WRTI Picks Guillermo Nojechowicz & El Eco’s “Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933” as Jazz Album of the Week

February 28, 2018Features, Radio/Podcasts, Reviews

Maureen Malloy, WRTI Jazz Album of the Week: A Latin Jazz-Infused Picture of Life in Buenos Aires in 1933 Week of February 26, 2018. Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933: El Eco With Guillermo Nojechowicz. In his latest album, Argentine-born drummer and composer Guillermo Nojechowicz creates an expansive soundscape inspired by his grandmother’s journey from Warsaw to Buenos Aires … Read More

Jazz Views Reviews Jared Hall’s “Hallways”

February 28, 2018Features, Reviews

Euan Dixon, Jazz Views Here is a fine debut by a young artist whose approach to performance and composition is steeped in the hard-bop tradition but not cowed or subdued by it; an artistic voice connecting the solid precedents of previous generations with the search for a new order of expressiveness and invention. Consequently, being … Read More

The Knockturnal Reviews Emma Frank’s Recent NYC Release Concert at Rockwood Music Hall

February 27, 2018Features, Reviews

Michelle DeLateur, The Knockturnal Emma Frank Celebrates Album Release At Rockwood Music Hall With Ocean Av, Emma Frank floats and never settles, just like New York Two hours before Emma Frank’s show and release party at Rockwood Music Hall, she narrated a Hudson sunset through song. Well, not literally; figuratively, as I streamed her most recent album, Ocean … Read More

Chicago Reader Reviews Rob Clearfield’s “Wherever You’re Starting From”

February 24, 2018Features, Reviews

Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader Chicago keyboardist Rob Clearfield forges a jazz-classical hybrid of weightless sophistication Keyboardist Rob Clearfield’s ubiquity on Chicago’s jazz scene says plenty about his talents and adaptability. He’s a musician who can lend sophisticated harmonic support to any setting—I’ve especially admired his simpatico contributions to bassist Matt Ulery’s Loom. While his ardor for … Read More

ArtsJournal Reviews Rob Clearfield’s “Wherever You’re Starting From”

February 22, 2018Features, Reviews

Doug Ramsey, ArtsJournal The Chicago pianist’s low-key approach to solo piano might lead to wool-gathering that would justify the name of his label. But he bolsters the album’s harmonic depth and melodic originality by including Johannes Brahms’ B-flat-minor Intermezzo and John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.” Every other track on the recording, including Clearfield’s interpretation of the … Read More

Midwest Record Reviews 3 LLP Artists: Arnan Raz (Chains of Stories), Sharel Cassity (Evolve) & Rob Clearfield (Wherever You’re Starting From)

February 21, 2018Features, Reviews

Chris Spector, Midwest Record ARNAN RAZ/Chains of Stories (RABBIT RABBIT RABBIT): A sax led session where the focus is on sounds rather than grooves, these jazzbos tackle this vector nicely. With a nod to Teo Macero, even if this date was created without a lot of editing, it shows what can be done when you … Read More

SoulTracks Reviews Kathy Kosins’ “Uncovered Soul”

February 20, 2018Features, Reviews

Chris Rizik, SoulTracks Singer and songwriter Kathy Kosins has been critical favorite for years. The Detroit native cut her teeth backing the eclectic group Was Not Was back in the day, and used it as a springboard for a career that has won her accolades in both the soul and jazz worlds. Kathy has created something very … Read More

O’s Place Reviews El Eco’s “Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933”

February 20, 2018Features, Reviews

D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place Jazz Newsletter O’s Notes: Argentinean drummer Guillermo Nojechowicz puts together a fine ensemble including pianist Helio Alves, bassist Fernando Huergo and saxophonist Marco Pignataro. Vocalist Kim Nazarian breathes mystical romance into the music notably on “I Loved You Too” and ”Milonga Para Los Niños” featuring Roberto Cassan on accordion. Guest … Read More

Emma Frank Featured in the Arts Fuse

February 20, 2018Features

By Jon Garelick, The Arts Fuse Emma Frank is one of those singer-songwriters who lean the jazz way (think: Becca Stevens, Joanna Wallfisch, and, you know, Joni Mitchell). Her new album, Ocean Av (released February 16), includes jazz heavies Aaron Parks (piano) and Jim Black (drums) as well as bassist Rick Rosato and guitarist Frank Rousseau. The album … Read More

German Publication Sonic Soul Reviews Emma Frank’s Single “Best Friend”

February 19, 2018Features, Reviews

Jorge Schmitt, Sonic Soul Zart-Musik. Mit mild-bitterem Unterton. Ganz fein sortierte Klang-Welt. Singer-Songwriter-Jazz-Folk. Oder auch nicht. Emma Frank erzählt ihre Geschichte mit klarer Stimme, Aaron Parks lässt ein paar Töne dazu aus seinem Rhodes ent-perlen, während Bass und Schlagzeug fast schon unmerklich begleiten. Und „Best Friend“ unvermittelt in ein gesteigertes Tempo entführen, dass um uns herum … Read More