GINGER BAKER – “WHY?” (Legendary drummer, leading a pianoless group, in an edgy collection of originals and jazz tunes).
KEN BERMAN – “SOUND POETRY” (Piano trio, performing all but two originals, and those standards are solo piano pieces).
JIMMY COBB – “THE ORIGINAL MOB” (Legendary drummer, leading a quartet, in a collection of straight-ahead standards and originals. Another one recorded at Smoke).
THEO CROKER – “AFRO PHYSICIST” (Trumpeter featuring elements of rock, hip-hop, R&B and swing mixed with afrobeat rhtyhms, produced by Dee Dee Bridgewater).
ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM – “AIN’T THAT RIGHT!” (Multi-instrumentalist, in a straight-ahead salute to Neil Hefti).
DENA DeROSE – “WE WON’T FORGET YOU…” (Vocalist/pianist, backed by all-stars, in a straight-ahead tribute to Shirley Horn).
SCOTT FEINER & PANDEIRO JAZZ – “A VIEW FROM BELOW” (Nice contemporary grooves).
REBECCA KILGORE – “I LIKE MEN” (Female vocalist, with a straight-ahead collection of standards).
MIKE LeDONNE – “I LOVE MUSIC” (Organist, leading an all-star quartet, with straight-ahead grooves).
MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC JAZZ PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – “THE SYMPHONIC ELLINGTON” (Duke’s orchestral works).
MARK MEADOWS – “SOMETHIN’ GOOD” (Vocalist/pianist, with a mostly vocal album of originals and new standards).
ERIC REVIS – “IN MEMORY OF THINGS YET SEEN” (Bassist, leading a quartet in a progressive outing).
ISABEL STOVER – “HER OWN SWEET WORLD” (Female vocalist, with an interesting collection of material).
ERNIE WATTS QUARTET – “A SIMPLE TRUTH” (Straight-ahead originals and jazz tunes).