Maria Schneider - Sky Blue. Everything is superlative.
Chris Potter 10 - Song for Anyone. I love the writing, the orchestration is brilliant, and Chris' playing always moves me.
Donny McCaslin - Soar. Not a new release, but I just picked it up this past year. Great textures - his use of the voice in his arrangements especially.
Jim Gailloreto - Jazz String Quintet. Again, not a new release but a wonderful project by a great saxophone player (and good friend...hey Jim, how's Smoke Daddy's?).
James Falzone - The Sign and the Thing Signified. Nepotism again, James is a dear old friend. Incredible Clarinet playing and composition.
Joe Lovano - Streams of Expression. One word - Aulochrome!! (Also, Kids, w/Hank Jones is killer too...)
John Hollenbeck - Joys and Desires. I got my first big exposure to Hollenbeck last year at IAJE. KILLIN'!!
Michael Brecker - Pilgrimage. I'll always feel a tinge of sadness whenever I'm at IAJE from now on...
Not a definitive list, but these are some of the ones that stand out for me. Happy New Year to all.