- Frank Wess, Magic 201 (IPO Recordings): Sadly Wess passed away in December, but has left us one last CD, a follow up to the terrific "Magic 101" from 2013.
- George Cables, "Icons and Influences" (High Note): I believe it will be a trio with Dezron Douglas and Victor Lewis, and if it's Cables you know it will be a great piece of mainstream music.
- Helen Sung, "Anthem for a New Day" (Concord): A new label for Sung, who is a marvelous pianist. This is said to be a sextet, and will have features for Regina Carter on violin and Paquito D'Rivera on clarinet.
- Kris Bowers, "Heroes and Misfits" (Concord): I've mentioned the Monk Piano Competition before. He is fabulous, creative, and up and coming, maybe even here.
- Edward Simon, "Venezuelan Suite" (Sunnyside): Another fabulous pianist with a new one. I have no information.
- Omar Sosa, "Senses" (Ota): On his own label, latin pianist Sosa will be going solo this time around.
- Cory Weeds, "Let's Go" (Cellar Live): Weeds on sax with his quintet, and with guest Steve Davis on trombone. Has to be a great straight forward blow.
- Jeremy Pelt, "Face Forward Jeremy" (High Note): Pelt has turned out great music regularly in January for a while now so expect another one.
- Tord Gustavsen, "Extended Circle" (ECM): No further information.
- Arild Andersen, "Mira" (ECM): With Paolo Vinaccia and Tommy Smith on drums and tenor sax respectively. It says it will be soulful ballads and mid-tempo free-floating sound explorations.
- Norma Winstone, "Dance without Answer" (ECM): I did a long post on Winstone last year. She is a vocalist with a long record of outstanding albums who covers everyting from the standards songbook to modern pop and folk and modern originals. A classic voice, a classic interpreter.
- Jimmy Heath Big Band, "Togetherness: Live at the Blue Note" (JLP): His previous big band records smoked and this one will too I bet.
That's just for starters, I am sure there will be much much more, including a slew of new things from overseas that I have not listed.
If I am not back before the holidays to post, have a wonderful and joyous time. And always enjoy the music.