MICHAEL EATON – “INDIVIDUATION” (Destiny)
(Saxophonist playing all originals with his working band that includes Dave Liebman on select tracks).
CHAMPIAN FULTON – “CHANGE PARTNERS” (Cellar Live)
(Pianist/vocalist leads a quartet that features Cory Weeds in a traditional setting covering various classics).
RICHARD GALLIANO – “SENTIMENTALE” (Resonance)
(French accordionist with a lively and spirited collection of performances with melodies across cultures mixed from classic jazz tunes and originals).
JACLYN GUILLOU – “WINTER FOR BEGINNERS” (Cellar Live)
(Vocalist backed by a quintet with special guests appearances featuring all modern contemporary originals).
JONATHAN KREISBERG – “WAVE UPON WAVE” (NFN)
(Guitarist presenting eight creative originals together with a trio and some guest appearances).
JASON MARSALIS VIBES QUARTET – “21ST CENTURY TRAD BAND” (Basin)
(Back with his second Vibes Quartet release combining hard-swinging selections with more melodic interludes).
GARY MOTLEY – “DE.PART.TURE” (G Stream)
(Atlanta-based pianist delivering a set of eight originals for jazz trio that ranges from swing to waltz).
ALISTER SPENCE / MYRA MELFORD – “EVERYTHING HERE IS POSSIBLE”
(Pianists with an EP for duet improvisations recorded live on two Steinway grand pianos without effects).
THE SPIN QUARTET – “IN CIRCLES” (Origin)
(A collective chordless quartet presenting all groove-based originals).
BILL O’CONNELL & THE LATIN JAZZ ALLSTARS – “IMAGINE” (Savant)
(Pianist serving up nine arrangements, seven of which he composed, for a program of prime grooves that have Latin spice with bebop chord changes).
HOUSTON PERSON – “THE MELODY LINGERS ON “ (High Note)
(Featuring a quartet, together they explore the nooks and crannies of ten standards, some familiar, and some obscure).
YYSHAWN SOREY – “ALLOY” (PI Recordings)
(Drummer/composer taking on the jazz piano trio tradition and extending the continuum to include compositional influences from classical music).