The most anticipated recordings in the fall jazz season:
Danilo Perez: "Providencia" (Mack Ave-nue Records; newly released). The great Panamanian pianist, who long has based his career in the United States, partners with an international cast in his debut on Mack Avenue Records.
Vijay Iyer: "Solo" (ACT Music; newly released). Pianist Iyer galvanized listeners with his two previous ensemble recordings: "Histo-ricity" (2009) and "Tragicomic" (2008). This time, he ventures into the treacherous solo arena.
Chucho Valdes: "Chucho's Steps" (Four Quarters Entertainment; newly released). A virtuoso of the highest order, Valdes leads his Afro-Cuban Messengers in paying homage to everyone from Jelly Roll Morton to Joe Zawinul to the Marsalis family.
Miles Davis: "The Genius of Miles Davis" (Sony; Sept. 14). At $1,199.99, this boxed set of 43 discs will be of interest to the most hardcore (and deep-pocketed) Davis fans.
Geof Bradfield: "African Flowers" Suite (Origin Records; Sept. 21). The saxophonist toured Africa in pianist Ryan Cohan's band and articulates the experience in this extended work.
Greg Ward: "South Side Story" (19/8 Records; Sept. 28). Former Chicago saxophonist-composer Ward makes his recording debut as bandleader, with Fitted Shards ensemble.
Rudresh Mahanthappa: "Apex" (Pi Recordings; Sept. 28). In the last few years, Mahanthappa has achieved breakthroughs in applying South Indian cultural traditions to jazz (or vice versa). For this release, the alto saxophonist has gathered several formidable players, most notably alto saxophonist Bunky Green, plus pianist Jason Moran, bassist Francois Moutin and drummers Jack DeJohnette and Damion Reid.
Frank Sinatra: "Concert Collection" (Shout! Factory; Nov. 2). This seven-DVD set will include classic shows, aired from the 1950s to the '80s, and never-before-released performances. Among the gems: the "A Man and His Music" series (with guests Ella Fitzgerald and Antonio Carlos Jobim) and "Sinatra: The Main Event."
Cassandra Wilson: "Silver Pony" (Blue Note Records; Nov. 9). She's arguably the world's leading jazz vocalist — as well as one of the most original. For her newest recording, Wilson alternates standards such as "Lover Come Back to Me" and "St. James Infirmary" with originals such as "A Night in Seville" and "Silver Moon." Guest artists include rapper Common and singer-songwriter John Legend.
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