While I'm on the topic of things in the air, the idea of posting mid-year lists of worthy recordings seems to be gaining ground, so allow me to chip in here, if only to prompt you to check these discs out for your own enjoyment and the enhancement of some fine musicians.
Here are some things that have caught my ear, and stand a good chance of making it to my best of 2011 list:
Joe Lovano Us Five: Bird Songs
Nordic Connect: Spirals
Trio Derome Guilbeault Tanguay: Danse à l'Anvers
Erik Friedlander: Bonebridge
Denny Zeitlin: Labyrinth
Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Live At Birdland