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!

(Photo: DownBeat)

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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    “I like to just click on songs that touched me and see if I could do them in a personal way — especially if it’s a well-known song,” Alpert said about selecting material for his new album.

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    McCann’s deep roots in gospel and the blues gave his music a gritty, earthy quality and a large supply of soulful licks.

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    The Black Men of Labor Club leads a second line parade, from the documentary City of a Million Dreams.

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    ​The Blue Note Quintet includes Gerald Clayton, Immanuel Wilkins, Joel Ross, Kendrick Scott and Matt Brewer. The all-star collective embarks on a North American tour this month.

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    Emmet Cohen, right, with one of his heroes, Houston Person.