Modern Drummer Reviews The Baylor Project’s “The Journey”

April 27, 2017Reviews

Robin Tolleson, Modern Drummer A former Yellowjacket and his creative/life partner drop a funky and finely detailed collection that isn’t shy to show a little tenderness or to head down lots of creative avenues. As the album-opening “Block Party” heats up into a joyous gospel jump, Marcus Baylor romps all around the handclaps, then solos … Read More

All About Jazz Reviews Alex Wintz’s “LifeCycle”

April 22, 2017Reviews

by Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz Life cycles mark and determine how we develop, where we travel, and why we arrive and thrive in different places, figuratively and literally, at any given time. That’s the point that guitarist Alex Wintz’s music makes here, as this project takes its cues from the larger natural theme while … Read More

Jazz Trail Reviews Alex Wintz’s Debut Album “Life Cycle”

April 20, 2017Reviews

Filipe Freitas, Jazz Trail Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Alex Wintz is an emergent young guitarist whose musical approach has been requested for ambitious projects led by Etienne Charles, Nick Finzer, Ben Williams, and Lucas Pino. With them, Wintz has developed a solid maturity that is now passed to Life Cycle, his … Read More

Midwest Record Reviews Alex Wintz’s “Life Cycle”

April 19, 2017Features, Reviews

Chris Spector, Midwest Record A smart, rising jazz guitarist that knows how to pick the right pals and give them room to do their thing checks in with a sizzling, straight ahead date that was made for letting listening to it be your prime directive.  Swinging and full blooded throughout, this is a zesty set … Read More

Textura Reviews “The Tenth Muse”

April 19, 2017Reviews

By Ron Schepper, Textura  For his sophomore album The Tenth Muse, New York City-based trumpeter Matt Holman drew for inspiration from the Ancient Greek poetry of Sappho (as translated by Anne Carson). Interestingly, he was introduced to the poet’s work by his wife when they were courting and found himself immediately enthralled by the power and … Read More

Step Tempest Reviews Matt Holman’s “The Tenth Muse”

April 14, 2017Reviews

by Richard Kamins, Step Tempest Music and poetry are often intertwined; whether it’s through the turn of the lyrical phrase or the message of the verse, poetry has a rhythm that speaks to many people. Trumpeter and composer Matt Holman was introduced to the Greek poet Sappho (630-550 B.C) by his wife in the early … Read More

All About Jazz Reviews Mark Whitfield’s “Grace”

April 9, 2017Reviews

Troy Dostert, All About Jazz Since his first album as a leader in 1990, guitarist Mark Whitfield has been simultaneously pulled in two directions. Early on, many dubbed him the heir-apparent to George Benson, and on his first several records he offered plenty of evidence to support this assessment with his smooth, laid-back sound and … Read More

Matt Holman’s “The Tenth Muse” Receives a 4.5 Star Review from All About Jazz

April 8, 2017Reviews

Matthew Acquiline, All About Jazz New York City-based trumpeter and composer Matt Holman cut his teeth performing and recording with distinguished musicians such as Fred Hersch, John Hollenbeck, and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society before displaying his personal aesthetic of atmospheric chamber jazz with his debut album When Flooded in 2013. More recently, Holman found … Read More

Jazz Weekly Reviews Mike Casey’s “The Sound of Surprise”

April 5, 2017Reviews

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Mike Casey plays alto and tenor sax along with the Spartan and free support of Corey Garcia/dr and Matt Dwonszyk/b for a mix of originals and post bop covers. The rhythm team has fun on “Mack The Knife”  while the drummer bears down hard to create a groove for Casey’s … Read More

Jazz da Gama Reviews Mark Whitfield’s “Grace”

April 5, 2017Reviews

Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama After fourteen celebrated albums, Mark Whitfield has been considered at the top of his game for a very long time; a true acolyte of his great teacher, George Benson. Most followers and even other Jazz music cognoscenti seem to recall each of his albums. But just so we never … Read More