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2013 CDs I’m previewing now with my latest listening contraption…

Terri Lyne Carrington Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue (Concord, due Feb. 5): 50 years after Duke Ellington headed into the studio with Charles Mingus and Max Roach for the landmark trio recording, “Money Jungle,” drummer Carrington pays tribute. Though I normally grimace at such concepts, Carrington has the good sense and musicality to perhaps pull this off with purpose.

Kendrick Scott Conviction (Concord, due March 26): Terence Blanchard calls him “the most musical drummer I’ve ever worked with.” And Scott’s compositions for Blanchard’s band suggested a concept coming to fruition. Scott’s debut as a leader was smart but scattered. I’m eager to hear what this one brings.

Matthew Shipp Greatest Hits (Thirsty Ear, due Jan. 29): A greatest hits album from a freely improvising pianist? Shipp, who is one of the avant-garde’s leading lights and one of jazz’s clearest forward-thinkers tells all who will listen that he’s the greatest (he’s as fluent in self-praise as in improvised-music languages). And more so than nearly anyone on his scene, he manages to sound accessible. So why not?

Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet Ciudad de los Reyes (Saponegro, due Feb. 12) Peru has a lesser-told story within the hemispheric tale of African musical influence. Trumpeter Alegría is well-equipped to tell it.

Melissa Aldana Second Cycle (Inner Circle): I first heard tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, from Santiago, Chile, as a precocious teenager during a festival hosted by pianist Danilo Pérez in Panama. Now in her mid-20s, living in New York, Aldana swings hard, sounds supple, and is beginning to make waves.

Keith Jarrett Hymns Spheres (ECM, due Jan 22): Jarrett’s celebrated 1976 encounter with the Trinity organ of Ottobeuren’s Benedictine abbey at last released in its entirety on 2 Cds.

Harold Mabern Mr. Lucky: A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. (High Note): This one came out in September, but I’m just getting around to it. I love Mabern and I remember Sammy.

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