CLIPPER ANDERSON – “BALLAD OF THE SAD YOUNG MEN” (Bassist, stepping
out front with his debut recording as a vocalist. Leading a trio that presents a twelve-
track collection of assorted jazz tunes and popular classics).
EMILY BEAR – “DIVERSITY” (11-year old prodigy, produced by Quincy Jones, doing
all straight-ahead originals).
MARC BERNSTEIN & GOOD PEOPLE – “HYMN FOR LIFE” (New York &
Denmark-based saxophonist presents a quintet of straight-ahead originals that includes
jazz vocalist and his former student Sinne Eeg).
MICHAEL BLANCO – “NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT” (Bassist, leading a great
quintet, doing all straight-ahead originals).
JOE BURGSTALLER – “LICENSE TO THRILL” (Trumpeter, with an eclectic mix
classical and jazz tunes).
IAN DOGOLE – “JAZZ JOURNEYS & WORLDS BEYOND” (Multi-percussionist
and bandleader with a double-disc release that includes original compositions of trance-
inducing rhythms, flamenco music of Andalusia, to new interpretations of compositions
by legendary musicians/composers such as Ornette Coleman, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious
Monk, Alice Coltrane and more).
TOM GERSHWIN – “SWEET PASTIMES” (Trumpeter with an acoustic duo
album, melding the sounds of guitar and muted trumpet. Release showcases lyrical
improvisation on swing, folk, and Tin Pan Alley jazz compositions).
CECILE McLORIN SALVANT – “WOMAN CHILD” (Female vocalist, with a mix of
straight-ahead standards and originals, with folk influences on some tracks).
JACQUI NAYLOR – “DEAD DIVAS SOCIETY” (Female vocalist paying tribute to
those no longer living, from Sarah, Ella and Etta to Luther Vandross, Amy Winehouse
and Cass Elliott).
WAYNE RIKER FIVE – “KINDRED SOULS” (Local guitarist, with a mix of blues,
boogie and straight-ahead originals).
GAEA SCHELL – “AFTER THE RAIN” (Former San Diego pianist/vocalist, doing
straight-ahead standards and originals).
SWINGADELIC – “TOUSSAINTVILLE” (Big band paying tribute to New Orleans
songwriter Allen Toussaint).
THE UNIVERSAL QUARTET – “LIGHT” (Founded in 2008, this is a collective quartet
that includes Yusef Lateef, Kresten Osgood, Adam Rudolph and Kasper Tranberg.
Recorded in Copenhagen, the session features creative compositional textures with
rhythmic explorations and improvisations).