Mary Halvorson – Away With You. The new album from guitar goddess Halvorson does not disappoint, featuring more of her knotty, exploratory compositions for an ever-growing ensemble. Her group is now augmented by another guitarist, Susan Alcorn on pedal steel, and the interplay between the two guitars is a real highlight.
Lester Bowie – I Only Have Eyes For You. The first and probably best album by Bowie’s Brass Fantasy group, lively, fresh and inventive.
Steve Lacy – Morning Joy. A crackling 1986 live recording from the late, great Lacy, whose quartet was one of the best working jazz bands of the 1980s and 1990s.
Maria Schneider Orchestra – Evanescence. Lovely large ensemble work from the present-day heir of Gil Evans.
Art Farmer & Benny Golson – Meet The Jazztet. One of the greatest hard bop recordings ever, from a group that is often and unfairly overlooked.