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June list by Donalee Jacobs
American Tunes
American Tunesallen toussaint

Nonesuch releases a new studio album by legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint, completed before his passing last November. Recording took place at two sets of sessions with producer Joe Henry: solo piano at Toussaint's New Orleans home studio in 2013, and with the rhythm section of Jay Bellerose and David Piltch.

Blues And Ballads
Blues And BalladsBrad Mehldau trio

On their first new album since 2012, the Brad Mehldau Trio put their focus on ballads and blues songs including Since I Fell for You; These Foolish Things; and My Valentine.

A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey
A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Preyleyla mccalla

Through deeply felt originals and interpretations of traditional songs from Creole, Cajun, Haitian, American folk and jazz canons, Leyla Mccalla depicts a diverse American experience and her own struggles with and acceptance of her own identity.

Sound Of Red
Sound Of RedRene marie

Rene Marie breaks new ground with her first album of entirely self-penned originals. These richly personal songs explore the sweetest, saddest, brightest and darkest corners of human existence and seem destined for cross-over success.

Take Me To The Alley
Take Me To The AlleyGregory porter

An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter solidifies his standing as his generation's most soulful jazz singer-songwriter with the release of his much-anticipated follow-up to 2013's Liquid Spirit.

Voyage
Voyagesugar blue

First studio recording from Grammy award winning harmonica virtuoso Sugar Blue in over five years. It is full of what makes Sugar Blue and his band so special; passionate writing, tight arrangements, and out of this world harmonica.

Trilogy
Trilogyana popovic

Popovic's latest is a triple release of three all new albums featuring jazz, funk and blues and guest appearances by Joe Bonamassa, Bernard Purdie and rapper Al Capone.

Everything's Beautiful
Everything's Beautifulmiles davis & robert glasper

The recordings of Miles Davis are reimagined by Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper with guest artists including Bilal, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, and more.

The Unity Sessions
The Unity SessionsPat metheny

Taken from a filmed performance, this live album features thirteen songs written by Pat Metheny, one he co-wrote with Ornette Coleman, and one well known standard by Ray Noble.

Spark
Sparkhiromi

Showcases the thrilling sound of Hiromi's Trio Project with her most sweeping and emotionally overflowing set of music to date. The pianist finds her own spark in her interaction with collaborators Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips.

The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald
The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgeraldjane monheit

Jane Monheit's latest features her contemporary interpretation of selections from Ella Fitzgerald's songbook including Where Or When and I've Got You Under My Skin.

Otis Was A Polar Bear
Otis Was A Polar Bearallison miller

The latest from jazz drummer and composer Allison Miller and her band Boom Tic Boom includes songs such as Fuster; Slow Jam; Shimmer; and collaborations with violinist Jenny Scheinman and clarinetist Ben Goldberg.

Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
Golden State Lone Star Blues Revuemark hummel

Fourteen tracks from the blues supergroup made up of Grammy-nominated harp ace Mark Hummel and guitar legends Little Charlie Baty and Anson Funderburgh.