Joe Beck – Get Me Joe Beck (2014)

When we listen to the last known recordings of a music great who has passed away, is it natural to elevate the quality of the music in those recordings because nothing else from that musician will ever follow it?

One Track Mind: Harvey Mason, “Chameleon” from Chameleon (2014)

One Track Mind: Harvey Mason, “Chameleon” from Chameleon (2014)

Harvey Mason’s upcoming debut on the Concord Music label puts the iconic session drummer squarely into his old jazz-funk environs where he made a name for himself back in the 1970s.

Nels Cline Singers – Macroscope (2014)

The Nels Cline Singers’ identity has always been elusive thing to pin down, which is kind of the point of the band.

Brian Blade Fellowship – Landmarks (2014)

Brian Blade Fellowship – Landmarks (2014)

As one of the most in-demand drummers in the world — jazz and otherwise — it can be a little understandable if Brian Blade hadn’t come forth with an album since 2009’s sublime singer-songwriter excursion Mama Rosa.

Nick Millevoi – Numbers On The Side (2014)

Philadelphia guitarist Nick Millevoi has chops to spare, evident when he’s playing in bands like Many Arms, Deveykus, Form and Mess or Haitian Rail.

Chris Greene Quartet – Music Appreciation (2014)

Chris Greene Quartet – Music Appreciation (2014)

Chris Greene, and all of ‘Music Appreciation,’ builds in intensity and power but never forsakes subtlety.

Medeski, Martin and Wood + Nels Cline – Woodstock Sessions, Vol. 2 (2014)

Remember back in the late 90’s, when the then-little-known acid jazz trio Medeski, Martin & Wood got together with John Scofield and caused a funk-jazz commotion?

Pete McGuinness – Strength in Numbers (2014)

There is a serious big band push to Strength in Numbers, the new disc from the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra. The Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, trombonist, and vocalist fronts an impressive group of New York players and sinks every ounce of his creative impulse into the material

Syrinx Effect – Snail Songs EP (2014)

Snail Songs by Syrinx Effect Creating soothing, soulful sounds can come from an endless combination of sources, and Seattle’s New Music duo Syrinx Effect does it with just a trombone and a soprano saxophone.

Peter Brendler – Outside the Line (2014)

I first encountered the savvy of Peter Brendler’s bass when sizing up Jon Irabagon’s wild, seventy-eight minute improvisation ride, Foxy (2010).