Vocalists

Frank Sinatra + Count Basie, “The Best is Yet To Come” from Ultimate Sinatra (2015)

Frank Sinatra + Count Basie, “The Best is Yet To Come” from Ultimate Sinatra (2015)

A highlight of ‘Ultimate Sinatra,’ everything is in place on Frank Sinatra’s Count Basie collaboration “Best is Yet to Come.” And then it surprises you.

Jose James – Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (2015)

Jose James – Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (2015)

Jose James’ new collection of classic Billie Holiday covers makes for a stellar, if somber, album. Yesterday I had the blues, indeed.

Ernestine Anderson, “Just In Time” from Swing the Penthouse (2015): One Track Mind

Ernestine Anderson, “Just In Time” from Swing the Penthouse (2015): One Track Mind

In February 1962, as Ernestine Anderson took the stage at a Seattle jazz club, the then-34 year old should have been consolidating her early successes.

Grace Marino, “Life Lessons” (2015): One Track Mind

Grace Marino, “Life Lessons” (2015): One Track Mind

A pre-release peek into “Life Lessons” showcases the incredible Grace Marino’s power and range in all of its ravishingly emotional splendor.

Cassandra Wilson, “Strange Fruit” (2015): One Track Mind

Cassandra Wilson, “Strange Fruit” (2015): One Track Mind

This brave song, written about the horror of racism long before the Civil Rights movement, is given a different complexity by Cassandra Wilson.

Eliane Elias, “Brasil” from Made in Brazil (2015): One Track Mind

Eliane Elias, “Brasil” from Made in Brazil (2015): One Track Mind

Eliane Elias is routinely connected with her Brazilian roots but, the truth is, “Brasil” begins her first full-length recording from back home since 1981.

Bob Dylan – Shadows in the Night (2015)

Bob Dylan’s gently involving set of covers shouldn’t work, because the principal thing that’s always made him so galvanizing has been his fury.

Donna Deussen + Paul Weitz Trio – On the Street Where You Live (2015)

Donna Deussen + Paul Weitz Trio – On the Street Where You Live (2015)

Donna Deussen’s new collaboration with Paul Weitz feels like it came together over black coffee among friends. In essence, that is the story.

Marianne Solivan – Spark (2014)

Marianne Solivan – Spark (2014)

Offering an alluring mix of original pieces and standards, Marianne Solivan’s ‘Spark,’ is a smoking session of well-rounded material.

Ashley Daneman – Beauty Indestructible (2015)

Ashley Daneman – Beauty Indestructible (2015)

Ashley Daneman’s new album, while certainly couched in the world of jazz, is also irrepressibly personal and boldly imperfect.