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January list by Donalee Jacobs
50: Just Warming Up
50: Just Warming UpLucky Peterson

American Blues legend and multi-instrumentalist Lucky Peterson is one of the most riveting performers of the modern blues era. A searing lead guitarist, a rich and powerful organist and a first-rate vocalist, Peterson's musicianship effortlessly translates gospel, rock and jazz into a 21st-century blues on tunes such as Pack It Up and The Blues Is Driving Me.

Burning Bright
Burning BrightLaura Cox

The new Blues-Rock album from French guitarist and vocalist Laura Cox seamlessly blends classic rock, blues and southern rock in songs such as Bad Luck Blues, Freaking Out Loud and Letters To The Otherside.

Dreamlife of Debris
Dreamlife of DebrisKit Downes

The album carries forward the story begun on Kit Downes's Obsidian. But where Obsidian was mostly a solo church organ album, part of Kit's plan for this project was to put the organ in a broader context, and also to bring the piano into the larger compositional picture.

Move On Up: The Songs of Curtis Mayfield
Move On Up: The Songs Of Curtis MayfieldVarious Artists

From socially conscious Street Funk, to heartfelt love songs - superb Soul penned by a Soul Music visionary with performances by Aretha Franklin, Patti Jo, The Staple Singers and more. 

Old New
Old NewTomeka Reid Quartet

Old New, the second album by cellist Tomeka Reid, exemplifies why she is quickly becoming a major player on the jazz scene. Crafting memorable tunes, brimming with arresting textures and melodies, Reid creates music palpably connected to the tradition while recasting those sounds to meet her own expressive needs.  

Prime Movers Blues Band
Prime Movers Blues BandPrime Movers Blues Band

Formed in the summer of 1965 by brothers Michael and Dan Erlewine, the band's dedication was the stuff of legend. Refusing to adopt a faux British invasion look and turning down an offer from Motown, they played their style of Chicago-inspired blues relentlessly around the Detroit area. The album includes Endless Blues, Yonder’s Wall and Rock Me Baby.

The Quartet
The QuartetGeorge Coleman

After two decades, saxophonist George Coleman has recorded a studio album with his longtime quartet. The album includes I Wish You Love and You’ve Changed. 

Rock 'n' Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry
Rock 'n' Roll: A Tribute To Chuck BerryMike Zito and Friends

Mike Zito gathers several friends, including Walter Trout, Joe Bonamassa and Robben Ford, to celebrate the music of Chuck Berry. Songs include St. Louis Blues, Havana Moon and many others.

Seiko Jazz 2
Seiko Jazz 2Seiko Matsuda

Japanese pop singer/songwriter Seiko Matsuda latest release is an album of classic jazz standards, including Over the Rainbow, The Way You Look Tonight and When I Fall In Love.

Three Crowns
Three CrownsMaciej Obara Quartete

The Polish-Norwegian quartet led by saxophonist Maciej Obara has been gaining traction in contemporary jazz with recent International award wins and critical acclaim here in the states. Their second album features Blue Skies For Andy and Glow.

Waiting Game
Waiting GameTerri Lyne Carrington & Social Science

Grammy Award-winning drummer and producer Terri Lyne Carrington formed her band, Social Science, to confront a wide spectrum of social justice issues. The band's debut double album expresses an inclusive and compassionate view of humanity's common bonds through an eclectic program melding jazz, R&B, classic and indie rock, free improvisation, hip-hop and contemporary classical music.