Music
11:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Best Music of 2013

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2013 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

Join KMUW's music hosts throughout January on Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train, Crossroads, Soulsations and Straight No Chaser for a month-long feature of the Best of 2013. See individual show pages for more information on upcoming shows and to listen to past shows through the streaming archive.

Best of 2013 lists:

Global Village's Top Five - World

1.       Mulatu Astatke - Sketches of Ethiopia (Jazz Village)

2.       Tamikrest - Chatma (Glitterbeat)

3.       Various - Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight to Ghana (Analog Africa)

4.       Various - Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & '80s (Soundway)

5.       Monoswezi - The Village (Riverboat)

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Strange Currency's Top Five - Rock

1.      Southeastern—Jason Isbell

2.      Songs For Slim: Rockin’ Here Tonight: A Benefit Compilation for Slim Dunlap—Various Artists

3.      You Must Be This Tall—Mike Keneally

4.      The RCA Albums Collection—Harry Nilsson

5.      Pale Green Ghosts—John Grant

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Strange Currency's Top Five - Local 

1.      Hatchetations—Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy

2.      7 Cities—Moreland and Arbuckle

3.      Just a Dream -- Shane Marler

4.      Tronan Vs. The Spidernauts -- Spirit of the Stairs

5.      Coming Together For A Cure Vol. 2 -- Various Artists

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Night Train's Top Five - Jazz

1.       Ahmad Jamal - Saturday Morning (Jazz Village)

2.       Cecile McLorin Salvant - WomanChild (Mack Avenue)

3.       Aaron Diehl - The Bespoke Man's Narrative (Mack Avenue)

4.       Joe Locke - Lay Down My Heart: Blues and Ballads 1 (Motema)

5.       Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette - Somewhere (ECM)

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Crossroads' Top Five - Blues

1.       The Sojourners - Sing and Never Get Tired (Little Pig)

2.       Cash Box Kings - Black Toppin' (Blind Pig)

3.       Eric Bibb - Jericho Road (Stony Plain)

4.       Hadden Sayers - Rolling Soul (Blue Corn)

5.       Robben Ford - Bringing It Back Home (Provogue)

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Straight No Chaser's Favorite Albums of 2013 - Instrumental Jazz

Complete Columbia Album Collection -- Herbie Hancock

Nice and Easy -- Huston Person

Soul Brother Cool -- Cyrus Chestnut

White House Sessions -- Bennett/Brubeck

Milestones -- Giacomo Gates

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Soulsations' Top Five - R&B and Gospel

1. Grace and Mercy -- Jonathan Butler

2. I Blame You -- Ledisi

3. Jesus -- Kem ft. Patti Labelle and Ronald Isley

4. Oye Como Va -- Natalie Cole ft. Arthur Hanlon

5. My Promise -- Earth, Wind & Fire

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Counter clockwise-Left: Jedd's #2 and #1 rockumentary picks, Chris's #1 music book pick and Jedd's #1 music book pick.

The Best Music Books And Rockumentaries Of 2013:

Jedd's Picks For Best Music Books

Chris's Picks For Best Music Books

Jedd's Picks For Best Rockumentaries