LAURA AINSWORTH – “NECESSARY EVIL” (Female vocalist, swinging familiar and obscure standards).
DAVID CHESKY – “JAZZ IN THE NEW HARMONIC” (Pianist, leading a quintet, in a very edgy collection of originals).
JAY CLAYTON – “HARRY WHO?” (Female vocalist, singing the Harry Warren songbook).
AVISHAI COHEN – “DUENDE” (Bassist, in a straight-ahead duet recording with pianist Nitai Hershkovits).
RICK CUTLER – “FROM THE SILENCE” (Pianist, in a solo outing of originals).
MARKO DJORDJEVIC & SVETI – “SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL” (Serbian drummer, leading a trio/quartet, doing straight-ahead originals, with some progressive tracks).
GEORGE DUKE – “DREAMWEAVER” (Keyboardist/vocalist, in a mixed bag of contemporary tracks, mostly vocal).
NANCY HARMS – “DREAMS IN APARTMENT” (Female vocalist, mixing standards and originals).
ALBERT HEATH – “TOOTIE’S TEMPO” (Drummer, leading a trio that features Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson, in a collection of straight-ahead standards, jazz tunes and originals).
THE JOST PROJECT – “CAN’T FIND MY WAY HOME” (Singer, who also plays harmonica and guitar, doing jazz versions of rock tunes).
PAQUITO d’RIVERA – “SONG FOR MAURA” (Playing his saxophone and clarinet, leading a quartet, doing straight-ahead versions of Brazilian tunes).
DEBORAH SHULMAN & THE TED HOWE TRIO – “GET YOUR KICKS” (Female vocalist, singing the Bobby Troup songbook).