NEW MUSIC MONDAY: Jazziz Premieres Greg Ward’s “Stardust” from his Upcoming Album “Stomping off From Greenwood”

December 24, 2018Premiere, Press Reel

Matt Micucci, Jazziz Greg Ward, “Stardust” Saxophonist-composer Greg Ward, one of the most versatile saxophonists of his generation, will launch his new group Rogue Parade with Stomping Off the Greenwood, his new album, out on January 11 via Greenleaf Music. Rogue Parade is a quintet of heavyweight creative Chicago musicians and this nine-track collection explores the … Read More

BEST OF 2018: All About Jazz Lists Keri Johnsrud and Kevin Bales’ “Beyond the Neighborhood – The Music of Fred Rogers”

December 23, 2018Listings, Press Reel, Reviews

Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz Kevin Bales/Keri JohnsrudBeyond the Neighborhood: The Music of Fred RogersSelf-produced  Fred Rogers and his beloved TV series, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” has gotten a lot of attention lately. This musical tribute, featuring pianist Bales and the warm vocals of Johnsrud, adapts the songs he wrote for the show to a jazz … Read More

BEST OF DECEMBER: Stereogum Features Gabriel Zucker’s “Weighting”

December 21, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

Phil Freeman, Stereogum Pianist Gabriel Zucker’s debut album also features Tyshawn Sorey on drums, along with trumpeter Adam O’Farrill and saxophonist Eric Trudell. There’s no bassist; the fifth member of the ensemble is the room, because Weighting features absolutely masterful use of mic placement and reverb, and even post-production. Listen to this album on headphones … Read More

FEATURES: Jazziz Features Andy Milne’s “The Seasons of Being”

December 20, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

Pianist/composer Andy Milne marks 20 years of leading the genre-breaking group Dapp Theory with his Sunnyside Records debut The Seasons of Being. Nominated for Grammy consideration, the album features Milne at his most Ellingtonian, masterfully orchestrating an original fusion between the impressionistic and pure groove. Commissioned by Chamber Music American, the music features several A-list guests.

REVIEW: Avant Music News Reviews Gabriel Zucker’s “Weighting”

December 20, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

Avant Music News Acclaimed pianist Gabriel Zucker is joined by trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, saxophonist Eric Trudel, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey on this recently-released effort. Originally written in 2014-15, Weighting was played live in that time frame, but this is its first recording. Unlike much of the creative jazz discussed in these pages, Zucker’s compositions are clearly pre-determined … Read More