THOMAS CHAPIN – “QUARTETS ’95 & “96” (Saxophonist in a triple disc release, live at The Knitting Factory, disc 3 is progressive).
DORIAN DEVINS – “THE PROCRASTINATOR” (Female vocalist, doing standards and jazz tunes. Nice voice, great arrangements).
AL HERMANN & THE NEW IMPRESSIONS TRIO – “DREAM DANCES” (Trombonist, leading a quartet, in Brazilian grooves).
MATT McDOUGALL – “FAMILIAR FACES” (Debut album from Canadian guitarist, doing all originals).
JUSTIN ROBINSON – “IN THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT” (Saxophonist, leading a quartet, Roy Hargrove on 2 tracks, doing straight-ahead jazz tunes and standards).
MARCUS ROBERTS NONET – “DEEP IN THE SHED: A BLUES SUITE” (Pianist, leading a large group, doing all originals, on the edgy side).
CHESTER “CT” THOMPSON – “MIXOLOGY” (Former Tower of Power and Santana organist, in a straight-ahead session of mostly jazz tunes).
MORT WEISS – “I’LL BE SEEING” (Clarinetist, fronting a bass/drum/conga quartet, with a straight-ahead collection of standards).
…and…NEW CHRISTMAS JAZZ…
SUSIE ARIOLI FEATURING JORDAN OFFICER – “CHRISTMAS DREAMING” (Swing versions of Holiday favorites and originals).
RICK BRAUN – “SWINGIN’ IN THE SNOW” (Trumpeter/vocalist with mostly big band versions of holiday tunes).
CHAISE LOUNGE – “A VERY CHAISE LOUNGE CHRISTMAS” (Retro hipsters, with vocal versions of classic holiday tunes and originals).
THE COLBYS – “CHRISTMAS GUMBO” (Vocal, New Orleans style Christmas tunes).
JASON PAUL CURTIS – “LOVES HOLIDAY” (Male vocalist, in a big band setting, with Christmas tunes and others).
NATHAN EKLUND – “CRAFTY CHRISTMAS” (Trumpeter, performing straight-ahead Christmas tunes, lots of electric piano).
JAY HOGGARD – “CHRISTMAS VIBES ALL THROUGH THE YEAR” (Vibraphonist, with straight-ahead Holiday and Gospel tunes).
DAVID IAN – “VINTAGE CHRISTMAS” (Pianist, with guest vocalists, doing straight-ahead versions of Holiday favorites).
DEANA MARTIN – “WHITE CHRISTMAS” (Dino’s daughter, doing mostly big-band versions of Christmas tunes).
MICHAEL PAGAN – “KEYBOARD CHRISTMAS” (Great solo piano jazz versions of Holiday tunes).