How about giving some young Norwegian guys a chance? Stian Around a Hill Quartet just released "Lille Stille" (Aim Sound City, 2009). Stian in the band name is trumpet player Stian Omenås and the rest of the band is Svein Magnus Furu (reeds), Jo Berger Myhre (bass) and Øyvind Skarbø (drums). The record has 9 compositions by mentioned Stian, and I think they sound just fine. Some of the tunes are even a bit sad ("Vals", "Ballade"), and I like that too. You'll find this both on eMusic and iTunes, and the title means something like "Little Quiet One".