Stereogum Features Matt Holman’s “The Tenth Muse”

April 21, 2017Features

Phil Freeman, Stereogum This is a weird, arty, chamber jazz project that winds up displaying more guts than you might think it would. Matt Holman is a trumpeter, joined here by Sam Sadigursky on various instruments (soprano saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, and alto flute), Chris Dingman on vibraphone, and Bobby Avey on piano. No … Read More

Midwest Record Reviews Alex Wintz’s “Life Cycle”

April 19, 2017Features, Reviews

Chris Spector, Midwest Record A smart, rising jazz guitarist that knows how to pick the right pals and give them room to do their thing checks in with a sizzling, straight ahead date that was made for letting listening to it be your prime directive.  Swinging and full blooded throughout, this is a zesty set … Read More

Latin Jazz Corner Features Hiromi Suda’s “Nagi”

April 14, 2017Features

by Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner Vocalist Hiromi Suda has found something that many jazz musicians spend years talking about but never capturing – a true cross cultural musical blend that digs deep into diverse musical territories. Growing up in Japan, Suda spent time learning the basics of her craft in her musical family while … Read More

The Baylor Project Covered in the Temple News

April 11, 2017Features

Former lacrosse player and husband make music: ‘This is what we were born to do’ Former lacrosse player Jean Baylor and her husband Marcus released their album in February. by Evan Easterling, Temple News Former lacrosse player Jean Baylor and her husband Marcus make music together. COURTESY DENEKA PENISTON Jean Baylor graduated from Temple in … Read More

Jazz Weekly Features Jeff “Siege” Siegel’s “King of Xhosa”

March 23, 2017Features

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Jeff “Siege” Siegel uses his drums and percussion to team up with Erica Lindsay/ts, Francesca Tanksley/p, Rich Syracuse/b, Feya Faku/fh and Fred Berryhill/pec for a collection of originals that mix African exoticism and folk sounds with vintage modal jazz. Clicking tongues and tribal percussion bookend the remaining 11 songs, which … Read More

Jazz Weekly Features Rachel Therrien’s “Pensamiento”

March 23, 2017Features

by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Rachel Therrien plays trumpet and composes most of the material here for a collection of Latin passions, dances and serenades. Along with 5, count ‘em, 5 percussionists, you get Ramon Berrocal/dr, Javier Pinto/b, Carlos Peralta/g, Holman Alvarez/p, Jacobo Velez/sax, Mauro Castillo/tb and Santiago Jimenez/tres sharing in creating a mood … Read More

Acquarian Weekly Features Mike Casey in their “Rant N’ Roll”

March 8, 2017Features

by Mike Greenblatt, Acquarian Weekly In the grand tradition of a trio—sax, bass, drums—with no chords, just the way the legendary Sonny Rollins pioneered it, comesMike Casey’s selfreleased The Sound Of Surprise: Live At The Side Door, seven first-takes of Casey alternating between his alto and tenor saxophones in his native Connecticut with bassistMatt Dwonszyk … Read More