For the past couple of months, I’ve listened predominantly to classical music at home, it’s the stuff I’ve been drawn to. I’ve also been feeling dissatisfied by the concept of jazz recordings. This is no complaint about the music, which is my first love, but about the place of recordings in the process and aesthetic of jazz. This is not clear within myself yet, but I hope to have some thoughts on it this spring.
But I also spent a great week-plus experiencing live jazz, from Kris Davis at Roulette to the Winter JazzFest and Steve Lehman’s Octet at The Stone, and it had me catching up on some more recordings that came out in the second half of 2013, and all of these are uniformly excellent. Append them to any best-of list and check them out for yourselves:
* Kris Davis: [*Massive Threads*](http://www.amazon.com/Massive-Threads-Kris-Davis/dp/B00FA1DGK0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389904302&sr=8-1&keywords=massive+threads)
* Nate Wooley: [*Seven Storey Mountain III and IV*](http://www.amazon.com/Seven-Storey-Mountain-III-IV/dp/B00G0PK5XG/ref=sr_1_9?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1389904390&sr=1-9&keywords=seven+storey+mountain)
* Pascal Niggenkemper Vision7: [*Lucky Prime*](http://www.amazon.com/Lucky-Prime-Pascal-Niggenkemper-Vision7/dp/B00G8EWBS6/ref=sr_1_4?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1389904452&sr=1-4&keywords=pascal+niggenkemper)
* Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman Duo: [*Live at Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne*](http://www.amazon.com/Théâtre-Vidy-Lausanne-Sylvie-Courvoisier-Feldman/dp/B00EP6OF1A/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1389904502&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=sylvie+courvoisier+mark+feldman)
* Kaja Drakster: [*The Lives of Many Others*](http://www.amazon.com/Lives-Many-Others-Kaja-Draksler/dp/B00G1V14UW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1389977375&sr=8-2&keywords=the+lives+of+many+others)