Ben Goldberg, Adam Levy, Smith Dobson – Worry Later (2014)

An album shaped by both interpretations of Monk and the interaction among these three.

One Track Mind: Rebirth Brass Band, “Rebirth Groove” from Move Your Body (2014)

As this song trumpets – quite literally – there ain’t nothing like a Rebirth groove.

Tohpati, with Jimmy Haslip and Chad Wackerman – Tribal Dance (2014)

Impossibly labyrinthine but appealing harmonies combine here with a high level of acumen.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Are You Going With Me?” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Are You Going With Me?” (1981)

This song has become The Anthem at live shows.

Jamie Saft, with Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte – The New Standard (2014)

‘The New Standard’ puts an edge into the oftentimes prosaic jazz trio format.

Erik Friedlander – Nighthawks (2014)

The unexpected solitude the master cellist found from the five day loss of power in lower Manhattan from Hurricane Sandy gave him the perspective and focus that provided the material for his bluegrass-tinged combo’s second release, Nighthawks.

Violette – Falling Strong (2014)

Violette fits into no easy category, no pre-set box.

Burn List – Burn List (2014)

Burn List represents Seattle’s edgier notion of jazz, and represents it well.

Cannonball Adderley – Black Messiah (1972; 2014 reissue)

Cannonball Adderley – Black Messiah (1972; 2014 reissue)

‘Black Messiah’ highlights Cannonball Adderley’s more adventuresome side.

Mark Egan – About Now (2014)

Mark Egan again hooks up with former Pat Metheny Group bandmate Danny Gottlieb.