Music

Consummate Canadian jazz and Latin flutist Bill McBirnie has released a new album (his sixth) which departs, in a significant way, from all three of his previously acclaimed acoustic jazz projects (Mercy with Robi Botos; Paco Paco with Bernie Senensky; and Nature Boy with Mark Eisenman). On Find Your Place, Bill has placed the flute in a very unlikely setting—as part of an organ trio!

Here you go: a recap of what your favorite over-vocabulated radio personality played on those Tuesday nights through the year, with helpful and occasionally sardonic commentary to help guide your recollection.

  AM + Shawn Lee

La Musique Numerique

This collection gives us vocal and instrumental versions of its tracks, which include a standout cover of Joe Jackson's "Steppin' Out" and a vibe that will make you take out the grownup glasses for making cocktails.

 The Computers

Father Jay of Saturday Blues' favorite blues albums of 2013:

10.  This Time Another Year by Brandon Santini

9.  Secret Canon Vol. 2 by Dayna Kurtz

8.  Birdlegg by Birdlegg

7.  Long Walk Home by Kevin Selfe

6.  Rhythm & Blues by Buddy Guy

5.  Drink, Drank, Drunk by Andy T Nick Nixion Band Featuring Anson Funderburgh

4.  Down In Louisiana by Bobby Rush

Blues With a Twist's top 10 albums of 2013 are:

10.  Deal With It by 4 Jacks

9.  Blues With A Mood by Big Bill Morganfield

8.  That's When The Blues Begins by Ruff Kut Blues Band

7.  Remembering Little Walter by Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Sugar Ray Norcia and James Harmon

6.  Cotton Mouth Man by James Cotton

5.  Memphis by Boz Scaggs

4.  Just For Today by Ronnie Earl

Dave Fries of A Taste of Jazz's favorite albums of 2013, listed in no particular order: 

  • Dave Bennett's Don't Be That Way

Dave Bennett shows that his skills and interests go far beyond that of channeling any of his stylistic predecessors like Benny Goodman, Pete Fountain, Artie Shaw, et al. Once a member of the original Hot Club Detroit, Bennett stays within the mainstream repertoire, covering several go Goodman’s most famous records. This album blazes its own path with Dave’s clarinet skills while still paying tribute to his mentors.

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