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December 8, 2013

Bill Shute/KSE Top 27 Albums of 2013 (in no particular order)

Once again, although it’s been a horrible year in many ways and a mediocre year in many other ways, it’s been a GREAT year for the arts, both in new work in a variety of disciplines and in archival reissues/rediscoveries of earlier work, much of it unappreciated or even unreleased in its day. As far as new creations from 2013, it will take future archivists 100 years to catalog what’s been done this year…and with all the micro-editions and unique art-editions and the proliferation of formats for artworks of all kinds and the ephemeral creations such as installations, the depth and breadth of what’s been created in 2013 is stunning…and the archival presentations of past works have never been more thoughtfully and beautifully presented. There has been a lot to discover and to appreciate this year.

Of the hundreds upon hundreds of new cd/cassette/cdr/vinyl releases I’ve enjoyed in 2013, here are the 27 that I would most recommend…ranging from 20’s jazz to 20th century composers to 60’s garage bands to free-improv/free-jazz to a solo album by an ex-Ellingtonian to Jandek’s 9-cd set of solo piano to a 4-cd box of “old-time” music from late 1920’s Tennessee to cassettes from contemporary noise/drone/improv masters to Los Angeles R&B of the late 40’s to a Henry Mancini soundtrack and much much more…thanks to all the artists and labels listed below for making this such a great year.

THESE ARE NOT IN ANY ORDER…they are all FIRST in my book…

1. KEITH ROWE/GRAHAM LAMBKIN, “Making A” (Erstwhile, cd, US)


2. various artists, “Oklahoma Rocks, Volume 14: The ‘Ruff’ Label” (no label, cdr, US)

ruff records

3. various artists, “Beating The Petrillo Ban: The Late December 1947 ‘Modern’ Sessions” (ACE, 2-cd set, UK)


4. ANGELICA SANCHEZ/WADADA LEO SMITH, “Twine Forest” (Clean Feed, cd, Portugal)


5. various artists, “Book A Trip 2: More Psych-pop Sounds of Capitol Records” (Now Sounds, cd, UK)

book a trip 2

6. JEF GILSON, “Archives” (Jazzman, cd, UK)


7. ALFRED 23 HARTH, “As Yves Drew A Line. Estate.” (Re-Records, cd, Hong Kong)

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8. various artists, “The Johnson City Sessions, 1928-1929” (Bear Family, 4-cd box, Germany)


9. WALT DICKERSON QUARTET, “The Complete New Jazz Recordings” (Solar, 2-cd, EU)


10. SMOKEY EMERY, “Quartz” (Indian Queen, vinyl EP, US)


11. BARRY ALTSCHUL, “The 3Dom Factor” (Tum, cd, Finland)


12. JIMMY LYTELL, “The Complete Pathe Recordings, 1926-1928” (Jazz Oracle, CD, Canada)


13. DEREK ROGERS, “Don’t Stop Bereaving” (Bridgetown, cassette, US)

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14. SIMONE MANCUSO, “John Cage–Works For Percussion” (Stradivarius, CD, Italy)


15. JANDEK, “The Song of Morgan” (Corwood, 9-cd box, US)

song of morgan three

16. HENRY MANCINI, “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, THE WHITE DAWN” (Intrada, CD, US)


17. BROTHER JOHN RYDGREN, “Silhouette Segments” (Omni, 2-cd, Australia)


18. various artists, “Long-Lost Honkers & Twangers” (Ace, CD, UK)


19. FOSSILS, “Brainville” (Banned Productions, cassette, Canada)

fossils tape

20. THE CHICO HAMILTON QUARTET featuring CHARLES LLOYD, “A Different Journey” (WEA International, CD, Japan)

Chico Hamilton - A Different Journey (Front)

21. ANTON HEYBOER, “Rules Of The Universe” (Kye, 2-LP set, US)


22. HAROLD ASHBY QUARTET, “Harold Ashby Quartet” (Progressive, cd, US)


23. VALES, “Boreal Head Trip” (Skell, cassette, US)


24. JANDEK, “Athens Saturday” (Corwood, 2-cd set, US)

JANDEK  athens saturday

25. BOB DYLAN, “Another Self-Portrait, 1969-1971: The Bootleg Series, Volume 10” (Colunbia, 2-cd set, US)


26. various artists (Huey Meaux productions), “South Texas Rhythm ‘n’ Soul Revue” (Ace, cd, UK)

south texas

27. GREG “STACKHOUSE” PREVOST, “Mississippi Murderer” (Mean Disposition, LP, Spain)

greg prevost


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