Teri Roiger/John Menegon – Misterioso

Any Jazz musician who wants to learn how to accompany a vocalist, not getting in the way but still keep it interesting should listen...

Fabián Almazán: Master of All He Plays

In most musicians, just like nice ordinary people, molecules are made up of DNA just like the unique people that each is. But in...

Helen Sung: Anthem for a New Day

Helen Sung’s pianism is informed by elegance and an intellect that goes far beyond her young years. Both qualities cannot be learnt. The former...

Phil Bowler: Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle

While no one was watching the bass chair Phil Bowler slipped back in and fired up his old ensemble back to life. After some...

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,...

Roswell Rudd – Trombone for Lovers

Trombone For Lovers by Roswell Rudd Roswell Rudd—the inimitable Roswell Rudd—is one of those musicians who must be thought of with the definite article preceding...

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...

Antonio Sánchez – New Life

"In fact when Mr. Sánchez plays, there is a sense, however spectral, that he is playing notes and chords that are pulsed into quantum...

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...

Steve Turre – The Bones of Art

This may not be the first time that Steve Turre has used multiple trombones on a recording date nor will it be the last....

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...

Wadada Leo Smith – Ten Freedom Summers

The voice of a committed artist—the only one worth considering—has always been one of protest against the ennui of the established order. Sometimes this voice is quiet, almost silent; at other times it is strident...
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 Heavyweights Brass Band: Tones and Textures non pareil

The Heavyweights Brass Band (HBB) may seem to have taken a leaf out of the playbook of that other, more famous ensemble—the woodwinds ensemble,...

Ian Dogole – Outside the Box

Ian Dogole whose name is pronounced like this: “Eye-in Dough-gul” is one of the most fascinating percussion colorist and musician to come out of...

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...

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...

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...

Ken Hatfield Sextet – For Langston

Langston Hughes is one of the great poets of the 20th century. His voice is as essential to the African American’s cry for freedom...

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...
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