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One Track Mind: Roger Gomez, “Mondays Guide” from Behind Cloud Nine (2014)

One Track Mind: Roger Gomez, “Mondays Guide” from Behind Cloud Nine (2014)

Threaded with a hip-hugging hook, this song packs a wallop.

Street Priest – More Nasty (2014)

Street Priest – More Nasty (2014)

Here in ‘Merica, we covet our freedom and we root for the underdog. And we like brash. Therefore, the free-funk, noise band out of Oakland that call themselves Street Priest is as American is, well you know, Grandma’s apple pie.

Mykeljon and Groovexpress – Ukrainian Doll (2014)

Mykeljon and Groovexpress – Ukrainian Doll (2014)

There’s almost nothing they can’t do, as this project so amply shows.

Jan Luley featuring Thomas L’Etienne – Boonoonoonous (2014)

Jan Luley featuring Thomas L’Etienne – Boonoonoonous (2014)

The title is derived from Creole patois for “wonderful.” And wonderful, it is.

Red Molly – The Red Album (2014)

Red Molly – The Red Album (2014)

This heretofore traditional Americana trio offramps into a diaphanous, mystery-filled place.

Jackpot, Tiger – Jackpot, Tiger (2014)

Jackpot, Tiger – Jackpot, Tiger (2014)

Taking their time uncovers the deeper complexities surrounding Jackpot, Tiger.

Violette – Falling Strong (2014)

Violette – Falling Strong (2014)

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

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)

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.