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Half-way through the year, my favourite jazz CDs so far / Ottawa Citizen

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With The Thompson Fields, composer, arranger and bandleader Maria Schneider celebrates a long-awaited reunion with her vaunted jazz orchestra, a homecoming nearly a decade in the making.  Featuring eight new original works by the leader, The Thompson Fields makes brilliant use of Schneider's 18-piece jazz orchestra, a long-standing ensemble that spotlights such first rank players as Donny McCaslin, Rich Perry, Frank Kimbrough and Lage Lund.  The performances reveal an ever-deepening relationship between Schneider and her musicians, many of whom she has worked with over a quarter of a century.  The album follows a momentous year that found Schneider's recent album Winter Morning Walks garnering three wins in the classical category of the 2014 GRAMMY Awards, making her one of the rare musicians to win GRAMMYs in both the jazz and classical categories. The CD is powered by ArtistShare andavailable exclusively at MariaSchneider.com.

Waiting to board his flight, the Ottawa Citizen's Peter Humm came up with this list.  

David Berkman - Old and New Friends (Palmetto Jazz)
David Cook - Scenic Design (Brooklyn Jazz Underground)
Chris Dingman - The Subliminal and the Sublime (Inner Arts)
Dave Douglas - High Risk (Greenleaf Music)
Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet - Family First (Beat Muisc)
Albert "Tootie" Heath - Philadelphia Beat (Sunnyside)
John Hollenbeck - Songs We Like A Lot (Sunnyside)
Vijay Iyer Trio - Break Stuff (ECM)
Keith Jarrett - Creation (ECM)
Steve Kaldestad - New York Afternoon (Cellar Live)
Chris Lightcap & Big Mouth - Epicenter (clean feed)
Rudresh Mahanthappa - Bird Calls (ACT)
Maria Schneider Orchestra - The Thompson Fields (Artistshare)
David Smith - Impetus (Brooklyn Jazz Underground)
Kenny Werner Trio - The Melody (Pirouet)

And to think, there will be another six months' worth of CDs to consider before Peter pulls together that last-word list on the best jazz discs of 2015.     SEE THE Ottawa Citizen PAGE