On January 13, Joshua Redman released a new record called Compass. Though I haven't heard it yet, I trust it's amazing like every other Redman record. If you're into jazz but wary of (or unexposed to) new jazz- Redman is a good place to start.
I don't know anything about theory, but Redman's records sound like they could have been released forty years ago. On his 1996 album, Freedom in the Groove, he plays swing/ bop that calls to mind the great Blue Note tenor players Sonny Rollins and Tina Brooks. My personal favorite Redman records are the '93 debut- Joshua Redman (he plays a great "Salt Peanuts") and '94's Mood Swing.
Here's a video of the making of Compass. It'll give you some of his personal background.
Joshua Redman EPK