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:


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.

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-isq – -isq (Cheespeas Records)

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


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)


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


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)

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