REVIEW: Downbeat Reviews Daniel Rotem’s “Serenading the Future”

December 16, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

Alex W. Rodriguez, Downbeat Israel-born saxophonist Daniel Rotem’s sophomore album is the latest document of a vibrant jazz resurgence in Los Angeles, the bandleader’s adopted home since 2014. Rotem offers a heartfelt, searching quality on this exciting double-disc endeavor, evident in his compositions, melodic interpretation and spacious improvisational approach. Guest soloist Jeff Parker’s guitar sets … Read More

REVIEW: All About Jazz Reviews Eden Bareket’s “Night”

December 14, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

Mike Jurkovic, All About Jazz There are plenty of rapid, skittering, minimalist moments on Night, young baritone saxophonist Eden Bareket‘s shadowy sophomore effort. In a smoky, late-night jam, with the moon hovering over the Brooklyn Bridge, Bareket runs the range of his instrument on eight lean and feisty originals and Matti Caspi’s “Lost Melody.” Bareket’s solos are … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Darren Barrett’s “But Beautiful”

December 13, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

George Harris, Jazz Weekly Darren Barrett takes popular jazz songs and reinvents them, mixing his warm and Kenny Dorham-toned trumpet with his keyboards, hip hoppy voice, EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) and teams with sound designer Wren as well as teammates Takeru Saito/p, Youngchae Jeong/b, Daniel Moreno/dr, Santiago Bosch/key, Judith Barrett/perc and guest guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. … Read More

REVIEW: Aquarian Weekly Reviews Jeff Siegel’s “London Live”

December 9, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly London Live (Artists Recording Collective) by the Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet — with drummer/producer/composer Siegel leading Erica Lindsay (tenor sax), Francesca Tanksley (piano) and Uli Langthaler (bass) on an eight-track show at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in England — is certainly worthy of repeated listening. It’s the type of set that the more … Read More

REVIEW: All About Jazz Reviews Kris Adams’ “We Should Have Danced”

December 9, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz There is a special significance to Kris Adams‘s release We Should Have Danced. The recording features Adam’s original lyrics with arrangements by pianist Tim Ray, of compositions of the late Steve Prosser, Adams’ former husband and Berklee College of Music professor. Shortly after Prosser’s passing away in 2012, Adams came across … Read More