Ark Ovrutski: Journey Moments

Ark Ovrutski: Journey Moments

Although by its suggestion of relative fragmentation the structural plan of Journey Moments by the contrabassist Ark Ovrutski follows a familiar enough trajectory encompassing...
Michael Simon - Asian Connection

Michael Simon: Asian Connection

It’s easy sometimes to forget that the extraordinarily-gifted trumpeter and flugelhorn-player Michael Simon came from Venezuela. He has been making a living out of...
Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days: El Maquech

Adam O’Farrill’s Stranger Days: El Maquech

Perhaps the best raison d’être – albeit in a wonderfully twisted sort of way – is that it is “tethered to nothing”. This is...
Berta Moreno: Little Steps

Berta Moreno: Little Steps

Berta Moreno’s dream of coming to America, which she mentions in her impassioned notes that accompany the disc entitled Little Steps, have come true...
Andrea Brachfeld - If Not Now, When?

Andrea Brachfeld: If Not Now, When?

The flutist Andrea Brachfeld has made a glittering career for herself on the Latin Jazz circuit, including performances with Dave Valentin and significant recordings...
Papo Vazquez: JS Bach - Goldberg Variations

Papo Vazquez: JS Bach – Goldberg Variations

There are no sacred cows in music – certainly not for Papo Vazquez. His 2018 offering in a quartet format is selections from Johann...
Desmond White: Glace

Desmond White Presents: Glace

If it were possible to trace the path of how the mind moves upon silence the lyrical run-up to the main event might sound...
Ralph Peterson, Zaccai Curtis, Luques Curtis - Triangular III

Ralph Peterson, Zaccai Curtis, Luques Curtis: Triangular III

When the Curtis Brothers take a break from business to make music together something magical always happens. On Triangular III they complete a trio...

Gene Ess: Absurdist Theater

The beautiful, soaring coloratura that Thana Alexa indulges in at the start of Absurdist Theater by Gene Ess is all the time you’ll be...
Joey Alexander - Countdown

Joey Alexander Presents: Countdown

Once more, Joey Alexander puts all of his debonair virtuosity on display, on Countdown, only his second album. The quality of his playing is...
The Seasons - Manuel Valera Trio

Manuel Valera Trio: The Seasons

Was there a closet ‘renaissance man’ just waiting to jump out of Manuel Valera? Probably so, but although his recording of The Seasons references...

Oscar Perez: Prepare A Place For Me

Oscar Perez is a perfectly attired pianist, whose own life story makes this achievement all the more striking. But looking at a photograph is...

Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones: Stomp!

Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones’ recital is a gloriously deceptive one. For here is no familiar programme of New Orleans music but an enterprising...

Francesco Marcocci Quintet: Folklorico

This volume of music affirms Francesco Marcocci’s exemplary music and double bass prowess as well as serves to further draw attention to the still...

Dion Parson and 21st Century Band: St. Thomas

What comes across immediately and irresistibly in this new (2015) recording by Dion Parson and his 21st Century Band is the sheer physical pleasure...

John Basile: Penny Lane

This is a vivid, provocative Beatles album from John Basile, a New Yorker who has a pianist’s approach to the guitar. Let there be...

Chico Freeman & Heiri Känzig: The Arrival

It is difficult to speak of Chico Freeman in the same terms as you would another saxophonist playing today. He has a heritage that...

John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet: Brooklyn

Having already given us an excellent account of himself as both a virtuoso acoustic bassist as well as on electric bass, with scores of...

Thana Alexa: Ode To Heroes

There is something enchanting about the vocalastic melismas of this album that open it up to a wider circle of listeners that simply want...

Ray Vega: Chapter Two

This disc ought to come with a connoisseur’s advisory: Be prepared to be amazed. As much as that sounds like something trite, it is,...

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