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2013 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

2013 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll


We asked 136 jazz journalists to pick their favorite albums that came out this year. Out of over 700 nominees, here are their collective top 50 picks, along with top finishers in the Latin jazz, vocal, debut and reissue categories.
— Francis Davis, NPR Music
 

Wayne Shorter Quartet: Without a Net

Wayne Shorter Quartet: Without a Net


"But it's the 23-minute 'Pegasus,' from Shorter's Los Angeles performance where the quartet was expanded to a nonet with the five-piece Imani Winds, that is the album's centerpiece—and highlight. Not since Alegria (Verve, 2003), his most recent studio recording, has Shorter worked with a larger ensemble, and while that album was plenty ambitious, 'Pegasus' trumps it in concept and execution, its powerful blend of form and freedom inspiring such powerful extrapolations from Shorter (again on soprano) that Blade can be heard, in the background, saying 'Oh my god!'"
— John Kelman, All About Jazz