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Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio (2014)

Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio (2014)

Ready or not, here comes 2013′s Monk International Competition saxophone winner Melissa Aldana. ‘Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio’ marks a solid first step in the post-Big Win phase of her young career.

Gene Segal Quintet – Mental Images (2014)

Gene Segal Quintet – Mental Images (2014)

It was a long stretch between Gene Segal’s first and second albums but ‘Mental Images’ assures that the intervening time was time was spent.

Something Else! exclusive stream: Michael Dease, “Roppongi” from Relentless (2014)

Something Else! exclusive stream: Michael Dease, “Roppongi” from Relentless (2014)

Michael Dease’s big band take on “Roppongi” breathes new life into this little-noticed Randy Brecker gem.

Wolfgang Muthspiel, with Brian Blade and Larry Grenadier – Driftwood (2014)

Wolfgang Muthspiel, with Brian Blade and Larry Grenadier – Driftwood (2014)

Wolfgang Muthspiel has just begun with ECM but ‘Driftwood’ has the style and sonority of an old vet with the label. This sounds like the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Joe Magnarelli – Lookin’ Up! (2014)

Joe Magnarelli – Lookin’ Up! (2014)

‘Lookin’ Up!’ is simply damned good, no-nonsense, straight-ahead jazz carried out with veteran proficiency.

Steve Lehman Octet – Mise En Abîme (2014)

Steve Lehman Octet – Mise En Abîme (2014)

‘Mise En Abîme’ would be a stunning achievement for just about anybody else; for Steve Lehman, it’s just his still-evolving musical personality racing out beyond jazz’s frontiers and daring anyone to try and catch up.

Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz – A View From Below (2014)

Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz – A View From Below (2014)

Scott Feiner successfully introduces the pandeiro into electric jazz fusion to produce a breezy concoction that goes down as easy as rum punch, and is just as intoxicating.

Jacob Young – Forever Young (2014)

Jacob Young – Forever Young (2014)

It’s fair to state that if you appreciate all that’s distinctive about ECM Records, you’re gonna really like Jacob Young’s Forever Young. And what’s not to like about that, anyway?

Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden – Last Dance (2014)

Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden – Last Dance (2014)

Though Haden is battling polio, he meets an old friend at their peak capacity.

Hiromi – Alive (2014)

Hiromi – Alive (2014)

Ahmad Jamal once said Hiromi “has discovered her own genre.” He was on to something.