REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Skip Wilkins’ “Czech Wishes”

June 20, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

George Harris, Jazz Weekly Pianist and composer Skip Wilkins mixes rich Eastern European themes with modern swing as he features tenor saxist Daniel Wilkins in a bopping band with Miroslav Hioucal/tp-fh, Tomas Baros/b and Marek Urbanek/dr. The front line of horns is bright and crisp as on snappy pieces like the crackling “The Box-Checkers” and … Read More

REVIEW: Glide Magazine Reviews Aaron Whitby’s “Cousin From Another Planet”

June 20, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine AWARD-WINNING AARON WHITBY DELIVERS HIS DEBUT AS BANDLEADER WITH FUNK, FUSION, AND PROG ON ‘COUSIN FROM ANOTHER PLANET’ (ALBUM REVIEW) London-born, current Brooklyn resident Aaron Whitby handles too many roles to fit in a convenient headline, so we’ll lead with his credits as producer, composer, songwriter, pianist, engineer and educator. Cousin From Another Planet (Ropeadope) is … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Michael Eaton’s “Dialogical”

June 18, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Dreamy moods and atmospheres that pulsate are produced by Michael Eaton, who plays tenor and soprano sax with a core team of Brad Whiteley/p, Daniel Ori/b, Shareef Taher/dr and a collection of wide ranging guests that include guitarist Lionel Loueke and Brittany Anjou on vibes. The album is divided into … Read More

JAZZ JOURNAL: Vanessa Rubin’s “The Dream Is You” Reviewed

June 17, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

by Bruce Crowther, Jazz Journal The subtitle of the record is Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron. A highly significant presence in jazz, if perhaps more for his composing, teaching and influence than for his performances, Dameron’s valuable contribution is effectively spotlighted with the 12 songs presented here; all of them originate, either alone or in … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Ellen Rowe’s “Momentum: Portraits of Women in Motion”

June 13, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

George Harris, Jazz Weekly Subtitled “Portraits of Women in Music,” this album has pianist Ellen Rowe with a double x chromosome team of Tia Fuller/as, Virginia Meyhew/ts, Lissa p arrott/bs, Janelle Reichman/cl, Ingrid Jensen/tp, Melissa Gardiner/tb, Marion Hayden-Marlene Rosenberg/b and Allison Miller/dr dedicating songs to various women of culture. A deep tribute to the late … Read More

REVIEW: Glide Magazine Reviews Gerry Gibbs’ “Our People”

June 12, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine This is the twelfth album from Gerry Gibbs, the multi-instrumental leader of his trio Thrasher People. Unlike anything he has ever produced before, this epic, 19-part suite pays tribute to many cultures throughout the world, thus the title Our People.  It sounds like a full orchestra when in fact it is the … Read More