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Chris May

New Releases
  • Tony Bevan, Bruised, Foghorn Records
  • Steve Reid Ensemble, Spirit Walk, Soul Jazz Records
  • Polar Bear, Held On The Tips Of Fingers, Babel
  • Evan Parker, The Eleventh Hour, ECM
  • Hendrik Meurkens, Amazon River, Blue Toucan Music
  • Enrico Pieranunzi, Play Morricone, Cam Jazz
  • Konono No.1, Congotronics, Crammed Discs
  • Acoustic Ladyland, Last Chance Disco, Babel
  • Nachito Herrera, Bembe En Mi Casa, FS Music
  • The Necks, Mosquito, See Through, ReR Megacorp


Reissues, Historical Releases
  • John Coltrane, One Down, One Up: Live At The Half Note, Impulse
  • Various Artists, Lagos Chop Up, Lagos All Routes, Honest Jons
  • Shrimp Boat, Speckly, Aum Fidelity
  • Ike Quebec, The Complete Blue Note 45 Sessions, Blue Note
  • Leo Parker, Let Me Tell You 'Bout It, Blue Note


Doug Collette

New Releases
  • The Brad Mehldau Trio, Day Is Done, Nonesuch
  • The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, The Sameness of Difference, Hyena
  • Jazz Mandolin Project, The Deep Forbidden Lake, Lenapee
  • The Benevento, Russo Duo, Best Reason to Buy the Sun, Ropeadope
  • Pat Metheny Group, The Way Up, Nonesuch
  • Wayne Shorter, Beyond the Sound Barrier, Verve
  • John Scofield, That's What I Say, Verve
  • Groundtruther, Longitude, Thirsty Ear
  • Garage a Trois, Outre Mer, Telarc
  • John Ellis, One Foot in the Swamp, Hyena
  • Greg Osby, Channel Three, Blue Note


Reissues, Historical Releases
  • Grateful Dead, Complete Fillmore West 1969, Rhino-GD Productions
  • Phish, Island Tour, Live Phish
  • Miles Davis, The Complete Cellar Door Sessions, Sony BMG Legacy
  • Miles Davis, 'Round Midnight-Legacy Edition, Sony BMG Legacy
  • Rory Gallagher, Big Guns, Sony BMG Legacy


Jim Santella

New Releases
  • Don Ellis, Don Ellis at Filmore, Wounded Bird
  • Joe Lovano, Joyous Encounter, Blue Note
  • Jessica Williams, Live at Yoshi's, Volume Two, MaxJazz
  • Clayton-Hamilton Orch., Live at MCG, MCG
  • Greg Osby, Channel Three, Blue Note
  • Jimmy Thackery, Healin' Ground, Telarc Blues
  • Bireli Lagrene, Move, Dreyfus
  • Connie Evingson, Gypsy in My Soul, Minnehaha
  • Brad Dutz, Nine Gardeners Named Ned, pfMENTUM
  • Dan Cray, Save Us!, Blujazz


John Eyles

New Releases
  • Stan Tracey & Evan Parker Crevulations, Psi
  • James Blood Ulmer, Birthright, Hyena
  • David S Ware, Live in the World, Thirsty Ear
  • Joe Giardullo, No Work Today: Nine for Steve Lacy, Drimala
  • Louis Moholo-Moholo, Stan Tracey Khumbula, Remember, Ogun
  • Oren Marshall, Introduction to the story of Speedy Sponda. Part One: In a silent room, Slowfoot
  • Jim McAuley, Gongfarmer18, Nine Winds
  • Anthony Braxton Quintet, London 2004 Live at the Royal Festival Hall, Leo Records
  • Free Base, The Ins and Outs, Emanem
  • Bill Frisell, Richter 858, Songlines


Reissues, Historical Releases
  • Moondog, The Viking of 6th Avenue, Honest Jon's


Marc Meyers

New Releases
  • SF Jazz Collective, The Inaugural Season 2004, Self-published
  • Samo Salamon, Ela's Dream, Splasc(H)
  • Fred Hersch, Leaves Of Grass, Palmetto
  • Wayne Shorter, Beyond The Sound Barrier, Verve
  • Bud Shank, Phil Woods, Bouncing With Bud And Phil, Capri
  • Drew Gress, 7 Black Butterflies, Premonition
  • Sonny Rollins, Without A Song, Milestone


Reissues, Historical Releases
  • John Coltrane, One Down, One Up: Live At The Half Note, Impulse
  • Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall, Blue Note
  • Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945, Uptown
  • Pat Metheny, Ornette Coleman, Song X, Geffen
  • Jazz Crusaders, Complete Pacific Jazz Studio Quintet Sessions, Mosaic
  • Blue Mitchell, The Thing To Do, Blue Note


