Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Ron Aprea Sextet: Remembering Blakey – A Tribute To Art Blakey

Most, if not all, homages to a personage would have at least one aspect of the one being honored. In the case of a...

Clare Fischer Big Band: Pacific Jazz

It might not be expedient to suggest that Clare Fischer is responsible defining what Big Bands should sound like. Duke Ellington did that. Nor...
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...
Francesco Cataldo - Giulia

Francesco Cataldo: Giulia

The pairing of a piano and a guitar – though not so rare in popular music of any style – makes for unusual and...

The Louis Romanos Quartet´ Jazz Delight

With “Songo 7”, the first song of this album, you realize the tremendous talent Mr. Romanos and his band have for playing with heart...

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,...

Guelph Jazz Festival @ “19” & Going Strong

The Guelph Jazz Festival is always a treat, always offering up a taste of fresh innovative music. On this occasion the festival looked back...

Alexis Cuadrado – A Lorca Soundscape

The mighty task of transposing the great Federico García Lorca from the landscape of poetry to the soundscape of music—despite the inherent musicality of his work—is a daunting one.

Brampton Global Jazz & Blues Fest Report – Part II

Brampton, a city north west of Toronto played host to its second annual jazz and blues festival this past August 9th through to the...

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...

Peter Appleyard and the Jazz Giants – The Lost 1974 Sessions

In his introduction to Peter Appleyard and the Jazz Giants: The Lost 1974 Sessions Appleyard said something that...

Music for Peter Gunn: Harmonie Ensemble New York and Steven Richman

As I jazz lover it will always be a pleasure and a privilege to write about Henry Mancini´s music, the ingenious composer and arranger...
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...

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...
Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble - The New Immigrant Experience

Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble: The New Immigrant Experience

During the course of your mission as a music critic you might come across numerous recordings that are really good – even great. But...

Lina Allemano Four – Live at the Tranzac

The beauty of Lina Allemano’s trumpet playing lies in its bottomless depth and glimmering sonority. On her album, Live at the Tranzac, featuring music...

Ark Ovrutski: 44:33

Two years after he released Sounds of Brasil (Self Published, 2010) bassist Ark Ovrutski has graced music with a fine new album, 44:33. Numbers...

Aimée Allen: Matter of Time

This is a slow burner of a disc. Honestly, I was not won at first hearing, Romero Lubambo notwithstanding. But listening is believing...

Stacey Kent: The Changing Lights

There are few vocalists who can sing with such fragrant lyricism as Stacey Kent. The fact that she can sing in several languages—and make...

Felipe Salles: Ugandan Suite

Few practicing musicians in the Jazz idiom have perfected the composition of a suite in the manner that the great Duke Ellington did in...