JAMISON ROSS, All for One (Concord): 3½ STARS

More consistently song-focused than his bluesier, Grammy-nominated debut, 2015’s “Jamison,” this gospel-dipping set from the 2012 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz drum competition winner strikes a tone of gratitude from the top. A celebratory groove through Allen Toussaint’s “A Mellow Good Time” is followed by Ross’ R&B balladry and choice standards like the Etta James-popularized “Don’t Go to Strangers” and Mose Allison’s “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy.” Tasteful arrangements overcome slick production, and Ross’ soulful vocals are elegantly couched by organist Cory Irvin and pianist Chris Pattishall, whose light touch on the keys is beauty in motion. Jamisonrossmusic.com

MARY GAUTHIER, Rifles & Rosary Beads (In the Black): 4 STARS

Gauthier’s 10th album collects songs co-written with soldiers wounded in combat, a process that helped the veterans and introduced broader range into her confessional oeuvre. Their stories are gripping, and simple country melodies provide needed uplift for tracks like “The War After the War,” about “invisible” partners. Elsewhere, Gauthier and her collaborators locate poetry (“Bullet Holes in the Sky”) and moments of grace (“It’s Her Love”) in grim circumstances, and movingly address survivor guilt with “Still on the Ride” (“I shouldn’t be here, you shouldn’t be gone/ But it’s not up to me who dies and who carries on”). High concept honestly rendered. marygauthier.com

JEFFREY GAINES, Alright (Omnivore): 3 STARS

The Philly rocker returns from a 15-year recording hiatus with an agreeable set recorded with versatile LA trio Jackshit. Years spent performing have honed Gaines’ vocal chops and audience-pleasing instincts; he and producer Chris Price focus on life- and love-affirming messages, while retaining the smoothly soulful, easy-rocking approach that’s his hallmark. Highlights: the Elvis Costello-esque “Seems to Me,” “Feel Alright,” “Thick and Thin” (“I’ve reached out, I’ve been well received just as much as I’ve been rejected/ In the scheme of things I’ve got more than I need but sometimes I feel neglected”). Jeffreygaines.com

BELLE ADAIR, Tuscumbia (Single Lock): 3½ STARS

Upending expectations, John Paul White’s onetime backing band imbue their buoyant pop with dreamy harmonies rather than greasy grooves in an ear-pleasing set recorded at Muscle Shoals’ storied FAME Studio. Titled after frontman Matthew Green’s Alabama hometown, the album’s energized by seeming contradictions — soul organ backing jangly guitars, sober reflection framed in sunny, hummable melodies (“Why do you insist on something more than my devotion/ Love is such a lonely notion/ Take it to the end and you’ll see why/ A circle is a straight line bending”). Compellingly listenable. belleadairmusic.com