Best Albums of 2023

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Follow the link to check out the 4-, 4.5- and 5-star album reviews published in DownBeat in 2023!

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What were the best albums of 2023? DownBeat’s annual list of the top albums reviewed in the magazine gives a glimpse. Of course, it does not include those year-end beauties due to publishing deadlines, but there’s plenty of great music to dig into. Check out the full list by clicking HERE or on the image below. DB






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    Benjamin possessed a fluid, round sound on the alto saxophone, and he was often most recognizable by the layers of electronic effects that he put onto the instrument.

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    Sanborn’s highly stylized playing and searing signature sound — frequently ornamented with thrill-inducing split-tones and bluesy bent notes — influenced generations of jazz and blues saxophonists.

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    ​Albert “Tootie” Heath (1935–2024) followed in the tradition of drummer Kenny Clarke, his idol.

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    Henry Threadgill performs with Zooid at Big Ears in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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    Cuscuna played a singular role in the world of jazz as a producer of new jazz, R&B and rock recordings; as co-founder of a leading reissue record label; as a historian, journalist and DJ; and as the man who singlehandedly kept the Blue Note label on life support.


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