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July list by Donalee Jacobs

BADBADNOTGOOD returns with their most impressive and highly anticipated project yet. It continues their forward-thinking progression, sounding something like a jam session between Can, Herbie Hancock, and MF DOOM.

Soul Eyes
Soul EyesKandace springs

Singer-pianist Kandace Springs' debut album channels such jazz influences as Norah Jones, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone while incorporating elements of soul and pop. It also reflects her Nashville upbringing.

True Stories
True Storiesthe rippingtons

The Rippingtons celebrate thirty years of making music by releasing a brand new album. Rejoining the band for this milestone is saxophonist Brandon Fields, who performed with the band on their breakthrough album Moonlighting.

Dakar Suite
Dakar SuiteLeni Stern

One of New York’s most innovative musical creators has delivered her tour de force, at once a summing up of a 20-year global musical adventure, and a glimpse of the music of the future..

French Fries & Champagne
French Fries & Champagnethe hot sardines

The Hot Sardines illustrate the duality of their ethos: a hot jazzy mix of foot-stompin' blues on one side, and on the other, string-filled elegance with lush orchestral ballads.

Greetings From Bunezuela!
Greetings From Bunezuela!bun e. carlos

Cheap Trick drummer and 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bun E. Carlos releases his debut solo album. He delivers his own version of songs that can be found deep in his own personal record collection.

In Search Of Better Days
In Search Of Better DaysIncognito

The seventeenth album from Incognito is a joyful mix of soul, jazz, and funk. It includes special appearances from Maysa, Hotei Tomoyasu, and Jamiroquai's bass ace Stuart Zender.

Leftmonkey house

Monkey House is the creation of Don Breithaupt. Left is their fifth album, and the follow-up to their 2012 album, Headquarters. It features a slew of great players including Jay Graydon, guitar ace Elliott Randall, saxophonist Donnie McCaslin, Kim Mitchell, Drew Zingg and Michael Leonhart. 

Leslie Odom Jr.
Leslie Odom Jr.Leslie Odom jr.

Night after night, Leslie Odom, Jr. has captured the attention of theatre audiences with his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the hit musical Hamilton. Now the Grammy winner releases his debut solo album..

The Royal Gospel
The Royal Gospelroyal southern brotherhood

The acclaimed US soul-blues collective, Royal Southern Brotherhood return with The Royal Gospel: the fifth album in their rocket-heeled rise and further proof of a lineup born to play together.

Upward Spiral
Upward SpiralBranford marsalis Quartet & kurt elling

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis and leading jazz vocalist Kurt Elling collaborate on a full album for the first time. Included are songs made famous by a broad range of artists including Nat King Cole, Abbey Lincoln, Sting, and more.

Last Days Of Oakland
Last Days Of Oaklandfantastic negrito

The debut album from slide guitarist Fantastic Negrito, aka Xavier Dphrepaulezz, features a raw blend of gospel, blues, roots and jazz.