By Dan McQuade
By Brian McManus
By Hilary Hughes
By Jena Ardell
By Brian McManus
By Chaz Kangas
By Sound of the City
By Peter Gerstenzang
Matt Wilson Quartet
That's Gonna Leave a Mark | Palmetto
Andrew D'Angelo lives and, after a brutal illness, is back, as fierce as ever, facing his alto sax off against Jeff Lederer's tenor. No postbop niceties this time. The drummer has to raise his game just to keep up—and he does. A MINUS
Alhambra Love Songs | Tzadik
A composer's album, like recent work attributed to Bach or Brahms, or, more to the point, like Zorn's own voluminous Filmworks—simple and elegant pieces for a Rob Burger piano trio. In fact, several pieces are dedicated to filmmakers, although the opening Vince Guaraldi dedication frames Zorn's ambitions: popular, as in accessible—not pop, never schmaltz. A MINUS
Never Forgotten, Always Remembered | Clean Feed
Sten Sandell's organ doesn't trip up the free rhythm, and Magnus Broo's trumpet burns bright.
AORTA Ensemble | Kopasetic
Swedish-American merger: double sax, double bass, double drums, whole lotta guitar.
Anthony Braxton/Maral Yakshieva
Improvisations (Duo)  | SoLyd
Two disc-long sax-piano improvs, the master taking it easy through the paces.
Timucin Sahin Quartet
Bafa | Between the Lines
Turkish guitarist weaves his way in and around a risk-taking John O'Gallagher sax trio.
The Way of the World | Anti-
A cool little cluster of perpetual inquisitiveness thinks up modest proposals and turns out all right.
The Nice Guy Trio
Here Comes . . . the Nice Guy Trio | Porto Franco
Mingus meets Weill and other discreet pleasures, mostly trumpet-accordion-bass, with occasional guests.
Motion Trio | European Echoes
His usual sax tour de force, running circles around cello and drums.
Carnivore | Morphius
Punk-fusion quintet, softened with bass clarinet and fuzz guitar.
Modern Life | Posi-Tone
With Harry Allen, a debonair throwback to the 1940s, when modernity meant something.
Many Worlds | 482 Music
Bouncing, blinking leptons, dancing clusters of taus, discordance that surely can't be mere chaos.
Ben Stapp Trio
Ecstasis | Uqbar
Tony Malaby's tenor sax runs roughshod, but his soprano is the perfect foil for the leader's tuba.
Where We Are Now | SteepleChase
The new standard postbop quintet, guitar vying with piano in lieu of a second horn, and tenor sax still in charge.
The New Jazz Composers Octet
The Turning Gate | Motema Music
Postbop composers scratching each other's back, bolstered by enough horns to keep everyone flying.
Snapshot | High Note
Regroups the original trio he made his rep with, grinding with grooveful guitarist Paul Bollenback.
Linda Oh Trio
Entry | Linda Oh Music
Bassist-led, balanced sound and structure, with Ambrose Akinmusire's trumpet for ear candy.
The Epidemic of Ideas | Thirsty Ear
Rebel souls from Chicago awash with ideas, mostly of the postrock/freebop sort.
Three for All | Savant
More tenor talk—simply put, as usual.
David S. Ware
Saturnian | AUM Fidelity
The inevitable solo tenor sax-stritch-saxello album, practice as slow-motion performance.
Deep Night | Gaucho
San Francisco gypsies roast Django-fied oldies in their hot club.
Intuitivo | Innova
String music, a quartet with bass instead of cello, alongside some clarinet and percussion.
Breathing | Smalls
Soft-touch drummer hosts friends for eclectic postbop exercises.
Strange Cousin | Evergreene Music
Cosmopolitan hillbilly music, a Don Cherry passport stamped with Balkan accents.
Mellow | High Note
God blesses the tenor saxophonist who's got his own.
Dedicated | Posi-Tone
Solo tenor sax is the purest voice in jazz, as this one proves with the help of a first-rate mainstream band.
Don't Touch My Music, Vol. II | Not Two
A second helping, a bit sloppier and rowdier than the first.
Dom Minasi String Quartet
Dissonance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder | Konnex
Guitar-violin-cello-bass, close enough for cranky avant-chamber music.
The Dark | Origin
Sax-trumpet-piano trio, faint figures unmoved by rhythm. C PLUS
Backatown | Verve Forecast
New Orleans horn line tricked up with synth beats, and bogged down with guest vocals and a stab at grunge. C PLUS