TRACK PREMIERE: Jazziz Magazine Premieres Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini’s “Lenga Lenga”

March 25, 2019Premiere, Press Reel

Matt Micucci, Jazziz Natalie Cressman and Ian Faquini, “Lenga Lenga” Setting Rays of Summer, out April 5, is the new duo project from trombonist and singer-songwriter Natalie Cressman, and Brazilian composer, guitarist and vocalist Ian Faquini. It draws inspiration from impressionism, jazz and the great Brazilian songwriting tradition. Cressman tells JAZZIZ that “Lenga Lenga” is … Read More

REVIEW: Ellen Rowe Octet’s “Momentum: Portraits of Women in Motion” Named Album of the Day by Bird is the Worm

March 21, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm Artist:  Ellen Rowe Octet Album:  Momentum: Portraits of Women in Motion Label:  Smokin’ Sleddog Records Favorite track: “Ain’t I A Woman” Style:  Straight-ahead Music from:  Ann Arbor, MI What I like about it:  I like how every note, every expression sounds like it’s all heart.  I like how this … Read More

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron – A Tribute to the Romanticist of the Bebop Movement

March 20, 2019Features, Press Reel, Reviews

‘The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron’ Review:  Vocalist Vanessa Rubin honors Tadd Dameron with an album that highlights his compositional genius. By Martin Johnson, The Wall Street Journal  The great composer and arranger Tadd Dameron (1917-1965) wrote “If You Could See Me Now,” one of Sarah Vaughan’s signature songs, but until now … Read More

EXCLUSIVE Q&A: Ben Winkelman Speaks to Jazziz About his New Recording “Balance”

March 19, 2019Interviews, Press Reel

Matt Micucci, Jazziz Melbourne-raised, New York City-based award-winning pianist-composer Ben Winkelman released his new album, Balance, on March 15 via OA2 Records. The new record is a collection of nine Winkelman original compositions plus a reworking of “Bye-Ya” by piano legend Thelonious Monk. It also finds him playing alongside drummer Obed Calvaire and bassist Matt Penman and … Read More

INTERVIEW: DownBeat Chats to Dave Liebman about his New Recording with Jeff Coffin: “On The Corner Live”

March 19, 2019Interviews, Press Reel

Kira Grunenberg, DownBeat Dave Liebman’s legacy seemingly coalesced in an enthralling full-circle moment on Feb. 6, 2015, at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley. Along with Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin, Chester Thompson, Chris Walters and James DaSilva, Liebman reanimated Miles Davis’ On The Corner, a slinky fusion effort the reedist helped record in 1972. Beyond being a stellar recording, On The … Read More

REVIEW: Tim Haldeman’s “Open Water As A Child” Gets a 4.5 Star Review from The Sydney Morning Herald!

March 19, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald If ever an opening line was going to transfix you, “I followed whiskey into the country of Legionella” should do it. The Kerouac-influenced poem Open Water is graffitied through this album in three instalments, written and delivered by John Goode, whose voice is a scythe slicing straight into your central nervous system, … Read More

JAZZIZ BACKSTAGE PASS: Jeff Coffin & David Liebman’s “On The Corner Live: The Music of Miles Davis”

March 16, 2019Features, Press Reel, Radio/Podcasts

Brian Zimmerman/Matt Micucci, Jazziz Listen to podcast here. Dave Liebman, Jeff Coffin: On the Corner Live: The Music of Miles Davis (Ear Up Records) Release date: March 1 Saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master David Liebman began his musical relationship with trumpet legend Miles Davis in the summer of 1972 when he participated in the recording date … Read More