REVIEW: Christian Li and Mike Bono’s “Visitors” reviewed by JazzWeekly

February 13, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Pianist/keyboardist Christian Li and guitarist Mike Bono co-lead  rich and lyrical post bop team of Jared Henderson/b, Lee Fish-Jimmy Macbride/dr, Dayna Stephens/ts, Alex Hargreaves/vi and Chris Marion/str through nice warm originals. Gentle thoughts prevail on this album, with Stephens’ warm tenor siging on the serene “Puddles,” cantering with Li’s keys … Read More

JAZZTIMES: Dezron Douglas’ EP BLACK LION Reviewed

February 13, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

by David Whiteis, JazzTimes This six-track EP showcases both the versatility and musical depth of bassist Dezron Douglas, whose ensemble includes tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard, altoist Lummie Spann, trumpeter Josh Evans, and drummer Jeremy “Bean” Clemons, along with, at various points, keyboardists Willerm Delisfort and David Bryant. Douglas, who studied under the late Jackie McLean … Read More

Spanish Harlem Orchestra Wins Third Grammy at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards!

February 11, 2019Special Announcement

Spanish Harlem Orchestra Wins Third Grammy at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards! Anniversary is the Winner of Best Tropical Latin Album! Led by renowned pianist, composer, arranger and musical director, Oscar Hernández, 5X GRAMMY® nominated Spanish Harlem Orchestra is truly honored and grateful to announce their third GRAMMY® win! The 13-piece ensemble graciously accepted the … Read More

REVIEW: Gene Ess’ “Apotheosis” (SIMP) Reviewed by JazzTimes

February 11, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Dan Bilawsky, JazzTimes While several of these songs’ arcs have a triumphant spirit, in keeping with the nature of apotheosis, guitarist Gene Ess isn’t obsessed with peaks and conquest. Reconvening Fractal Attraction, a style-fluid electric quintet with the signature frontline pairing of guitar and (mostly) wordless vocals, Ess continues to build momentum while also digging … Read More

REVIEW: Matt Ulery “Sifting Stars” Reviewed by Jazz Weekly

February 11, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Bassist Matt Ulery leads an intriguing 16 member Sifting Stars Orchestra, combined with a five piece Axiom Brass band to mix woodwinds, voice, strings and horns to a rich ten song album. The large ensemble never sounds cluttered, rather you get luminous Old World strings and  horns teamed with … Read More

REVIEW: Dezron Douglas’ “Black Lion EP” Reviewed by The Wire

February 9, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By Phil Freeman, The Wire This first call New York bassist, most recently heard on Makaya McCraven’s Universal Beings, has assembled a killer band for his six track digital EP including saxophonists Stacy Dillard and Lummie Spann, trumpeter Josh Evans and drummer Jeremy ‘Bean” Clemons.  The music encompasses heavy 1970s-style acoustic blowing reminiscent of McCoy … Read More