EIGHT hours of newly released straight up jazz albums. Shuffle it! : Brian Bromberg . Jim Rotondi . Kenny Barron Trio . Ken Peplowski . Herlin Riley . Dr. Lonnie Smith . Three’s Company . Willie Jones III . . .

Brian Bromberg – Full Circle

From New Orleans to Michael Jackson’s music. With Arturo Sandoval, Bob Sheppard, Kirk Whalum, Doug Webb, Randy Waldman, Mitch Forman, Otmaro Ruiz and Alex Acuña. On Mack Avenue

Jim Rotondi – Dark Blue

The veteran NY trumpeter teams up with David Hazeltine (p), Joe Locke (vb), David Wong (b) and Carl Allen (d). On Smoke Sessions Records

Kenny Barron Trio – Book Of Intuition

The ever young 72 years legend teams up with his regular associates : Kiyoshi Kitagawa on double-bass and Johnathan Blake on drums. On Impulse!

Ken Peplowski – Enrapture

Clarinetist/saxophonist Ken Peplowski with Ehud Asherie (p), Martin Wind (b) and Matt Wilson (d) revisits Barry Manilow, John Lennon and … Duke Ellington. On Capri Records

Herlin Riley – New Direction

New Orleans drummer plays with guitarist Mark Whitfield and cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez. On Mack Avenue

Dr. Lonnie Smith – Evolution

With Joe Lovano and Robert Glasper as guests. On Blue Note

Three’s Company – We’ll Be Together Again

Javon Jackson – Ron Carter – Billy Drummond. On Chesky Records

Willie Jones III – Groundwork

Dedicated to the late Cedar Walton, Ralph Penland, Mulgrew Miller and Dwayne Burno, influences on Jones who have passed in recent years.

Photo credit : Soft jazz – Maxime B

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