J.C. Sanford Orchestra (pictured above) - View From the Inside - Whirlwind Recordings)
TUM Records - features Henry Threadgill, John Lindberg and Jack DeJohnette (above left).
HiPNOTIC Records - This could easily have been at the top - the music and the concept are so fresh.
Inner Circle Records - Co-produced by Lionel Loueke, also chosen as my best vocal album of the year. Her show at The Side Door Jazz Club earlier this year was a knock-out.
Pi Recordings - stunning music from an ensemble that includes ETHEL, trumpeter Amir ElSaffir and the great vocal work of Mili Bermejo.
Motema Music - Also my choice for Latin Jazz album of 2014.
Creative Nation Music - Brilliant arrangements of truly classic works by Stravinsky and Messien for the guitarist's top-notch quintet. (For the Top 10, I only listed "The Rite..." but both are excellent.)
Posi-Tone Records - Soulful, bluesy, creative and exciting, Mr. Evans struck it rich this year with this ensemble plus his work with Tarbaby.
Little Sky Records - Going back to this CD, I realize just his fresh this guitarist's music is - could easily be higher in the list.
BJU Records - The music created by this bassist for his debut (!) is quite mature and great fun.
My picks for Historical Albums and/or Reissues include Charles Lloyd – Manhattan Stories (Resonance Records), Jimmy Guiffre 3 & 4 – New York Concerts (Elemental Music) and Charlie Haden/Jim Hall – Live 1990 (Impulse Records).