REVIEW: Christian Li and Mike Bono’s “Visitors” reviewed by JazzWeekly

February 13, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Pianist/keyboardist Christian Li and guitarist Mike Bono co-lead  rich and lyrical post bop team of Jared Henderson/b, Lee Fish-Jimmy Macbride/dr, Dayna Stephens/ts, Alex Hargreaves/vi and Chris Marion/str through nice warm originals. Gentle thoughts prevail on this album, with Stephens’ warm tenor siging on the serene “Puddles,” cantering with Li’s keys … Read More

REVIEW: Gene Ess’ “Apotheosis” (SIMP) Reviewed by JazzTimes

February 11, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Dan Bilawsky, JazzTimes While several of these songs’ arcs have a triumphant spirit, in keeping with the nature of apotheosis, guitarist Gene Ess isn’t obsessed with peaks and conquest. Reconvening Fractal Attraction, a style-fluid electric quintet with the signature frontline pairing of guitar and (mostly) wordless vocals, Ess continues to build momentum while also digging … Read More

REVIEW: Matt Ulery “Sifting Stars” Reviewed by Jazz Weekly

February 11, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Bassist Matt Ulery leads an intriguing 16 member Sifting Stars Orchestra, combined with a five piece Axiom Brass band to mix woodwinds, voice, strings and horns to a rich ten song album. The large ensemble never sounds cluttered, rather you get luminous Old World strings and  horns teamed with … Read More