Richie Cole w/Brass -- Kush (Heads Up): Cole has duetted with many fellow saxophonists, including mentor Phil Woods, since his boiling dialogues with Jim Mosher in Buddy Rich's band 25 years ago. He still boils -- even more interestingly -- with Paquito D'Rivera in the throbbing, caravan atmosphere of ''Kush,'' title track of his apt tribute to Dizzy Gillespie's music. Other deft soloists join in on the waves, cushions, and trampolines of brass provided by arranger Bob Belden. Switch to lacy guitars, melodic drums before ''Manteca'' blazes.
Benny Golson Quartet -- Live (Dreyfus): Benny Golson has two identities, one as a renowned tenor saxophonist, and the other as a composer of tunes that became jazz standards. Here the quartet format allows extended solos by pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Peter Washington, and those soft, breathy excursions by Golson himself. The highlight is the treatment of ''I Remember Clifford,'' a beautiful tribute to the late trumpet star Clifford Brown.
Juliana Hatfield -- Only Everything (Mammoth): Compared with her hit single ''My Sister'' off her last release ''Become What You Are,'' the songs on Juliana Hatfield's third solo album have a more aggressive tone. But the singer-guitarist still brings that delicate, girlish voice to her music, only this time with a more mature sound. The producers of Hole's ''Live Through This'' worked with Hatfield to achieve a harsh guitar sound. Hatfield strikes a balance between alternative and pop. This may bring her closer to having, well, only everything.
Lisa Leigh Parney