The Grammys are over, but I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty about offering a long-belated list of the best jazz and classical discs I reviewed last year.

Here’s my list of 2013 jazz, classical (mostly piano music) and vintage pop discs as a kind of anti-Grammys. All of it, I promise, is actually music. Think of it as my own personal antidote to Sunday’s pure insanity.


Charlies Tomlinson Griffes, “Piano Music” performed by Garrick Ohlsson (Hyperion)

Louis Lortie, “Liszt at the Piano” (Chandos)

Busoni, “Late Piano Music” performed by Marc-Andre Hamelin (Hyperion)

Faure, “Piano Music” performed by Angela Hewitt (Hyperion).


Wayne Shorter, “Without a Net” (Blue Note)

Rudresh Mahanthappa, “Gamak,” (Act)

Youn Sun Nah, “Lento” (Act)

Cecile McLorin Savant, “Woman Child” (Mack Avenue)

Bobby McFerrin, “Spirit You All” (Sony Masterworks)

Michel Camilo, “What’s Up” (Okeh)

John Hollenbeck, “Songs I Like a Lot” (Sunnyside)

Craig Taborn, “Chants” (ECM)

Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran, “Hagar’s Song” (ECM)

Madeline Peyroux, “The Blue Room” (Emarcy/Decca)

Miles Davis, “The Original Mono Recordings” (Sony Legacy, 9 discs)

Herbie Hancock, “Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988” (Columbia Legacy)

Kenny Garrett, “Pushing the World Away” (Mack Avenue)

Tierney Sutton, “After Blue” (BFM Jazz)

Modern Jazz Quartet, “Germany:1956-1958: The Lost Tapes” (Jazzhaus)

Thelonious Monk, “Paris: 1969” (Blue Note)

Chris Potter, “The Sirens” (ECM)

Mike Jones, “Plays Well With Others” (Capri)

Keith Jarrett Standards Trio, “Somewhere” (ECM)

Pop Music

The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Legacy, four discs)

Nilsson, “The RCA Album Collection” (RCA Legacy, 17 discs)

ZZ Top, “The Complete Studio Albums” (Warner Brothers, 10 discs)

- Jeff Simon