Friday, August 14, 2020

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...

Gerry Gibbs, Ron Carter, Kenny Barron: Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio

Gerry Gibbs’ album Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio truly lives up to its name. Not only are bassist Ron Carter and pianist Kenny Barron...

Marc Cary – For the Love of Abbey

There is a story that may well not be apocryphal in the history of jazz. When Billie Holiday passed away, the pianist Mal Waldron...

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...

Rudresh Mahanthappa – Gamak

There is an invisible connection between the two principal dialects of Indian music—Hindustani and Carnatic—and the dialect of jazz. All three are really old...

Aruán Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet – Banned in London

God knows, of course, how hands will be used. This is why he endowed the human body with them, especially...

The Debut Album of Mitch Shiner and the BloomingTones Big Band: Fly!

As soon as I played the first track on Mr. Shiner and the BloomingTones Big Band ´s debut album, I was astonished by the...

Peter Appleyard and The Jazz Giants – The Lost 1974 Sessions

Almost forty years ago, Canadian vibraphonist Peter Appleyard assembled a group of truly Jazz giants...

3 Cohens (Anat, Yuval, Avishai): Tightrope

To make this album, Tightrope, with virtually just reeds, woodwinds and brass takes courage. To pull it off requires a very large...
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...

Samuel Yirga – Guzo

Ethiopian pianist and composer, Samuel Yirga is a young man with a bold vision and a voracious appetite. His debut recording titled Guzo –...

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...

Jaimeo Brown – Transcendence

Jaimeo Brown’s music on Transcendence is among the most mesmerising ever put down on record in a long time; at least since a musician...

Etienne Charles: Creole Soul

“In the world that we live in today, it’s impossible not to be a creole, it’s impossible not to have a blend of ideas, a blend of traditions and a blend of sound or shape that determines who we are. There is a little bit of a creole...

Avishai Cohen Trio: From Darkness

Like Duende that came a few years before it, nothing illustrates the mastery of bassist Avishai Cohen better than From Darkness...
Andrea Brachfeld - Lady of the Island

Andrea Brachfeld: Lady of the Island

There is something magical about the sound of the flute no matter how well it is played; and when it is played as masterfully...

Richie Barshay: Sanctuary

Sanctuary by Richie Barshay Sanctuary is about that place in the interior landscape of music to which a musician retreats to attempt to solve musical...

Warren Wolf: Wolfgang

There is an everlasting quality about Warren Wolf’s recording, Wolfgang. If the ingenious vibraphone virtuoso should at all be diffident about his achievement here...

Kavita Shah: Visions

To say that Kavita Shah is an artist like no other is not really saying anything new. It is in her singular voice and...

Steve Turre – Woody`s Delight

Few trombone players in Steve Turre’s generation have pushed the boundaries of their instrument further than he has. Born of the blue, hard bopping...