Emily Estefan, "Take Whatever You Want" (Alien Shrimp Records)
She arrives with a last name beloved in the music world and dangerously treads in the same footsteps as her parents, who have 26 Grammy Awards combined. And yet Emily Estefan manages to make an impressive splash on her debut album.
The 22-year-old daughter of pop superstar Gloria and Emilio Estefan's "Take Whatever You Want" is a 14-song shimmering, jazz-influenced beauty she wrote, performed on and produced.
The Bad Plus, "It's Hard" (Okeh Records/Sony Music Masterworks)
After focusing mostly on original music on their last four albums, The Bad Plus goes back to their roots on "It's Hard" with an album of distinctly original covers that recast an eclectic mix of rock and pop tunes in a modern jazz framework.