These are the CDs that never roamed away from the current listening shelf.
Jessica WilliamsTouchOrigin Records
Masterpiece isn't a word to be tossed around lightly. Jessica Williams
, with the eighty-eight piano keys and a lifetime of musical immersion, has created one with this recording.
Keith Jarrett/Charlie HadenJasmineECM Records
A sublime duo outing with jazz veterans, pianist Keith Jarrett
and bassist Charlie Haden
a sort of accidental recording, an understated set of familiar standards exploring the themes of love and love lost.
Matt JorgensenTattooed by PassionOrigin Records
Drummer/band leader Matt Jorgensen
continues to push the music forward on this tribute to his late father-in-law, abstract expressionist painter Dale Chisman.
Denny ZeitlinPrecipiceSunnyside Records Denny Zeitlin
, a jazz Renaissance man who day jobs as a psychiatrist, has offered up one of the finest recordings of his career, a stunningly beautiful solo piano set, recorded live.
Paul Motian / Chris Potter / Jason MoranLost In A DreamECM Records
Drummer Paul Motian
, who came to prominence in the late fifties as a member of pianist Bill Evans
' Trio, is still going strong ten years into the new century, with saxophonist Chris Potter
and pianist Jason Moran
Dave Liebman GroupTurnaround: The Music of Ornette ColemanJazzwerkstatt Records
Veteran saxophonist Dave Liebman
goes deep into Ornette Coleman
's music with his long-standing quartet, adding a new harmonic depth to Coleman's Harmolodics.
Pete Malinverni TrioA Beautiful Thing
Saranac Records Pete Malinverni
has been a top level jazz pianist for a good while, but this highly spontaneous set is a breakout recording effort that lives up to its title and then some.
Bill CarrothersJoy SpringPirouet Records
Pianist Bill Carrothers
' tribute to early bop legend, trumpeter Clifford Brown
, rollicks and rolls in freewheeling territory, and, in the case of the title tune, slows the pace for an near religious rumination on the music of the died-too-young legend.
Christian WeidnerThe Inward SongPirouet Records
German alto saxophonist/bandleader Christian Weidner
has crafted a fresh, unique and very modern ensemble sound with his stellar quartet.
Dave Douglas and KeystoneSpark of Being: ExpandGreenleaf Music
Trumpeter Dave Douglas
and his "soundtrack band," Keystone, add superb atmosphere to yet another take on the Frankenstein theme.