Paul Motian Band|Garden of Eden

A mix of bebop tunes, if Mingus counts as bebop, and originals. ‘Pithecanthropus Erectus’ is an easy swinging delight, while Mingus’ tribute to Lester Young ‘Goodbye Pork Pie Hat’ is may be the best version I’ve heard.

Mina Agossi | Well You Needn't

Mina Agossi must be considered one of the music’s most compelling voices. On this, her second album for Candid, she demonstrates her singular ability of taking a cover and making it completely her own.

Randy Brecker with Michael Brecker | Some Skunk Funk

Unfortunately, this otherwise predictable (but still enjoyable) Breckers run out may take on a significance for all the wrong reasons in that it was one of Michael’s last recordings before his medical condition rendered him too poorly to play.

Chick Corea | The Ultimate Adventure

The spirit of the original acoustic Return to Forever is writ large on these sessions, which despite the revolving cast of musicians on each track, were all recorded live at the Mad Hatter Studios in California with a minimum of overdubs. They reveal Corea’s love of Spanish and Latin rhythms which are far more explicit than the delicate Brazilian feel of the original band.

Zoë Rahman | Melting Point

Although, pianist Zoë Rahman’s debut The Cynic showed promise, the follow-up proves this artist has truly arrived. Since 2001, the pianist has played in Clark Tracey’s hard bop outfit and matured not only technically but conceptually. Mostly played as a trio with woody-toned bassist Oli Hayhurst and drum whiz Gene Calderazzo, Melting Pot brims with top-notch composition, interaction and soloing.

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