Stereogum Features Rachel Therrien’s “Why Don’t You Try”

October 20, 2017Features, Reviews

Phil Freeman, Stereogum Montreal-based trumpeter Rachel Therrien has explored some interesting ideas as a leader. Her last album, 2016’s Pensamiento: Proyecto Colombia, was recorded in Bogota with local musicians and featured rhythms and melodic structures from all over the country. On this new disc, though, she’s fronting her regular quintet that includes saxophonist Benjamin Deschamps, pianist … Read More

Jazz Trail Reviews Dan Bruce’s “Earthshine”

October 20, 2017Features, Reviews

Filipe Freitas, Jazz Trail Ohio-born guitarist Dan Bruce, a former mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene relocated to his hometown, releases his sophomore album, Earthshine, where he sculpts personal compositions with the help of high-caliber artists – Russ Johnson on trumpet, Chris Madsen on tenor, Rob Clearfield on piano and Fender Rhodes, Clark Sommers on bass, … Read More

Acquarian Weekly Reviews Rob Schneiderman’s “Tone Twister”

October 18, 2017Features, Reviews

Mike Greenblatt, Acquarian Weekly For his first new studio effort in over a decade, pianist/composer/mathematician Rob Schneiderman has taken on the role as a Tone Twister (Hollistic Musicworks). Backed by a terrific front line of Brian Lynch on trumpet and RalphMoore on tenor saxophone, augmented by drummer Peter van Nostrand and bassist Gerald Cannon, Schneiderman … Read More

Musical Memoirs’s Blog Reviews Rob Schneiderman’s “Tone Twister”

October 9, 2017Features, Reviews

Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs’s Blog Here is a CD full of compositional diversity. Schneiderman is a prolific songwriter and presents a variety of arrangements that range from Smooth Jazz Funk on “Left Coast Lullaby” to the Latin fused “Footloose Freestyle”. He offers mellow ballads like the standard, “Unforgettable,” to “Distant Memory,” a Straight Ahead … Read More

Jazz Weekly Features Ed Neumeister’s “Wake Up Call”

September 28, 2017Features, Reviews

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Trombonist and composer Ed Neumeister conducts a rich toned big band which mixes clever charts and swinging solos. Rich Perry’s tenor is warm and strong on the swinging “New Groove” and Billy Drewes’ clarinet glistens through the sections on “Dog Play.” The rhythm section chugs along well on “Locomotion” as … Read More

Stereogum Features Darren Barrett’s “The Opener”

September 22, 2017Features, Reviews

Phil Freeman, Stereogum Trumpeter Darren Barrett lives in the zone between jazz and modern R&B/funk; he’s played with Herbie Hancock and in Roy Hargrove’s big band, but has also worked with Common, D’Angelo and will.i.am. This album marks the debut of his band dB-ish, an electro-fusion ensemble that includes saxophonists Clay Lyons and Erena Terakubo, … Read More