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February list by Donalee Jacobs
Heart Songs
Heart Songstommy emmanuel & john knowles

On Heart Songs two of the world's greatest guitarists, Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles combine their distinctive styles for a collection of love songs, with Knowles generally creating sophisticated but compelling foundations over which Emmanuel's guitar soars in astonishing yet always musical flights.

Church Of The Blues
Church Of The Blueswatermelon slim

A stunning mix of authentic new blues recordings, seven Watermelon Slim-penned original songs along with seven soon-to-be classic tributes to past masters, such as Muddy Waters and Fred McDowell. This time around, Slim brings along some of his favorite blues artists: Bob Margolin (guitarist for Muddy Waters 1973-80), John Nemeth, Nick Schnebelen, Albert Castiglia, Joe Louis Walker and Sherman Holmes (Holmes Brothers)

One Night Only
One Night Onlygregory porter

Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, one of the world's most prestigious venues, this captures two-time Grammy Award winner Gregory Porter in a stunning live performance with accompaniment from the London Studio Orchestra

Trio Tapestry
Trio TapestryJoe Lovano

The great saxophonist Joe Lovano has appeared on a number of ECM recordings over the last four decades, including much-loved albums with Paul Motian, Steve Kuhn and John Abercrombie. Trio Tapestry is his first as a leader for the label. The trio includes pianist Marilyn Crispell and drummer Carmen Castaldi, and focuses on the interplay of instruments and harmony.

Survivor Blues
Survivor Blueswalter trout

Walter Trout is no ordinary artist. Survivor Blues is no ordinary covers album. Rather than covering classics blues hits, the album features little known songs from the past. 

Silences
SilencesAdia Victoria

Two years after the release of her critically-acclaimed debut, Beyond the Bloodhounds, Nashville-based modern blues woman Adia Victoria returns with Silences. The album was recorded with Aaron Dessner (The National) at his studio in upstate New York. Throughout the album's twelve tracks, Victoria highlights all the elements that consume the day-to-day lives of women attempting to make a world of their own.  

Signs
Signstedeschi trucks band

Led by the husband-and-wife duo of guitar master Derek Trucks and singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi, the twelve-piece ensemble returns to follow up their Billboard Top Ten debut Let Me Get By with an eleven- track album produced by Derek and Jim Scott. 

Coney Island Baby
Coney Island Babyeden & john's east river string band

The first record released by the old-time acoustic blues/country/pop group East River String Band since 2013's Take A Look At That Baby. It feature's ex-Cheap Suit Serenader and underground comic legend Robert Crumb on mandolin, banjo and Ukulele. 

Joys And Solitudes
Joys And Solitudesyonathan avishai trio

Israeli-French pianist Yonathan Avishai has spent the last five years developing his new trio, with Paris-based Israeli bassist Yoni Zelnik and Donald Kontomanou, French drummer of Guinean and Greek heritage. Sometimes known as the Modern Times Trio, the album includes Duke Ellington's Mood Indigo and a number of original pieces. 

Perception
PerceptionChuck deardorf

Veteran Seattle bassist Chuck Deardorf brings together longtime musical friends and compatriots for this album, filled with spontaneous interaction, gritty grooves and melodic beauty. With the quartet of pianist Dawn Clement, drummer Matt Wilson and saxophonist Hans Teuber, Deardorf explores deep and seldom-heard compositions by Kenny Barron, Keith Jarrett and Monk.