REVIEW: All About Jazz Reviews Dezron Douglas’ “Black Lion”

January 7, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Geno Thackara, All About Jazz It’s striking, regal, moody, even a bit dangerous—and that’s just the cover. Whatever statement Dezron Douglas is making with the name of this EP (also shared by the freshly formed sextet behind it), it’s probably one with layers of meaning and history. As you might expect from someone versatile enough to be … Read More

FEATURE: Paste Magazine Lists Jonathan Barber as One of Twelve New Jazz Artists to Watch in 2019

January 5, 2019Features, Press Reel

Bill Milkowski, Paste Magazine Named Modern Drummer’s “#1 Up-and-Coming Drummer of 2018,” the powerhouse, Hartford-born drummer initially fell in love with the instrument by watching his father perform in the family church. His upbringing in the church instilled in him a passion for gospel music and he later became attracted to jazz through the music of … Read More

REVIEWS: O’s Place Reviews Dezron Douglas’ “Black Lion” & Andy Milne’s “The Seasons of Being”

January 4, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place Dezron Douglas – Black Lion Rising jazz bassist Dezron Douglas assembles a band with Stacy Dillard (t-sax), Lummie Spann (a-sax), Josh Evans (t), and Jeremy “Bean” Clemons (d). Piano duties are split equally between Willerm Delisfort and David Bryant. We liked the Reggae beats of “Great Provider”, the funky bass … Read More

FEATURE: Jazziz Lists Greg Ward’s “Stomping Off From Greenwood” as 1 of 10 New Albums You Need to Know About

January 2, 2019Features, Press Reel

Matt Micucci, Jazziz In 2016, Greg Ward released Touch My Beloved’s Thought, his Greenleaf Music debut album that focused on the music of Charles Mingus and firmly established his reputation as one of the most versatile saxophonists of his generation. Now, he launches a new group, Rogue Parade, with a new album, titled Stomping Off from Greenwood. … Read More

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

January 1, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura This wonderful double-album set by Israeli saxophonist Daniel Rotem aspires to serenade the future, but it most definitely serenades the listener. With five-string violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, pianist Miro Sprague, acoustic bassist Alex Boneham, and drummer Roberto Giaquinto aboard (guitarist Jeff Parker and vocalist Erin Bentlage also make appearances), the instrumental resources Rotem … Read More

REVIEW: Greg Ward’s “Stomping Off From Greenwood” Gets a 4-Star Review from All About Jazz

December 30, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

Gareth Thompson, All About Jazz After a stint in New York, saxophonist Greg Ward was lured home to Chicago in 2016 by a project based on Charles Mingus‘s The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Impulse! Records, 1963). Ward’s new vision of this record was widely acclaimed, not least for its performance with a ballet company, as Mingus had desired. … Read More