Jared Hall Performs at KNKX

November 7, 2017Features, Reviews

Abe Beeson, KNKX Trumpet player, composer and jazz educator Jared Hall grew up in Spokane, Wash. His jazz studies took him to Whitworth University in his hometown, then to Indiana and Florida. But Hall has recently returned to the northwest, adding another potent voice on trumpet to the growing Seattle jazz scene. “Love, Laugh and … Read More

All About Jazz Features Julie Benko’s “Introducing Julie Benko”

November 1, 2017Features, Reviews

C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz A debut recording, Introducing Julie Benko, brings to ear another polymath, Julie Benko, whose experience boasts acting for stage (Including Broadway) and screen, singing, and composing. She is a bit polyglot, with a certain fluency in Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew, a cultural mixture that lends Cole Porter’s “Love for Sale” … Read More

Improvijazzation Nation Features Trio Ciclos’s “Mobiles: Vol.1”, Dan Bruce’s “Earthshine” & Alex Wintz’s “LifeCycle”

November 1, 2017Features, Reviews

Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation Trio Ciclos: Mobiles: Vol. 1 A most interesting improvisational set in from Brazil… release in April, 2017, it features some fantastic acoustic bass by Bruno Migotto; drums & electronics from Alex Buck and piano by Edison Santanna… in fact, it’s some of the most intriguing jazz improvisation I’ve listened to (yet) … Read More

Audiophile Audition Reviews Dave Liebman & Joe Lovano’s “Compassion: The Music of John Coltrane”

November 1, 2017Features, Reviews

Robbie Gerson, Audiophile Audition There are many reasons for the enduring influences of John Coltrane. His short career (mostly 1955-1967) included being part of the first Miles Davis Quintet. His stint as a sideman was brief, mostly with Davis, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. But as a band leader Trane soared with highly elaborate compositions and … Read More

Chicago Tribune Reviews Dave Liebman’s Recent Green Mill Show: Dave Liebman Ignites a Storm of Sound at Green Mill

October 31, 2017Features, Reviews

Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune The torrents of sound that shook the Green Mill Jazz Club on Friday night could have issued from the horn of only one man: Dave Liebman. For though other jazz saxophonists command a comparably huge sound, Liebman combined thunderous tone, virtuosic technique and keenly intelligent, relentlessly creative phrasemaking in singular fashion. … Read More

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