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Night Train's Top 20: Best of 2013

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)

6.       Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet - Desertico (Ota)

7.       Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet - In the Beginning: Volumes 1 & 2 (Pilgrimage)

8.       Christian McBride Trio - Out Here (Mack Avenue)

9.       Steve Turre - The Bones of Art (High Note)

10.   Ben Sidran - Don't Cry for No Hipster (Nardis)

11.   Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit (Blue Note)

12.   Kenny Garrett - Pushing the World Away (Mack Avenue)

13.   New Gary Burton Quartet - Guided Tour (Mack Avenue)

14.   Hutchinson Andrew Trio - Prairie Modern (Chronograph)

15.   Rene Marie - I Wanna Be Evil (Motema)

16.   Joshua Redman - Walking Shadows (Nonesuch)

17.   Trilok Gurtu - Spellbound (Sunnyside)

18.   Fred Hersch/Julian Lage - Free Flying (Palmetto)

19.   Roberto Fonseca - Yo (Concord)/ Emilio Teubal - Musica Para un Dragon Dormido (Brooklyn Jazz Underground)

20.   Joe Fiedler's Big Sackbut - Sackbut Stomp (Multiphonics Music)/ Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band - Game Changer (Capri)

Chris Heim produces and hosts Global Village, a nationally and internationally distributed world music show; the nightly jazz show Night Train, and Crossroads, KMUW’s twice-weekly blues and R&B show. Chris is also a critic and freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Utne, Global Rhythm, Dirty Linen, and Option, among others.