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June list by Donalee Jacobs
Just Funkin' Around
Just Funkin' Aroundpieces of a dream

A funky, joyful musical celebration, filled with melodic grooves that have made Pieces of a Dream fan favorites. The ten originals that run the gamut from in-the-pocket R&B to sensuous smooth jazz jams show Pieces of a Dream are at the top of their game.

You & I
You & Iala.ni

British-born, Paris-based vocalist ALA.NI arrives with a voice that seems to take in the cadences of musical history, and an idiosyncratic creative approach to conveying her music. Her vocal stylings have been compared to Billie Holiday, Minnie Ripperton, Lena Horne, Judy Garland or Julee Cruise, but this is no nostalgia trip and to make these simple comparisons would be, as Glamour noted 'a disservice because the thing about this West London-born singer is that she is totally unique.'

Le Liaisons Dangereuses - 1960
Le Liaisons Dangereuses - 1960thelonius monk

The only soundtrack recorded by Thelonious Monk in 1959 to be released for the first time as a 2CD set! Contains performances of classic Monk tunes heard in Roger Vadim's 1960 French film Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Features Monk's 1959 all-star band of Charlie Rouse, Sam Jones & Art Taylor, plus special guest saxophonist Barney Wilen.

Truth, Liberty & Soul
Truth, Liberty & Souljaco pastorius

Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recording capturing Jaco Pastorius leading a 22-piece big band on June 27, 1982 at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC as part of George Wein's Kool Jazz Festival. 

The Dreamer Is The Dream
The Dreamer Is The Dreamchris potter quartet

For his third ECM release as a leader, Chris Potter presents a new acoustic quartet that naturally blends melodic rhapsody with rhythmic muscle. The group includes keyboardist David Virelles, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Marcus Gilmore, who each shine in addition to the leader.

Deep As The Night
Deep As The Nightspecial efx

A robust well rounded album that sports many of the core band member over the years and introduces some fresh new faces to the mix; Nicholas Cole and Elan Trotman.

Desire
Desirelauren mitchell

Through a bold mix of her own original material and covers of tunes originally performed by Etta James, Bettye Lavette, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, and Betty Davis, Mitchell tells a blues story that's been a lifetime in the making. 

Hudson
HudsonHudson

Four of the world's top instrumentalists unite to form a supergroup. The artist came together to celebrate music legend Jack DeJohnette's 75th birthday. 

Love Is A Battlefield
Love Is A Battlefieldmaysa

Features Maysa's reimagining of the songs that have inspired her throughout her lifetime. She digs deep to deliver the soulful, jazz-inflected performances the world has come to love. 

Seven Secrets
Seven Secretslarry coryell's 11th house

The late guitarist Coryell assembled 11th House founding members Randy Brecker (trumpet), long-timer John Lee (bass), the addition of son Julian (guitar) and the late Alphonse Mouzon (drums) to bring the rock and funk back to jazz again with a batch of powerhouse tracks. The album is truly a group effort with Coryell relying on each member to contribute compositions to the new album (much like he did back in the 70s).

Small Town
Small Townbill frizell & thomas morgan

Guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan present a program of duets, the poetic chemistry of their playing captured live at New York's hallowed Village Vanguard. The duo pays homage to jazz elder Lee Konitz with his Subconscious Lee, and there are several country/blues-accented Frisell originals, including the hauntingly melodic title track. The duo caps the set with an inimitable treatment of John Barry's famous James Bond theme Goldfinger. 

Live At The Checkerboard Lounge 1981
Live At The Checkerboard Lounge 1981muddy waters & The rolling stones

This live performance, previously released on DVD, is now being released as standalone CD for the first time. Checkerboard Lounge: Live In Chicago 1981 captures a very special night in the middle of the Stones mammoth 1981 US tour when the band turned up on their night off at Buddy Guy's Checkerboard Lounge blues club in Chicago where Muddy Waters was playing. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart all joined in the performance for a truly memorable night.