Avant

Jamie Branch, Fly or Die

June 14, 2017 admin 0

by Nolan DeBuke Chicago based trumpeter Jamie Branch is a product of the fertile Chicago jazz scene, as an apt composer and trumpet player Branch is the best of what the city has to offer, […]

Crossover Jazz

The Como Mamas, Move Upstairs

June 10, 2017 admin 0

by Jon Ward Gospel, roots trio The Como Mamas, is a Mississippi based group that digs deep into their delta roots. The trio of heavenly voices is Ester Mae Wilbourn, Della Daniels, and Angela Taylor. […]

Rock Jazz

Simon Sammut, Crossing

June 4, 2017 admin 0

by Sylvannia Garutch Born into a musical family, the son of Maltese orchestra conductor, bassist and composer Joseph Sammut, Simon Sammut has taken his years of exploration and culminated them into a weighted project that […]

Jazz

The Fred Hughes Trio, Matrix

May 30, 2017 admin 0

by Raul da Gama There is no substitute with an album full of luscious, no-nonsense swinging music played with fierce dedication to the idiom, unadorned chiseling of classic Jazz tempo; juxtapositioning of rhythm close to, […]

Crossover Jazz

Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet, New Life

May 30, 2017 admin 0

by Nolan DeBuke Impressions are what we draw when listening to music, how it correlates to the person, the message and what is being said musically.  So, what is the impression drawn here on New […]

Rock Jazz

David Bandman, Burn Notice

May 21, 2017 admin 0

by Sylvannia Garutch David Bandman’s CD Burn Notice is sure to make more than a ripple in the music world.  This euphonium player has compiled a collection of high-energy jazz/rock/funk on this recording that demonstrates […]

Jazz

Ray Lyon, Trinity One Δ

May 10, 2017 admin 0

by Raul da Gama There is absolutely nothing that one should be wary about when embarking on a musical adventure with Ray Lyon. He captains a svelte ship with a crew of three, appropriately entitled […]

Crossover Jazz

Christian Sands, Reach

May 7, 2017 admin 0

by Jon Ward Five-time Grammy® Award nominee pianist Christian Sands marks his Mack Avenue Records debut that forgoes the straight-ahead sound and REACHes into fresh-sounding music. The album is entitled REACH and its musical influences […]

Jazz

Leigh Pilzer, Strunkin’

May 5, 2017 admin 0

by Raul da Gama Every once and awhile a record comes across the critic’s desk that so overwhelms him or her that a long pause for breath is in order. But one has to usually […]

Latin

Daymé Arocena, Cubafonía

May 5, 2017 admin 0

by Ferell Aubre Since Celina Gonzalez, no singer has been hailed the ‘Queen of Cuban music’. She’s a follower of the Afro-Cuban Santería faith, and her best material echoes the African-influenced religious chanting she has […]