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Elizabeth Shepherd – The Signal (2014)

Elizabeth Shepherd – The Signal (2014)

‘The Signal’ is bold, personal and completely lucid audio art from Elizabeth Shepherd. It wouldn’t be overstating it at all to assert that this is the most important vocal jazz record of 2014.

Wadada Leo Smith, with Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, Balazs Pandi – Red Hill (2014)

Wadada Leo Smith, with Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, Balazs Pandi – Red Hill (2014)

Leading by example, Wadada Leo Smith inspired Saft, Morris and Pandi to reach even deeper into themselves as well. Group improv like you’ve never heard it before.

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble – Sketches of Spain Revisited (2014)

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble – Sketches of Spain Revisited (2014)

There is no small amount of blasphemy going on here.

Ivo Perelman + Karl Berger – Reverie (2014)

Ivo Perelman + Karl Berger – Reverie (2014)

25 years in, Perelman shows no sign of slowing down or running out of ideas.

An Appreciation: Joe Sample and the Crusaders, “It Happens Everyday” (1977)

An Appreciation: Joe Sample and the Crusaders, “It Happens Everyday” (1977)

Remembering a drop-dead gorgeous tone poem that was so emblematic.

Anna Webber, with John Hollenbeck and Matt Mitchell – Simple (2014)

Anna Webber, with John Hollenbeck and Matt Mitchell – Simple (2014)

Webber laid bare her compositions, leaving it in a few, capable hands and in doing so, made them flourish.

Wadada Leo Smith – The Great Lakes Suite (2014)

Wadada Leo Smith – The Great Lakes Suite (2014)

A summit meeting of progressive jazz titans, themed around the Great Lakes.

Something Else! sneak peek: Freddy Cole, “My Mother Told Me” from Singing the Blues (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Freddy Cole, “My Mother Told Me” from Singing the Blues (2014)

He’s adding intriguing new layers to the age-old idea of blues singing.

One Track Mind: Andy Bey, “Lover Come Back to Me” (2014)

One Track Mind: Andy Bey, “Lover Come Back to Me” (2014)

Take everything else away, and Andy Bey’s vocal gift is revealed anew.

Something Else! sneak peek: Mark Elf, “A Little Diddy” from Returns 2014 (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Mark Elf, “A Little Diddy” from Returns 2014 (2014)

After eight long years away, Mark Elf isn’t creeping back into things.