★★★★ Something fresh is afoot on tenor saxophonist Matt Parker’s impressive debut, Worlds Put Together … Restlessly inventive … This promising debut makes him an album-maker to keep tabs on.

—Josef Woodard, DownBeat

Mid-Year Best of 2013 (Modern & Mainstream Jazz)

For this middle-of-2013 version list of best modern and mainstream jazz records, I expanded the meaning of “modern and mainstream jazz” a little bit this year to take into account jazz that’s the “mainstream” or “modern” of today.

- S.Victor Aaron