JD ALLEN – “GRACE” (Saxophonist, leading a very edgy session, in a quartet with Eldar Djangirov playing piano. All originals).
BLUE CRANES – “SWIM” (Progressive collective quintet out of Portland, Oregon doing all originals of modern/post-jazz improvisations).
ELIANE ELIAS – “I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU” (Brazilian vocalist/pianist, paying tribute to Chet Baker, in an all vocal album of standards).
KEN FOWER/BEHN GILLECE – “TOP SHELF” (Another great, straight-ahead outing by the saxophonist/vibraphonist leaders. A sextet doing all originals).
AMOS GARRETT JAZZ TRIO – “JAZZBLUES” (2 guitars and a bass, doing straight-ahead standards and jazz tunes with a couple of vocal tracks).
NOAH HAIDU – “MOMENTUM” (Pianist, leading a straight-ahead trio in originals, jazz tunes and standards).
KROWN/WASHINGTON/BATISTE – “SOUL UNDERSTANDING” (Organist, joined by Walter Wolfman Washington, in a contemporary set of originals, with many vocal tracks).
DIANE MARINO – “LOADS OF LOVE” (Another Houston Person production of a female vocalist, doing straight-ahead standards).
SHARP RADWAY – “HYMNS AND THINGS” (Pianist, leading an all-star band, in a straight-ahead collection of originals and religious songs).
WALLACE RONEY – “UNDERSTANDING” (Trumpeter, leading a quintet, in a straight-ahead, but very edgy collection of Jazz tunes).
SAO PAULO UNDERGROUND – “BEIJA FLORS VELHO E SUJO” (Collective project led by cornet player Rob Mazurek out of the Chicago avant garde jazz scene. A progressive power trio and post-modern orchestra rolled into one doing all originals).
SASHA’S BLOC – “MELANCHOLY” (Straight-ahead vocal album).
LAUREN WHITE – “MEANT TO BE” (Female vocalist, doing straight-ahead standards and jazz tunes).