ERIC ALEXANDER – “CHICAGO FIRE” (Saxophonist, leading a quartet/quintet, in a straight-ahead outing.
THE BAD PLUS – “THE RITE OF SPRING” (Piano trio, adapting Igor Stravinsky’s classic ballet score).
ALAN BROADBENT AND NDR BIG BAND – “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL” (Pianist, leading a big band doing straight-ahead charts).
MARK BUSELLI – “UNTOLD STORIES” (Trumpeter, leading a quintet, doing mostly originals).
NELS CLINE SINGERS – “MACROSCOPE” (Guitarist, leading an adventurous group, performing all originals).
NANCY GOUDINAKI – “I WANNA BE YOUR STAR” (Female vocalist/guitarist, backed by all-stars, with a mix of standards and originals).
“HOPSCOTCH” (Collective led by vocalist Jeanie Mishler and pianist Charlie Hiestand, doing all originals).
ABUDLLAH IBRAHIM – “MUKASHI” (Pianist, leading a mellow session of originals).
THE L.A. TREASURES PROJECT – “LIVE AT ALVAS SHOWROOM” (Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, with Ernie Andrews and Barbara Morrison).
OSCAR PEŇAS – “MUSIC OF DEPARTURE AND RETURNS” (Guitarist, leading a varied Latin session).
IVO PERELMAN – “BOOK OF SOUND” (Saxophonist, leading a progressive trio, in a multi-movement, album-length composition).
ERIC REED – “THE ADVENTUROUS MONK” (Pianist, leading a quartet, doing straight-ahead Monk classics).
PETER SPRAGUE – “OCEAN IN YOUR EYES” (Guitarist, leading a straight-ahead vocal album, with Kevyn Lettau and Leonard Patton).
VERVE JAZZ ENSEMBLE – “EAST END SOJOURN” (Quintet/sextet, doing straight-ahead Jazz tunes, standards and originals).
JESSICA WILLIAMS – “WITH LOVE” (Pianist, in a solo recording of mostly standards).
MICHAEL WOLLNY – “WELTENTRAUM” (German pianist, featuring original tunes, mixed with selections from classical, rock & pop composers).