Mark Corroto

New Releases
  • Evan Parker, With Birds, Treader
  • Jeff Parker, The Relatives, Thrill Jockey
  • Joshua Redman, Momentum, Nonesuch
  • Alexander von Schlippenbach, Monk's Casino, Intakt
  • Dave Douglas, Keystone, Greenleaf
  • Jenny Scheinmann, 12 Songs, Cryptogramophone
  • James Finn, Plaza de Toros, Clean Feed
  • Gerry Hemingway Quartet, The Whimbler, Clean Feed
  • Steve Lehman, Demian As Posthuman, Pi
  • Ben Monder, Oceana, Sunnyside
  • Bebo Valdez, Cigala, Blanco Y Negro, Bebo & Cigala, RCA, (CD/DVD)


Reissues, Historical Releases
  • Ike Quebec, Complete Blue Note 45 Sessions, Blue Note
  • Dizzy Gillespie, Town Hall, NYC, June 22, 1945, Uptown
  • Bill Evans, Complete Village Vanguard Recordings: 1961, Riverside
  • Herbie Hancock, Inventions And Dimensions, Blue Note


Mark F. Turner

New Releases
  • Dafnis Prieto, About the Monks, Zoho
  • Enrico Pieranunzi, Paul Motian, Doorways, CamJazz
  • Ravi Coltrane, In Flux, Savoy
  • Drew Gress, 7 Black Butterflies, Premonition
  • Myron Walden, This Way, Fresh Sound New Talent
  • JC Hopkins Biggish Band, Underneath a Brooklyn Moon, Tigerlily Records
  • The Susan Weinert Band, Running Out of Time, Tough Tone Records
  • Cuong Vu, It's Mostly Residual, ArtistShare
  • New Talent Jazz Orchestra, The Sound Of New York Jazz Underground, Fresh Sound New Talent


Reissues, Historical Releases
  • Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall, Blue Note


Michael P. Gladstone

New Releases
  • Steve Heckman Quartet, Live at Yoshi's, World City
  • Dave Holland Big Band, Overtime
  • Keith Jarrett, The Out of Towners, ECM
  • Branford Marsalis, Eternal, Marsalis Music
  • Mark Masters Ensemble, Porgy & Bess Redefined!
  • Grachan Moncur III Octet, Exploration
  • Sonny Rollins, Without A Song The 9/11 Concert, Milestone
  • SFJazz Collective, SFJazz Collective, Nonesuch


Reissues, Historical Releases
  • Wes Montgomery, Smokin' at the Half Note, Verve
  • Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall, Blue Note


Paul Olson

New Releases
  • Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings, Other Stories (Three Suites), 482 Music
  • Vijay Iyer, Reimagining, Savoy
  • Tom Christensen, New York School, Playscape Recordings
  • Drew Gress, 7 Black Butterflies, Premonition
  • Mat Maneri, Pentagon, Thirsty Ear
  • Dave Douglas, Keystone, Greenleaf Music
  • Cuong Vu, It's Mostly Residual, ArtistShare
  • Ben Monder, Oceana, Sunnyside
  • Claudia Quintet, Semi-Formal, Cuneiform
  • Paraphrase, Pre-emptive Denial, Screwgun


Reissues, Historical Releases
  • Pat Metheny, Song X, Nonesuch
  • George Russell, The Complete Bluebird Recordings, Lone Hill Jazz


Phil DiPietro

New Releases
  • Ben Monder, Oceana, Sunnyside Records
  • Fieldwork, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman and Elliott Humberto Kavee, Simulated Progress, Pi Recordings
  • Mat Maneri, Pentagon, Thirsty Ear Recordings
  • Janek Gwizdala, Mystery to Me, Live in New York, Self-released
  • Avishai Cohen, At Home, Razdaz, Self-released
  • Nelson Cascais, Nine Stories, Tone of a Pitch Records
  • Sebastiaan Cornelissen with Gary Willis, Lale Larson, Timeline, Self-released
  • Tim Berne, with Craig Taborn and Tom Rainey, Hardcell Live, Screwgun Records
  • Claudia Quintet, John Hollenbeck, Semi-Formal, Cuneiform
  • Marc Ducret, Bruno Chevillon, Eric Echampard, lânnexe, Self-released


Reissues, Historical Releases
  • Miles Davis, The Complete Cellar Door Sessions, Sony BMG Legacy
  • Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall, Blue Note

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