Latham, electric bassist Gary Foote (of Blood,
Sweat And Tears fame) and New York synth man Nick Rolfe. Big Fun(k)
Live is thick with compelling improvisations by outstanding instrumentalists
who are clearly enjoying every minute spent together onstage.
The tunes are decent, but the real meat of this recording can be found
in the expertly executed arrangements and the high-ying solos, which
must have been a gas to see and hear live in the club. —Ed Enright

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