The Tarun Balani Collective – Sacred World (2013)

A wonderfully textured and mystical recording, Sacred World is a tremendous introduction to drummer and composer Tarun Balani.

Jake Hertzog – Throwback (2013)

In 2009, Jake Hertzog was just a couple of years out of Berklee, just beginning to attract notice as a brilliant guitarist, composer and bandleader.

TOTEM> – Voices of Grain (2013)

When outer fringe guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil got together with kindred spirits Tom Blancarte (upright bass) and Andrew Drury (drums) to form TOTEM>, they injected fresh concepts in the improvised music arena.

Harrison Bankhead Quartet – Velvet Blue (2013)

One of the most self-effacing musicians of Chicago’s AACM scene paradoxically creates some of its boldest music, and bassist Harrison Bankhead’s second album confirms that Morning Sun Harvest Moon was no one-off fluke.

Deanna Reuben – Christmas Is Here (2013)

With material as tried, true and in some cases worn smooth as Deanna Reuben tackles on Christmas Is Here, the focus quickly shifts to her own approach

Jitterbug Vipers – Phoebe’s Dream (2013)

A patently weird, completely loveable group of retro-cool Austin hipsters, Jitterbug Vipers sounds like Norah Jones sitting in with Django Reinhardt.

Gabriela Pepino – Let Me Do It (2013)

Hailing from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, soulful jazz singer Gabriela Pepino offers a heady mixture of Etta James and Amy Winehouse on Let Me Do It, sounding at once retro and somehow completely in the moment.

Art Pepper – Unreleased Art, Vol. VIII, Live At The Winery September 6, 1976 (2013)

Art Pepper – Unreleased Art, Vol. VIII, Live At The Winery September 6, 1976 (2013)

In 2007, twenty five years after Art Pepper’s death, his widow Laurie began issuing concert recordings of her late husband covering the period of his remarkable renaissance of the last seven years of his life.

One Track Mind: Kenny Barron, Gerry Gibbs and Ron Carter, “Promises, Promises” from Thrasher Dream Trio (2013)

A guy with the amount of respect and credentials as a composer, bandleader, arranger and drummer as Gerry Gibbs can more the hold his own in the presence of anybody.

Something Else! sneak peek: Chris Biesterfeldt, “Teen Town” from Urban Mandolin (2013)

When Chris Biesterfeldt set out to make the mandolin record which became Urban Mandolin, he used a small combo but outsized ambitions.