ALBARE – “THE ROAD AHEAD” (Guitarist, leading a quartet, in a straight-ahead collection of originals, except for one Stevie Wonder tune, sung by Al Harris).
RALPH ALESSI & FRED HERSCH – “ONLY MANY” (Trumpeter and pianist, in a progressive duet outing).
JERRY BERGONZI – “BY ANY OTHER NAME” (Saxophonist [playing piano, too], leading an edgy session of “Variations on a Theme”).
BLACK HOST – “LIFE IN THE SUGARCANDLE MINES” (Quintet featuring Gerald Cleaver & Darius Jones performing eight originals written by Cleaver that blend modern jazz, free jazz, psych, post-punk and electrified noise).
FREDDY COLE – “THIS AND THAT” (Male vocalist, with a nice, straight-ahead mix of tunes).
LARRY CORBAN – “THE CIRCLE STARTS HERE” (Guitarist, leading a trio, in a straight-ahead session of originals and standards).
ELEW – “ROCKJAZZ, VOL.2” (Solo piano recording of rock and jazz tunes).
DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY – “BROOKLYN BABYLON” (Brooklyn-based composer/bandleader with an 18-piece big band. Group weaves together progressive jazz, early American popular styles, Balkan folk music, and the sounds of Brooklyn’s contemporary music scene).
BILL KWAN – “MORE THAN THIS” (Male vocalist, doing mostly new standards).
PAT METHENY – “TAP: JOHN ZORN’S BOOK OF ANGELS, VOL. 20” (Metheny’s only second time playing compositions written by an avant-composer as he covers John Zorn’s Book of Angels series. Tracks feature different kinds of depths ranging from aggressive to melodic textures.)
CARLINE RAY – “VOCAL SIDES” (Female vocalist [Catherine Russell’s 87 year-old mother], in a straight-ahead session).
WADADA LEO SMITH & TUMO – “OCCUPY THE WORLD” (Conductor/trumpeter with a new creative/improvised/progressive orchestra featuring five extended originals).