REVIEW: Eitan Kenner’s “8Ball City” Reviewed by Progressive Rock Fanatics

June 24, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Stephen Conrad, Progressive Rock Fanatics Mish-Mash Planetoid Start with the visual:  this is stunning, evocative art setting the stage for what is to come. “Mish-mash” since there are elements of science fiction with airships zooming about, futuristic high-rise buildings of various shapes and sizes, more traditional looking buildings in the foreground, nature (looking prickly, … Read More

REVIEW: Vivian Sessoms’ “LIFE II” Reviewed by Musical Memoirs

June 22, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs A CD REVIEW FOR BLACK MUSIC MONTH BY Dee Dee McNeil/Jazz Journalist VIVIAN SESSOMS – “LIFE ii” ropeadope Records Vivian Sessoms, vocals/producer/arranger; Chris Parks, bass/producer/arranger/electric piano/ programmer/keys; Shedrick Mitchell, piano/organ/arranger; Christian Gates, keys/programming;/ guitar/drum programming; Dave Archer, keys; Sherrod Barnes & Mark Whitefield, guitar; Donald Edwards, Eric Brown & … Read More

REVIEW: UK Vibe Reviews Brandee Younger’s “Soul Awakening”

June 21, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

by Imran Mirza, UK Vibe ☆☆☆☆☆ ‘Soul Awakening’ is the brand new sophomore album release from classically trained harpist Brandee Younger. With each passing year, the Hempstead, New York, native seems to see her star increasingly rise – having graduated from the University of Hartford and New York University with degrees in Harp Performance and … Read More

REVIEW: All About Jazz Reviews Brandee Younger’s “Soul Awakening”

June 21, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

by Mike Jurkovic, All About Jazz ☆☆☆☆ Sure the recording for Soul Awakening was completed in 2013, but we are more than fortunate that harpist Brandee Younger and producer/bassist Dezron Douglas have chosen now to free this music from the vaults. For Soul Awakening brings a defining clarity to what we’ve experienced on previous releases, such as the raw, groove/fusion of … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Skip Wilkins’ “Czech Wishes”

June 20, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

George Harris, Jazz Weekly Pianist and composer Skip Wilkins mixes rich Eastern European themes with modern swing as he features tenor saxist Daniel Wilkins in a bopping band with Miroslav Hioucal/tp-fh, Tomas Baros/b and Marek Urbanek/dr. The front line of horns is bright and crisp as on snappy pieces like the crackling “The Box-Checkers” and … Read More