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Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

Straight No Chaser is the place for jazz lovers (and those who will soon be jazz lovers) to enjoy podcasts with their favorite music and artists. Winner of the 2017 JazzTimes Readers' Poll for Best Podcast, your host Jeffrey Siegel will take you inside the world of jazz, from the new releases to the best festiva;s to remembrances of jazz legends.

Jan 4, 2014

Rather than attempt to make a conventional list of "Best of" CDs at the end of each year, I take stock of what artists impressed me the most, what CDs found their way back into the player most often, and whose music continued to move me after the initial novelty of a first listen wore off. Then I break these into a few handy categories, like "Memorable Reissues" or "Tribute Albums of Note". It seems unfair to me to match, say, John Coltrane's Sun Ship Session against Chris Potter's latest CD to say which is "better". The two musicians are from different times and take different approaches to music, although both play the saxophone extremely well.

So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things of 2013.  It was a very good year.

Great New Things from Old Friends

Chris Potter – The Sirens

Wayne Shorter Quartet – Without a Net

Joe Lovano UsFive – Cross Culture

Dave Holland – Prism

Christian McBride & Inside Straight – People Music

New Artists and Those Hitting Their Stride

Cécile McLorin Salvant- WomanChild

Craig Taborn Trio – Chants

Warren Wolf - Wolfgang

Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit

Aaron Diehl - The Bespoke Man's Narrative

Etienne Charles – Creole Soul

Memorable Reissues, Compilations, and Posthumous or Archival Albums

Jack DeJohnette - Special Edition [Box set]

John Coltrane Quartet - The Complete Sun Ship Session

Charles Lloyd -  ECM Box Set

Paul Motian -  ECM Box Set

Miles Davis - Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2

Tribute Albums of Note

Tierney Sutton – After Blue

Marc Carey – For the Love of Abbey

Rene Marie – I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt

Geri Allen - Grand River Crossings – Motown & Motor City

Terri Lynne Carrington - Money Jungle; Provacative in Blue

Reunions and Collaborations of Note

Fred Hersch & Julian Lage – Free Flying

Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran – Hagar’s Song

Eddie Daniels & Roger Kellaway – Duke at the Roadhouse – Live in Santa Fe

The Swallow Quintet – Into the Woodwork

Bob James and David Sanborn – Quartette Humaine

Podcast 402 gives you a chance to hear music from some of these memorable CDs, one from each category, including:

Christian McBride & Inside Straight – “Gang Gang” from People Music

Cécile McLorin Salvant – “Baby Have Pity On Me” from WomanChild

Miles Davis – “No Blues”  from Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2

Geri Allen – “ Save the Children” from Grand River Crossings – Motown & Motor City

The Swallow Quintet – “Exit Stage Left” from Into the Woodwork