10 NEW JAZZ ALBUMS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT: Jazziz Magazine Features Kelly Green Trio’s “Volume One”

December 9, 2018Features, Press Reel

Matt Micucci, Jazziz Pianist, vocalist and composer Kelly Green is at home playing with her long-standing trio consisting of bassist Alex Tremblay and drummer Evan Hyde on her new album, Volume One. The album was recorded “live” in the studio after a month-long tour to capture the most authentic sounds and emotions “in the moment,” and … Read More

BEST JAZZ RECORDINGS OF 2018: Chicago Tribune Includes Matt Ulery’s “Sifting Stars” in Yearly Round-Up!

December 9, 2018Features, Press Reel

Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune Matt Ulery: “Sifting Stars” (Woolgathering Records). The mystical quality of Chicago bassist-composer Ulery’s music never fails to cast its spell, regardless of the size or character of the ensemble in question. Here Ulery leads a large group with strings, reeds and horns, plus the other worldly vocals of Grazyna Auguscik and the … Read More

REVIEW: Textura Reviews Matt Ulery’s “Sifting Stars” & Russ Johnson’s “Headlands”

November 29, 2018Features, Press Reel, Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura Russ Johnson: Headlands  Woolgathering Records Matt Ulery: Sifting Stars Woolgathering Records Bassist and composer Matt Ulery’s a proud ambassador for Chicago’s ever-vital jazz scene, yet Sifting Stars, his eighth as a bandleader since his 2008 debut, is hardly a jazz recording in the conventional sense; in fact, a listener coming to his music for the … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Trail Reviews Gabriel Zucker’s “Weighting”

November 29, 2018Features, Press Reel, Reviews

Filipe Freitas, Jazz Trail Weighting, the fourth studio album by pianist Gabriel Zucker consists in an extended composition divided into eight movements. The music, inspired by excerpts of Rachel Kushner’s novel The Flamethrowers, is performed by a bass-less new quartet whose frontline is composed of Eric Trudel on tenor saxophone and Adam O’Farrill on trumpet, … Read More

REVIEWS: Jazz Weekly Reviews Anthony Fung’s “Flashpoint”

November 29, 2018Features, Press Reel, Reviews

George Harris, Jazz Weekly The composition and arranging skills of Anthony Fung are well highlighted on this strong and varied session. There is a core team of Edmar Colon/ts-ss, Joshn Johnson/as, Simon Moullier/vib, Isaac Wilson/p-synth and Mats Sandahl/b along with some guest saxes, percussionists, vocals and a string quartet to boot. The strings meld with … Read More

REVIEW: Step Tempest Reviews Matt Ulery’s “Sifting Stars” and Russ Johnson’s “Headlands”

November 29, 2018Features, Press Reel, Reviews

Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest Music From the Great Midwest – Chicago (Part One) Over the past 13 years, bassist, composer, and record label owner Matt Ulery has proven himself to be one of the more adventurous souls in contemporary music.  Sit through one of his albums and you’ll hear elements of jazz, “prog-rock”, art music, classical … Read More