One Track Mind: Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn + Joey DeFrancesco, “Delia” (2014)

This is one finger-licking, chin-wagging, cool-side-of-the-pillow triumph.

Jacob Young – Forever Young (2014)

It’s fair to state that if you appreciate all that’s distinctive about ECM Records, you’re gonna really like Jacob Young’s Forever Young. And what’s not to like about that, anyway?

Kiki Ebsen – Scarecrow Sessions (2014)

Kiki Ebsen – Scarecrow Sessions (2014)

Kiki Ebsen, a long-time collaborator with Chicago, pays tribute to her famous father, Buddy Ebsen.

Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden – Last Dance (2014)

Though Haden is battling polio, he meets an old friend at their peak capacity.

Hiromi – Alive (2014)

Hiromi – Alive (2014)

Ahmad Jamal once said Hiromi “has discovered her own genre.” He was on to something.

Mykeljon and Groovexpress – Ukrainian Doll (2014)

There’s almost nothing they can’t do, as this project so amply shows.

The Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 – New York Concerts (2014)

Rare recordings confirm Giuffre’s foresight as free jazz began racing to the edge.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

Some think Metheny is joking around, that he couldn’t possibly like “all of this noise.”

Jan Luley featuring Thomas L’Etienne – Boonoonoonous (2014)

The title is derived from Creole patois for “wonderful.” And wonderful, it is.

Walt Weiskopf – Overdrive (2014)

Eleven-year Steely Dan sax veteran Weiskopf amply demonstrates why Becker and Fagen love this guy.