2013 and all that jazz

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If you're just opening your eyes to the Charlotte scene in 2014, I can already tell you something about it - there's going to be plenty more jazz from big-name artists.

For once, the jazz year in Charlotte will not be put to shame by the jazz lineup at Spoleto Festival USA - partly because a Spotlight on Spoleto program on January 17 at the Mint Museum brings us Spoleto headliner René Marie to kick off our roster of topnotch attractions.

In honor of the new order, I thought it would be nice to step up my own jazz coverage at the Loaf, previewing the delights to come and summing up the year gone by. First, I'm looking back, fortifying the Top 10 I contributed to JazzTimes with a Top 25 and an equally long roll call of sumptuous also-rans. Happy, jazzy New Year, and enjoy!

Top 25

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1. Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet - Wislawa (ECM)
2. Alexis Cuadrado - A Lorca Landscape (Sunnyside)
3. Nicole Mitchell - Nicole Mitchell's Ice Crystal - Aquarius (Delmark)
4. Charles Lloyd/Jason Moran - Hagar's Song (ECM)
5. Wayne Shorter Quartet - Without a Net (Blue Note)
6. Bobby McFerrin - spirityouall (Masterworks)
7. Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet - In a World of Mallets (Basin Street)
8. Geraldo Henrique Bulhões - Quasar (Geraldo Henrique Bulhões)
9. Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette - Somewhere: Live in Lucerne 2009 (ECM)
10. Gilad Edelman - My Groove, Your Move (Sharp Nine)
11. Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra - Second Wind: A Tribute to the Music of Bill Evans (Soulpatch)
12. Tierney Sutton - After Blue (BFM)
13. Alan Broadbent - Heart to Heart: Solo Piano (Chilly Bin)
14. The Wee Trio - Live at the Bistro (Bionic)
15. Terence Blanchard - Magnetic (Blue Note)
16. Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit (Blue Note)
17. Darcy James Argue's Secret Society - Brooklyn Babylon (New Amsterdam)
18. The Willie Jones III Sextet - The Willie Jones III Sextet Plays the Max Roach Songbook (WJ3)
19. Chris Potter - The Sirens (ECM)
20. Bill O'Connell - The Latin Jazz All-Stars (Savant)
21. Stefano Battaglia Trio - Songways (ECM)
22. Ted Nash Big Band - Chakra (Plastic Sax)
23. George Benson - Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole (Concord)
24. Christian McBride - People Music (Mack Avenue)
25. Frank Wess - Magic 101 (IPO)

Best of the Rest
Ben Goldberg - Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues (Bag Production)
Bobby Matos & His Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble - Mambo Jazz Dance (Lifeforce Jazz / Planetworks)
Boyd Lee Dunlop - The Lake Reflections (Mr. B Sharp)
Cécile McLorin Salvant - WomanChild (Mack Avenue)
Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers - Border-Free (Jazz Village)
Cyrus Chestnut - Soul Brother Cool (WJ3)
Dave Douglas Quintet - Time Travel (Greenleaf)
David Murray Infinity Quartet - Be My Monster Love (Motéma)
David Weiss - Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter (Motéma)
Enrico Pieranunzi, Marc Johnson, & Paul Motian - Live At The Village Vanguard (Cam)
Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo - Melody Magic (Azica)
Gilad Hekselman - This Just In (Jazz Village)
Gregory Tardy - Standards & More (SteepleChase)
Jaimeo Brown - Transcendence (Motéma)
Jason Moran + Trio 3 - Refraction - Breakin' Glass (Intakt)
Jeff Lederer - Swing N' Dix (Little (i) Music)
Joshua Redman - Walking Shadows (Nonesuch)
Kenny Garrett - Pushing the World Away (Mack Avenue)
René Marie - I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt (Motéma)
Ryan Truesdell/Gil Evans Project - Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare)
Steve Swallow Quintet - Into the Woodwork (ECM)
Tom McDermott - Bamboula (Minky)
Walter Norris & Leszek Możdżer - The Last Set: Live at the A-Trane (Act Music & Vision)
Warren Wolf - Wolfgang (Mack Avenue)
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet - Latin Jazz - Jazz Latin (Patois)


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