AGUABELLA – “BAKER: GATEWAY TO DEATH VALLEY” (Latin-tinged, straight-ahead grooves on mostly originals).
BRANDON BERNSTEIN TRIO – “BUT BEAUTIFUL” (Guitarist, doing straight-ahead versions of the Great American Songbook, mostly).
GLENN CASHMAN’S SOUTHLAND NONET – “MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS” (Straight-ahead swinging, West Coast style).
BILL FRISELL – “BIG SUR” (Guitarist, leading a chamber-like ensemble, in a folk-influenced tribute to the scenic California coast).
DARRYL HARPER – “THE EDENFRED FILES” – (Philadelphia-based clarinetist leading a quartet with a mix of collective originals and other jazz tunes).
STEVE LINDEMAN – “THE DAY AFTER YESTERDAY” (Salt Lake City composer/b3 player leading a quartet alongside the large ensemble of BYU “Synthesis”. Lindeman explores the contemporary big band sound with a full set of originals).
DAN MUSELLMAN – “DEVOTION” (Pianist, leading a trio and quartet, in a collection of straight-ahead originals).
RJ & THE ASSIGNMENT – “THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT” (Pianist/keyboardist, leading a mixed session of contemporary and straight-ahead, with some vocal and spoken word tracks).
DYLAN RYAN / SAND – “SKY BLEACHED” (Drummer with his Los Angeles-based progressive jazz trio performing all originals that explores melancholy soundscapes ranging between moods, textures and styles).
NICK SANDERS TRIO – “NAMELESS NEIGHBORS” (Pianist, with an album produced by Fred Hersch doing all original material, situating modern jazz with bits of interesting rhythmic trickery).
KRISTIN SLIPP + DOV MANSKI – “A THOUSAND JULY” (Different takes on songs from The Great American Songbook).
MICHAEL VLATKOVICH TRIO – “SUCCULENCE OF ABSTRACTION” (Adventurous trombonist with a live session recorded in Albuquerque, performing a set of highly improvisational tunes).