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David A. Orthmann's Best Releases of 2011

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2011 was another banner year for newly recorded jazz. My favorites in no particular order...



New Tricks
New Tricks
New Tricks

band/orchestra

Alternate Side
(New Tricks Records)



Jeff Williams
Another Time
(Whirlwind Recordings)



Vinnie Cutro
Vinnie Cutro
b.1953
trumpet

The Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
(Royal Music Ensembles Records)



Nick Hempton
Nick Hempton
Nick Hempton
b.1976
sax, alto

The Business
(Posi-Tone)



Benjamin Drazen
Benjamin Drazen
Benjamin Drazen
b.1972
saxophone

Inner Flights
(Posi-Tone)



Captain Black Big Band
Captain Black Big Band
(Posi-Tone)



Jeremy Pelt
Jeremy Pelt
Jeremy Pelt
b.1976
trumpet

The Talented Mr. Pelt
(HighNote)



Reuben Wilson
Reuben Wilson
Reuben Wilson
b.1935
organ, Hammond B3
Trio
Revisited
(American Showplace Records)



Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
b.1952
saxophone
Us Five
Bird Songs
(Blue Note)



Michael Campagna
Moments
(Challenge Records)


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