STEFAN AEBY TRIO – “UTOPIA” – (Ozella) - Street Date: Oct. 8th
(Swiss pianist and his second date as leader, presenting eight original compositions that blend lyrical melodies and rich harmonies with contemporary-music-scene grooves). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI-I2X1IsEc
HUTCHINSON ANDREW TRIO – “PRAIRIE MODERN” – (Chronograph Records)
(Canadian trio led by pianist Chris Andrew and bassist Kodi Hutchinson. The album features 13 original compositions with six tracks featuring Grammy-nominated saxophonist Donny McCaslin. The music itself is harmonious and energetic).
SHIRANTHA BEDDAGE – “IDENTITY” – (Addo Records)
(Canadian baritone saxophonist with a quartet and studio date that draws inspiration from J. Coltrane, P. Adams and T. Monk. All originals.)
THE MILES BLACK TRIO WITH GRANT STEWART – “LIVE AT CORY -
(New York-based pianist/multi-instrumentalist performing a live-recorded session that covers various compositional origins, styles, and structures).
TED BRANCATO – “THE NEXT STEP” – (Origin) - Street Date: Sept. 17th
(Pianist and Seattle native with a debut release presenting 14 originals that span a stylistic palette from straight-ahead jazz, to rhythm and blues, to Brazilian-influenced compositions.
SERGIO GALVAO – “PHANTOM FISH” – (Pimenta Music) - Street Date: Sept. 24th
(Brazilian saxophonist and his debut release that features a number of different musicians throughout the tracks. Sound has robust and upbeat tones along with a few ballads and mellow sambas).
FLORIAN HOEFNER GROUP – “FALLING UP” – (OA2) - Street Date: Sept. 17th
(German pianist and his seasoned quartet with the follow-up to his 2012 debut release featuring a set of nine new tracks, including seven originals and arrangements of “Eleanor Rigby” and “Black Is The Color”).
TIM HORNER – “THE HEAD OF THE CIRCLE – (Origin) - Street Date: Sept. 17th
(New York drummer leads a sextet of all-stars in a set of original soulful straight-ahead compositions).
MIKE JONES TRIO – “PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS” – (Capri) Street Date: Sept. 17th - (Pianist, drawing from Bossa Nova classics, standards, originals, and even some early rock and roll. Date features Jeff Hamilton on drums.
CALVIN KEYS – “ELECTRIC KEYS” – (Wide Hive) – Street Date Sept. 3rd.
(Guitarist with his 3rd release backed by Wide Hive players featuring eight new compositions that spans straight-ahead to funky explorations).
EDGAR KNECHT – “DANCE ON DEEP WATERS” (Ozella) Street Date: Sept. 10th
(German pianist leading a quartet through the ‘Old German Songbook’, fusing jazz and world music with classical composition and ancient folk melodies).
RAY MANTILLA – “THE CONNECTION” – (Savant) – Street Date: Aug. 27th
(Percussionist with a quintet and a program of originals and standards that encompasses the best of all music genres while still remaining true to his Latin roots and heritage).
TED NASH BIG BAND – “CHAKRA” – (Plastic Sax Records) - Street Date: Sept. 17th
(Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist creating a fresh sound expressed by the setting of a 16-piece big band, whom performs new long-form composition in seven movements).
MICHAEL PEDICIN – “WHY STOP NOW / UBUNTU” – (Ground Blue) – Street
- Date: Sept. 24th - (Tenor saxophonist presents his 12th outing as leader in a straight-ahead quintet setting. Much of the music on this release was inspired by the 2012 Newtown tragedy).
MICHELE ROSEWOMAN’S NEW YOR-UBA – “A MUSICAL CELEBRATION -
- OF CUBA IN AMERICA” – (Advance Dance Disques) - Street Date: Sept. 10th
(Pianist/vocalist backed by an all-star cast with a 2-disc release of Cuban folklore layered in melodies, chromatic ballads and energetic rhythms).
NICKY SCHRIRE – “SPACE AND TIME” – (Independent) - Street Date: Sept. 10th
(New York-based singer-songwriter putting fresh takes on songs from Gershwin to George Harrison to Massive Attack, alongside a few of her originals too). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIza1t1ndLw
DAVE SLONAKER BIG BAND – “INTRADA” – (Origin) – Street Date: Sept. 17th
(Arranger/orchestrator with a Los Angeles-based large ensemble featuring an all-star cast in a set of modern original compositions and arrangements). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMp2elq3CYM
TIERNEY SUTTON – “AFTER BLUE” – (BFM) - Street Date: Sept.24th
(Five-time Grammy-nominated vocalist doing reinterpretations of tunes by musician/singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell).
STEVE TURRE – “THE BONES OF ART” – (High Note) - Street Date: Sept. 22nd
(Trombonist assembling a unique ensemble including three other trombone-playing Art Blakey alumni, hence ‘The Bones of Art’. The program is mostly straight-ahead, deeply rooted in blues). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDYrR0EY2Sg
DAVID WEISS – “ENDANGERED SPECIES: THE MUSIC OF WAYNE -
- SHORTER” – (Motema) – Street Date: Aug. 13th
(Trumpeter with a live-recorded session at Dizzy’s Coca-Cola, Jazz At The Lincoln Center. A twelve piece mini big-band devoted to reimagining the music of Wayne Shorter).