A wonderful year for this music we call jazz. Here's the ten that I couldn't get off the CD player in 2007. Sky Blue
Maria Schneider Orchestra ArtistShare
Maria Schneider is in a class of her own in the large ensemble categoryin a class of her own as an artist. This music is magnificent!
My Foolish Heart
Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/ Jack DeJohnette
The "Standards Trio" in top form Live at Montreux, serving up their own distinctive take on some time-tested classics along with some energetic Fats Waller stride.
Lee Konitz-Ohad Talmor Big Band
Alto legend Lee Konitz in front of a big band conducted and arranged by Ohad Talmora teaming that brings the Gil Evans/Miles Davis collaborations to mind.
Essence of Green
Ron Di Salvio
A fresh and vibrant nod to Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (Columbia Records, 1959) with Jimmy Cobb, who played on the original, in the drummer's chair.
A Long Story
Simply beautiful, spacious/adventurous sounds by Israeli-born pianist Anat Fort. The inimitable Paul Motion is on the drums.
Shopping For Your Heart
This is the Idaho-based vocalist's third CD. His artistry has grown stronger and more assured with each outing; and this one is a gem.
Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi teamed with guitarist John Abercrombie makes for a modern sometimes edgy sound, for a great sax and a rhythm section outing.
Jim McNeely/Kelly Sill/Joel Spencer
Pianist Jim McNeely is best known for his work with large ensembles, but his teaming with bassist Kelly Sill and drummer Joel Spencer is a stellar mainstream piano trio outing.
New York Trio Recordings Vol. 2: Voices
Marc Copland's piano approach holds a beautiful fluid abstraction. Paul Motian on drums.
Blue Note Records
Guitarist Bill Frisell wrapped in a bunch of production for a big, dense sound.