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June list by Donalee Jacobs
At The Blue Note
At The Blue Notekeith jarrett

This reissue of the classic Blue Note recordings by Keith Jarrett highlights the trio's importance in jazz. Jarrett and his mates freely interpret standards such as Autumn Leaves as When I Fall In Love, as well as some originals. 

At The Subway Club 1973
At The Subway Club 1973dexter gordon quartet

Elemental Music presents a complete previously unissued quartet performance by Dexter Gordon. This concert finds Gordon at the Subway jazz club in Köln, Germany, in September of 1973, playing along side Irv Rochlin on piano, Henk Haverhoek on bass, and Tony Inzalaco on drums. 

Begin Again
Begin Againfred hersch

Begin Again, Hersch's new Palmetto release featuring the Cologne-based WDR Big Band, arranged and conducted by six-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza, serves as both an expertly curated overview of the pianist's oeuvre and a singular new entry in his expansive discography. The album features nine of Hersch's original compositions, plucked from throughout his various projects and preferred formats, including one previously unrecorded piece. 

Bluesrory gallagher

The Gallagher estate presents this collection of rare and previously unreleased blues recordings by Rory Gallagher. The cover songs recorded between 1971 to 1994. 

DiaryRalph towner

Recorded in 1973, Ralph Towner's solo debut is now widely available on CD. It is an intimate album that features quiet reflection and outstanding compositions. 

Finding Gabriel
Finding Gabrielbrad mehldau

The album comprises nine thematically related songs by Mehldau and features performances by him on piano, synthesizers, percussion, and Fender Rhodes, as well as vocals. Guest musicians include Ambrose Akinmusire, Sara Caswell, Kurt Elling, Joel Frahm, Mark Guiliana, Gabriel Kahane and Becca Stevens, among others.

Kingfishchristone 'kingfish' ingram

Ingram is a twenty-year-old prodigy from Mississippi. His debut is packed with piercing guitar, husky, impassioned singing and potent songwriting. Ingram's mentor, Buddy Guy, makes a cameo on Fresh Out, four-time Grammy winner Keb Mo is featured on a track and plays on five more, and Chicago blues harp master Billy Branch appears on one.

The Little Things
The Little Thingscindy bradley

Cindy Bradley returns to the fore with her much anticipated new recording. Rejoining with Grammy winning producer Michael Broening, Bradley rekindles the magic that made her a staple in the smooth jazz arena and kicks things up a notch. It is a rollicking ride of moods and vibes that serve as the backdrop for her effervescent trumpet style.

Oklahomakeb' mo'

Keb' Mo' returns with his first solo record in five years. The new album features collaborations with Rosanne Cash and Robbie Brooks Moore. It includes the songs I Remember You and Cold Outside. 

On Another Note
On Another Notepieces of a dream

This is a funky, joyful musical celebration, filled with melodic grooves that have made them fan favorites. The ten originals that run the gamut from 'in the pocket' R&B to sensuous Smooth Jazz jams are proof that Pieces of a Dream are at the top of their game. Highlights include the funky Kickin' And Screamin' and the romantic ballad Smooth Dreams. 

Reckless Heart
Reckless Heartjoanne shaw taylor

The latest from Blues singer and guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor takes inspiration from Britain's Blues heritage and combines it with the heritage of her new home in Detroit.  

Songs Were Made To Sing
Songs Were Made To Singmary stallings

On this album, legendary jazz vocalist Mary Stallings presents a collection of classic songs. Although Stallings didn't write any of the lyrics, each song represents a chapter in her life and a piece of her soul. The vocalist puts her distinctive stamp on a diverse set of thirteen songs, using her gift for interpreting a lyric to transform familiar melodies into profoundly personal and captivating stories. 

Soul Of The King
Soul Of The Kingb. b. King Blues band

They might have an illustrious history, but The Soul Of The King reminds listeners that The B.B. King Blues Band are a lineup moving forward, writing a love-letter to their fallen leader while staking their own claim in the modern era.

Soulshakerrick vito

Slide master Rick Vito, known for his work with Fleetwood Mac, Bonnie Raitt and Boz Scaggs, presents a 12 song blues collection. The album highlights his incisive songwriting, soulful singing, and the slide guitar playing that Bonnie Raitt describes as sharp as a Cadillac tail fin. Songs include She's Just Too Fine and I Do Believe.

A Tip Of The Hat To Fats
A Tip Of The Hat To Fatsmitch woods

Swing pianist Mitch Woods live performance from the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The album is more than a live tribute to Fats Domino, it is a personal interpretation of Fats influence. It includes the classic Jambalaya.

The Traveler
The Travelerkenny wayne shepherd band

Along with a group of world-class musicians, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his band put forth an album of profound resonance. Eight of the songs were co-written by some of Nashville's most in-demand songwriters.  There are also covers of Mr. Soul and Turn To Stone.

Visionsmelissa aldana

On her first jazz quintet, saxophonist Melissa Aldana connects her work to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, creating a pathway for her own expression. Inspired by the life and works of Frida Kahlo, Aldana creates a parallel between her experiences as a female saxophonist in a male-dominated field and Kahlo's experiences as a female visual artist working to assert herself in a world dominated by men. The result is a transformative movement of expression and self-identity. 

You Can't Steal My Joy
You Can't Steal My Joyexra collective

Ezra Collective's incredible musicianship and spirited, inclusive approach to music, which draws on Afrobeat, hip-hop, grime, and more, has seen them break out beyond the burgeoning UK jazz scene. Songs include Red Whine and People Saved.