ANTHONY BRANKER & WORD PLAY – “UPPITY” – (Composer/musical director
with his modern jazz ensemble doing a mix of funky and straight-ahead originals.)
CECILIA COLEMAN BIG BAND – “WHO AM I?” (Percussionist, leading a big band
in all her originals, except for one standard).
THE KANDINSKY EFFECT – “SYNESTHESIA”- (Trans-Atlantic jazz power trio
based in NY & Paris doing collective originals of heavy grooves mixed with subtle
SCOTT HEALY ENSEMBLE – “HUDSON CITY SUITE” (Large brass ensemble, with
all original tunes composed by the pianist).
STEVE KUHN – “THE VANGUARD DATE” (Another previously unreleased live
session by the pianist, with Ron Carter and Al Foster, doing originals and standards).
ROSCOE MITCHELL – “DUETS W/TYSHAWN SOREY & HUGH RAGIN” –
(Saxophonist known for his involvement with Chicago’s AACM movement in the 60’s,
here, he presents all originals in a creative/progressive duet(s) setting).
CLAUDIO SCOLARI – “SYNTHESIS” – (Italian drummer with a collective date of
modern jazz tunes with emphasis on melodic textures and driving rhythmic patterns).
KAREN SOUZA – “HOTEL SOUZA” (Female vocalist, with an exotic style, doing
originals and standards).
JACKY TERRASSON – “GOUACHE” (Keyboardist, doing a mix of originals and new
standards. A Justin Bieber tune makes its first Jazz appearance).
RICH THOMPSON – “LESS IS MORE” – (Drummer leads a quintet for an energized set
of standards and originals).