Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet – Desertico

If Paolo Fresu is quickly becoming one of the most sought after trumpet players it might easily be because he calls to mind a...

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...

Carmen Souza – Kachupada

Carmen Souza is the extraordinarily talented vocalist who was born in Lisbon, Portugal, within a Christian family of Cape Verdeans. She has melded her...

The Miami Jazz Project: The Miami Jazz Project

Dave Liebman can convey the often hidden virility of music no matter what wind instrument he is playing. His ability to make this possible...

Lisa Engelken: Little Warrior

Lisa Engelken is a fearless, versatile singer as she demonstrates once again on her new release, Little Warrior. Her song selection and interpretations reveal...

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...

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...

Monty Alexander: The Harlem-Kingston Express Comes Alive

There might be a gentleman’s argument as to whom the pianist Monty Alexander belongs to; Jamaica, where he was born, or New York where...

Kenny Garrett – Seeds from the Underground

Beware the wild swing of saxophonist Kenny Garrett. It is splendidly hypnotic and is the kind that seizes the wandering soul guiding it into...

Hamilton De Holanda & André Mehmari – Gismontipascoal: A Musica de Egberto e Hermeto

Gismontipascoal: A Musica de Egberto e Hermeto, by two of the most precociously talented musicians from and in Brasil does not so much document...

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...

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...
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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Denny Zeitlin Trio: Stairway to the Stars

Stairway To The Stars by Denny Zeitlin There is almost no one musician playing today who can deconstruct a standard and then put it back...

Guess Who Jazz Quartet: Ready for Departure

Well on the way to discovering their individual voices four high-school students who call themselves the Guess Who Jazz Quartet decide to place on...
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...