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

Aquarian Weekly Includes Darren Barrett’s “The Opener” in Their “Rant ‘n’ Roll” Feature

September 15, 2017Features, Reviews

Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly The Opener by Darren Barrett and dB-ish fuses planty of elements. Barrett os a trumpeter, keyboardist, percussionist, composer, arranger, band leader, head of his own dB Studios label and Berklee professor who has always been adventurous in his musical outings. Here, though, he’s set a new bar way high what with … Read More

The Mercury News Features Rick Vandivier’s “Under One Roof”

September 7, 2017Features

Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News In the South Bay, Rick Vandivier has been a steady force as a player and teacher, and he’s never sounded better than on his new album “Under One Roof” (Avatar Productions). A trio session with ace bassist Dan Robbins and drummer Lorca Hart, the album focuses on his melodically inventive original compositions … Read More