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Travis Rogers Jr.

05 Dec 2013 10:32 PM | Travis Rogers Jr.

Jazz Favorites of 2013

Travis Rogers, Jr.


Solo Recording               

Keith Jarrett - No End (ECM Records)

This is not Jarrett on solo piano! Rather, he plays electric guitar, electric bass, drums and percussion with only a whiff of piano.          

Duo Recording   

Randy Klein’s Two Duos - What’s Next (Jazzheads Records)

Klein alternates duos with Boris Kozlov (bass) and Alex Skolnik (guitar)

Trio Recording

George Colligan Trio - The Endless Mysteries (Origin Records)

with Larry Grenadier (bass) and the incomparable Jack DeJohnette (drums)

Quartet Recording

Hristo Vitchev Quartet - Familiar Fields (First Orbit Sounds Music)

Called "Impressionistic Jazz," Vitchev has brought together an ideal line-up, especially Weber Iago (piano)

Debut Recording

I Know You Well Miss Clara - Chapter One (MoonJune Records)

Producer Leonardo Pavkovic's brilliant discovery from Indonesia

Guitar Jazz Album

John Scofield - Uberjam Deux (EmArcy)

Scofield continues to inspire and amaze

Piano Jazz Album

Aaron Parks - Arborescence (ECM Records)

Brilliant young pianist with his first ECM solo recording

Sax Jazz Album

Sadao Watanabe - Outra Vez (Red River Entertainment)

Watanabe celebrates 60 years in music in 2013. This is his first return to Brazil in 25 years.

Urban Jazz Album

Robert Glasper Experiment - Black Radio 2 (Blue Note-Universal)

Glasper may be the best thing to happen to Jazz since...Sydney Bechet.

Avant-Garde Jazz Album

Mike Mahaffay - Reflections on a Symphony (Mahaffay’s Musical Archives)

An astonishing interpretation of Charles Ives' Universe Symphony

Progressive Jazz Album

simakDialog - The 6th Story (MoonJune Records)

Together for 20 years, the West is finally hearing these brilliant musicians from Indonesia.

Latin Jazz Album

Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers - Border Free (Jazz Village)

71 years old and still going strong, Chucho is the great link to the wonderful heritage of Afro-Cuban music.

Fusion Jazz Album

Sharp Three - Zero Cool (Sharp Three Music)

Brothers Goh and Kai Kurosawa team with Chuck van Haecke to create thrilling adventures in fusion.

Live Performance of 2013

Melissa Aldana - The 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition

Melissa is rewarded for what she already proved in her first two albums--that she is the future of Jazz sax.

YouTube Performance of 2013

Mike Prigodich & MPEG - “Lucy Goose” Live @ Jimmy Mak’s 8/26/2013

Prigodich is a masterful composer/pianist and is joined by the the best of the best in Damian Erskine (bass) and the amazing Reinhardt Melz (drums). Watch the bass solo. It sounds like flamenco on bass.

2013 Crossover Artist of the Year

Berta Rojas - Salsa Roja (Onmusic Recordings)

Berta is a classically-trained guitarist who is at home in any genre. Stunning beauty.

Best Surprise of 2013

Jawanza Kobie - Feels Better Than It Sounds (JKM)

Jawanza Kobie has had a great career writing film scores and soundtracks but this is him doing what we wish he had been doing for 20 years. But it has been worth the wait.

2013 Jazz Composer of the Year

George Colligan. With two albums this year and with musicians going from Jaleel Shaw and Donald Edwards to Boris Kozlov and Jack DeJohnette, Colligan writes ideal passages for each musician, especially for himself on piano. Colligan is a genius.

2013 Jazz Album of the Year

Spyro Gyra - The Rhinebeck Sessions (Crosseyed Bear Productions)
Sometimes derided as pop-Jazz, Spyro Gyra has inspired and entertained for nearly 40 years. With a new drummer, they have been re-energized and have shown that they will be around for a long time.
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