1 James Carter Caribbean Rhapsody (Emarcy): This is Carter's first masterpiece in what's shaping up to be a hall of fame jazz career.
2 Christian Scott, David Sanchez & Stefon Harris Ninety Miles (Concord): For serious acoustic jazz lovers this is the equivalent of comfort food.
3 The James Carter Organ Trio At the Crossroads (Emarcy): What a grand way to celebrate the trio's 10th anniversary with a blues- and gospel-tinged outing.
4 Christian McBride Conversations with Christian (Mack Avenue): The greatest jazz bassist of his generation having some one on one time with many of his favorite musicians.
5 Michel Camilo Mano a Mano (Emarcy): The jazz pianist served up the tastiest version of Lee Morgan's classic "Sidewinder" I've ever consumed.
6 Rene Marie Voice of My Beautiful Country (Motema): Gave me my first eargasm.
7 Rahsaan Barber Everyday Magic (Jazz Music City): This glorious album is proof Tennessee is still creating top jazz sax players a la Sonny Criss, Hank Crawford, and Frank Strozier.
8 Rez Abbasi Invocation (Enja): A killer jazz album from a not-so-well known jazz guitarist with Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa riding shotgun.
9 Robert Hurst Unrehurst, Volume 2 (Bebob Records): Could serve as a template for future generations of how a jazz trio should sound.
10 Noah Jackson Contemplations: A Suite (self-released): Jackson's senior recital project when he was a student at Michigan State University, with all the polish and seriousness of a major label release.