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...

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...

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...

Theo Croker: Afro-Physicist

Theo Croker is the epitome of the sound of surprise. He comes suddenly from behind and sideways - never from the front - seizing...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Joe Lovano & the Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Wild Beauty

It is just like tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano to make a beautiful recording, but also one which is also quite full of surprises. This...

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...

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...

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...

Miguel Ângelo: Branco

To understand what a musician’s musician can do with the bass today it is wise to listen to the Portuguese bassist for Oporto, Miguel...

Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Jazz Racine Haïti

This album by the composer and tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart Jazz Racine Haïti is significant for several factual reasons and the core aspects...

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...

Jeff Ballard Trio: Time’s Tales

Jeff Ballard has spent the equivalent of a month of Sundays casting his shadow along with bassist Larry Grenadier’s in the Brad Mehldau Trio....

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...

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...

Brigitte Zarie: L’amour

Beautiful strings arrangements give way to the sensual voice of Brigitte Zarie on “Where there is love”, the first track of her new release...
Gretchen Parlato - Live in NYC

Gretchen Parlato: Live in NYC

It is hard to listen to Gretchen Parlato without hearing something celestial in her singing. To be sure, she sings in a jazz idiom...

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