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

Downbeat Magazine has a Q&A session with Brandee Younger

March 3, 2017Features

by Shannon J. Effinger, Downbeat Jazz harpist Brandee Younger is shining a much-needed light on her long-overlooked instrument. In the process, she’s illuminating a world of jazz harp history. A graduate of The Hartt School of Music, in Hartford, Connecticut, this native New Yorker has become a fixture in the current jazz scene, working with … Read More

Goldmine Magazine Features Rachel Therrien’s “Pensamiento”

February 24, 2017Features

by Mike Greenblatt, Goldmine Magazine 2017 is shaping of to be “The Year Of The Woman.” Don’t even ask. Just accept it. With that said, let me introduce you to trumpeter/composer/arranger/band leader Rachel Therrien. Her “Pensamiento: Proyecto Columbia” on the Free Run Artists Productions label sizzles and pops like frying bacon in a pan. This … Read More

WBGO Take Five features Mark Whitfield’s “Grace”

January 28, 2017Features

Take Five: Hear Norah Jones, Larry Coryell, Matthew Shipp, Mark Whitfield and Jesse Stacken by Nate Chinen, WBGO In this installment of Take Five, our weekly playlist, you’ll find fathers and sons, a couple of farewells, and more than one refurbished jazz standard. We’ll start with one of those, featuring a singer you may know, giving … Read More