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BILLY CHILDS – “MAP TO THE TREASURE” (Sony Masterworks)
(Grammy-winning composer/pianist together with an all-star cast of singers and musicians reinvigorating the musical legacy of signer/songwriter, Laura Nyro).
FREDDY COLE – “SINGING THE BLUES” (High Note)
(Singer/pianist backed by a quintet paying tribute to the people, places and performing spaces that shaped his life and career).
“CHARLIE HADEN & JIM HALL” (Impulse! /UMF ~ Blue Note distributed)
(Previously unreleased, this was the duo’s first concert-length recording held at the 1990 Montreal International Jazz Festival).
PETER HAND BIG BAND – “OUT OF HAND” (Savant)
(Guitarist/arranger with an all-star band for a studio recording that includes a mix of standards and originals).
DARREL KATZ & THE JCA ORCH. – “WHY DO YOU RIDE?” (Leo Records)
(Boston-based composer/conductor leading his 20-piece Jazz Composers Alliance ensemble of avant-garde, third-stream compositions paired with some vocals).
OLIVER LAKE ORGAN QUARTET – “WHAT I HEARD” (Passin’ Thru)
(Saxophonist/flautist featuring all originals that has a classic organ sound with an open-ended approach to improvisation mixed in with heavy grooves and funk elements).
MICHAEL O’NEILL & KENNY WASHINGTON– “NEW BEGINNINGS” (Jazzmo)
(Saxophonist and vocalist covering the Great American Songbook backed by a group that features Geoffrey Keezer on 8 of the 11 tracks).
PETER MADSEN - “ELVIS NEVER LEFT THE BUILDING” (Playscape)
(Pianist paying tribute to an idol during his youth by re-harmonizing ten Elvis staples alongside his trio of Australian-based Collective of Improvising Artists (CIA).
BOBBY MATOS - “RITMO & BLUES” (Café con Bagels Music)
(Percussionist, composer/arranger with his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble doing Charanga and Mambo Jazz arrangements with the addition of los ritmos to Doo Wop and classic Soul tunes).
MARIANNE SOLIVAN – “SPARK” (Hipnotic)
(New-York-based vocalist presenting a diverse program of material that reflects a variety of moods, eras, and tempos).