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Ken Franckling · Dec 9th

The 10 best new jazz releases:

  1. Andy Bey, “American Song” (Savoy Jazz)
  2. Jon Mayer, “The Classics” (Reservoir Music)
  3. Diana Krall, “The Girl in the Other Room” (Verve)
  4. Lynne Arriale Trio, “Come Together” (Motema Music)
  5. Marcus Miller, Michel Petrucciani, “Dreyfus Night in Paris” (Dreyfus Jazz)
  6. Denny Zeitlin, “Slick Rock” (MAXJAZZ)
  7. Tierney Sutton, “Dancing in the Dark” (Telarc Jazz)
  8. Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen, “Heavy Juice” (Concord Jazz)
  9. Stefon Harris and Blackout, “Evolution” (Blue Note)
  10. Maria Schneider Orchestra, “Concert in the Garden” (artistShare/mariaschneider.com)

The best jazz boxed sets or reissues:

  1. Dave Brubeck, “For All Time” (Columbia Legacy)
  2. Bill Evans, “You Must Believe in Spring” (Warner Bros. Jazz Masters)
  3. Dexter Gordon, “The Complete Prestige Recordings” (Prestige)
  4. Miles Davis, “Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis, 1963-1964” (Columbia Legacy)
  5. Various artists, “Happy Birthday Newport: 50 Swinging Years!” (Columbia Legacy)

The five biggest surprises:

  1. Dan Cray, “no One” (Blujazz)
  2. Keith Javors, “Mo’ City Jungle” (Zoho)
  3. Matthias Lupri, “Traansition Sonic” (Summit Records)
  4. Fred Randolph, “Learning Curve” (Creative Spirit Records)
  5. Katahdin’s Edge, “Step Away” (Incline Records)

Ken Franckling, JJA Jazz Notes’ “Jazz Gumbo” columnist, is a contributing writer and photographer for many publications, including Jazziz, JazzImprov, HotHouse and the New York edition of All About Jazz.

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