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The Sleepwalkers – Lost My Mind In Stereo (2014)

The Sleepwalkers – Lost My Mind In Stereo (2014)

As a quick frame of reference, Wisconsin band the Sleepwalkers could be filed under that general, umbrella-like category called power pop. That’s a pretty big category, which describes a lot of artists and songs

Birchall and Woolhouse – The Scenery of Life Unfolding (2014)

Birchall and Woolhouse – The Scenery of Life Unfolding (2014)

This has been done, of course. Among the legends to have played in a piano-and-bass duo are Bill Evans and Eddie Gomez, Chris Anderson and Charlie Haden, Duke Ellington and Ray Brown, and Paul Bley and Gary Peacock, among many others. To be sure, stepping into this format has its pitfalls.

Sam Boshnack Quintet – Exploding Syndrome (2014)

Sam Boshnack Quintet – Exploding Syndrome (2014)

From the same lively, progressive jazz scene in Seattle that’s brought us Paul Rucker, Cuong Vu and the various “tet” bands (Reptet, Triptet and Hardcoretet), Samantha “Sam” Boshnack is the fast-rising star of the bunch.

2 Taks Back – Downtown (2014)

2 Taks Back – Downtown (2014)

The Indianapolis-based 2 Taks Back have switched lead guitarists and bassists since 2012’s Coming Home – and yet, little has actually changed since vocalist Curtis Hartsook and Chris Dunlap founded the band years ago.

Justin DiFebbo – Turn Out the Light, Turn On the Stereo (2014)

Justin DiFebbo – Turn Out the Light, Turn On the Stereo (2014)

Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Justin DiFebbo dives head long into the styles and feel of pop songs from previous eras on the deeply enveloping Turn Out the Light, Turn On the Stereo.

Ben Flocks – Battle Mountain (2014)

Ben Flocks – Battle Mountain (2014)

Growing up in Bonny Doon, California, a picturesque hamlet near Santa Cruz where the land quickly transforms from open coastal terraces to thick, mountainside redwood forests, one can easily acquire a childlike wonderment of natural beauty.

Sweet Banditry – Farvefisen blomstrer [dedicated to Jens Jørgen Thorsen] (2014)

Sweet Banditry – Farvefisen blomstrer [dedicated to Jens Jørgen Thorsen] (2014)

There are probably scores of thrash jazz combos out there and when I’m of the right mind and the wife is not around, I can enjoy listening to every single one of them. Sweet Banditry is one of the latest such units to come around

Ian O’Beirne – Glasswork (2014)

Ian O’Beirne – Glasswork (2014)

Making the labored sound simple must be one of the tallest orders for any jazz musician, but that seems to come naturally to Philadelphia-based saxophonist Ian O’Beirne.

Ensemble, Et Al. – Present Point Passed (2014)

Ensemble, Et Al. – Present Point Passed (2014)

Ensemble, Et Al. is a four-piece band that could have just as easily been named “Percussion, Unlimited” for its makeup of all-percussive instruments: marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, drums, Indian cowbells and Tibetan Bowls.

Yonat – Daybreak EP (2013)

Yonat – Daybreak EP (2013)

Bay Area singer/songwriter Yonat Mayer displays her considerable songwriting prowess on her self-released debut EP Daybreak.