Ken Hohman's Top Jazz Releases of 2014

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I'd taken a six month hiatus from my radio show, Freedom Jazz Dance, to concentrate on other things. Turns out my timing couldn't have been worse. I was inundated with so many excellent recordings in 2014 that my head was spinning. Fortunately, I now had the time to truly enjoy them! Here are the lucky 13 that struck my fancy:

1. Melissa AldanaMelissa Aldana & Crash Trio (Concord Records)

2. Chris ByarsThe Music of Duke Jordan (Steeplechase Records)

3. Akiko TsurugaCommencement (Akiko Jazz)

4. Rex RichardsonBlue Shift (Summit Records)

5. The Jason Jenkins Quartet—Aphelion (32 Bar Music)

6. Mark ElfMark Elf Returns (Jen Bay Jazz)

7. Eric AlexanderChicago Fire (HighNote Records)

8. Sean Jones Quartet—im.pro.vise: Never Before Seen (Mack Avenue Records)

9. Dave StrykerEight Track (Strikezone Records)

10. John D'EarthOn (Cosmology Records)

11. Joshua RedmanTrios LIVE (Nonesuch Records)

12. Marcus Tenney Trio—As You See It (32 Bar Music)

13. Paul Giallorenzo's Gitgo—Force Majeure (Delmark Records)

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