Bob Mintzer Big Band / For The Moment / MCG Bobby Broom / Upper West Side Story / Origin Stacey Kent / Dreamer In Concert / Blue Note Jimmy Owens / The Monk Project / IPO Frank Basile / Modern Inventions / Independent Bruce Barth / Three Things Of Beauty / Savant Cassandra Wilson / Another Country / EOne Corey Weeds / Up A Step / Cellar Live Lewis Nash Quintet / The Higher Mountain / Cellar Live Laverne Butler / Love Lost And Found Again / Highnote
As usual I have trouble confining my annual “Best of the year” list to the traditional ten and have thus weaseled my way around the issue by adding a few vocal releases and reissues. Your sympathetic tolerance is appreciated. Our hungry ears were substantially rewarded through the year with these fine recordings:
Frank Basile – Modern Inventions – independent through CD Baby - Omaha native and baritone burner Frank Basile leads a vibrant sextet on this refreshingly straight-ahead release.
Artist / CD Title / Record Label Giacomo Gates / The Revolution Will Be Jazz / Savant Jessica Williams / Freedom Trane / Origin Records Kurt Elling / The Gate / Concord Jazz Bobby Sanabria / Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!! / Jazzheads Orrin Evans / Captain Black Big Band / Posi-Tone Westchester Jazz Orch. / Maiden Voyage Suite / WJO Tom Harrell / The Time Of The Sun / HighNote Arturo O'Farrill / 40 Acres And A Burro / Zoho Judy Wexler / Under A Painted Sky / Jazzed Media One For All / Invades Vancouver / Cellar Live
Artist / CD Title / Record Label Kurt Elling / The Gate / Concord Jazz Bobby Sanabria & Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra / Tito Puente Masterworks Live !!! / Jazzheads Ambrose Akinmusire / When The Heart Emerges Glistening / Blue Note Giacomo Gates / The Revolution Will Be Jazz / Savant Jessica Williams / Freedom Trane / Origin Records One For All / Invades Vancouver / Cellar Live Johnny Mandel / The Man and His Music / Arbors Music Pat Martino / Undeniable / High Note