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Billy Hart Quartet – One Is The Other (2014)

Billy Hart had made a name for himself quite a long time ago drumming in bands or recording dates led by Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi, Shirley Horn, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner and Sten Getz,

Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance – Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance (2014)

Though my mind sometimes likes to classify all “big band” jazz into that Benny Goodman/Glenn Miller/Paul Whiteman box, doing so ignores the innovations in working with larger groups brought by Fletcher Henderson, Sun Ra and, mostly prominently, Duke Ellington.

Randy Ingram – Sky/Lift (2014)

Randy Ingram was part of a cluster of new talent that was being brought to light by the Brooklyn Underground Jazz record label in the late aughts. The Road Ahead (2009) was a solid debut for the California-raised pianist and composer.

Sly 5th Ave – Akuma (2014)

Akuma is the first album by rising saxophone star Sly 5th Ave, wrung from the sweat of him waiting tables in this self-financed album that’s been two years in the making.

Jeff Ballard Trio with Lionel Loueke and Miguel Zenon – Time’s Tales (2014)

Jeff Ballard is best known as Brad Mehldau’s longtime drummer and also one third of the critically acclaimed FLY trio with Mark Turner and Larry Grenadier.

Pete Robbins – Pyramid (2014)

As a bandleader and award-winning composer, saxophonist Pete Robbins never stands still, crafting each album using some different dimension.

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.

Sarah Manning – Harmonious Creature (2014)

Four years ago, up-and-coming alto saxophonist Sarah Manning marked her arrival to the NYC scene with her first album with Posi-Tone, Dandelion Clock (2010), and it made waves.

Gavin Templeton – In Series (2013)

You know how one bulb goes out on a strand of Christmas lights and the whole strand goes dark? That’s because the lights are connected “in series.” Gavin Templeton makes the same observation in life and society in general

John Abercrombie Quartet – 39 Steps (2013)

John Abercrombie was one of the key jazz guitarists to emerge in the mid-’70s, along with John Scofield and Pat Metheny, and an Abercrombie ECM album has been a steady occurrence since

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