ANNOUNCEMENT: Oran Etkin’s ‘Finding Friends Far From Home’ Named WINNER of Parents’ Choice Award

September 23, 2019Features, Press Reel

By: Lynne Heffley, Parents’ Choice Noted clarinetist, composer, and music educator Oran Etkin founded a method he calls Timbalooloo to introduce children to music by having them imagine instruments as characters who “speak” music. Here, a winning multicultural musical adventure, features Etkin and his friend, Clara Net the Clarinet, as they travel around the world, … Read More

REVIEW: Emma Frank’s ‘Come Back’ Reviewed by La Presse

September 22, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Alain Brunet, La Presse Love, desire, loss, commitment, doubt … these primary colors of the soul are evoked through these eight original songs, a cover of Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy. It should also be noted that “Dream Team” and “Lilac” were composed by trumpet player Simon Millerd and pianist Aaron Parks respectively, the string … Read More

TRACK FEATURE: Marlbank Features The Curtis Brothers!

September 22, 2019Features, Press Reel

Stephen Graham, Marlbank TRACK FOCUS: from the Curtis Brothers // a case of McLean remains Approaching the busiest time of year for releases, that is between now, with the odd lull or two and mid-November, which is a perfect time to check out new stuff and as the autumn progresses a chance to be mindful of … Read More

TRACK FEATURE: WBGO’s Take Five Features Emma Frank’s “I Thought”

September 22, 2019Features, Press Reel

Nate Chinen, WBGO The songs on Come Back, the enchanting fourth album by Emma Frank, don’t show many outward jazz affinities; they reside in the literate folk-rockish realm you’d associate with someone like Laura Marling, or the Beck of Morning Phase. But it’s meaningful that the album prominently features pianist Aaron Parks, whose “Lilac” is among the album’s few … Read More

LISTEN: Ben Wolfe on the Chicago Jazz Audio Experience Podcast

September 22, 2019Interviews, Press Reel

Mike Jeffers, Chicago Jazz Bassist Ben Wolfe talks with Mike Jeffers about his new recording “Fatherhood” a self-produced recording that is dedicated to his father’s memory. Ben discusses how the recording came about, his father and his relationship with music, the musicians that are featured and much more. Here is an excerpt from the Chicago … Read More