This Weather Honest (independent)
Torbert's first release under his own name sends listeners on an improvisatory trip down the open roads of jazz and folk, bringing a stellar cast of Halifax's new guard of jazz players along as he makes serious headway on his compositional path.
Easley Stevenson Arsenault
Nine Steps (Superhigh)
This top-notch trio of the east coast's finest musicians has produced a solid collection of original and totally spirited blues-rooted jazz tunes (plus one beautiful Dylan cover).
Darcy James Argue
Secret Society Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam)
NYC's dynamic 18-piece steampunk big-band churns out seven original masterpieces that meld rock, classical and orchestral jazz on their debut studio recording.
Machine Dreams (Peacefrog)
Swedish avant-guard pop quartet take the cult throne in the retro-synth kindom. Singer Yukimi Nagario's wispy croon ventures into a new frontier of electro-experimentalism, reviving the windswept atmospherics coined by Depeche Mode and Cocteau Twins.