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Best of 2013

Jez Nelson reviews the best jazz albums of 2013 with studio guests Helen Mayhew and John Fordham. Including music by Pat Metheny, Kit Downes, The Thing and Kenny Wheeler.

Jez Nelson presents the best jazz albums of 2013. The programme features selections from Jez and studio guests, Helen Mayhew and John Fordham, including music by Pat Metheny, Kit Downes, The Thing and Kenny Wheeler. Plus, the favourites of the year from our international correspondents and, in tribute to British pianist Stan Tracey, a track by his quartet recorded live for Jazz on 3 in 2004.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Chris Elcombe.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Pat Metheny


    Composer: John Zorn

    • Tap/Zorn Book of Angels.
    • Nonesuch/Tzadik.
  • The Impossible Gentlemen

    Barber Blues

    • Internationally Recognised Aliens.
    • Basho.
  • Bobby McFerrin


    • Spirityouall.
    • Masterworks.
  • Dawn of Midi


    • Dysnomia.
    • Thirsty Ear.
  • Quercus

    The Lads in their Hundreds

    • Quercus.
    • ECM.
  • Banda d'Improvisadors de Barcelona


    • Banda d'Improvisadors de Barcelona.
    • Laolla.
  • Ralph Alessi

    Gobble Goblins

    • Baida.
    • ECM.
  • Kit Downes Quintet

    Wander and Colossus

    • Recorded for Jazz on 3 at The Cockpit Theatre, London on 29 May 2013.
  • Butcher Brown

    Starlight Starbright

    • A and B sides (EP).
    • Self release.
  • Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone & London Vocal Project


    • Mirrors.
    • Edition.
  • Arve Henriksen


    • Places of Worship.
    • Rune Grammofon.
  • The Thing


    • Boot!.
    • The Thing Records.
  • Stan Tracey Tribute

    • The Stan Tracey Quartet

      Starless and Bible Black

      • (recorded live for Jazz on 3 at Jazz Britannia in 2005).


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