REVIEW: Textura Reviews Eden Bareket’s “Night”

January 14, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura The baritone saxophone would seem to be less a wieldy horn than the soprano, alto, and tenor, but on Night the Buenos Aires-born, Israel-raised, and New York-residing Eden Bareket plays with a remarkable degree of agility. With the saxist joined by his brother Or on bass and Felix Lecaros on drums, the nine-track set, … Read More

REVIEW: Textura Reviews Gabriel Zucker’s “Weighting”

January 10, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura Appropriately for a recording so titled, Weighting presents music of such raw, elemental force it often feels like it’s welled up from the earth like a geophysical event. Drummer Tyshawn Sorey, trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, and saxophonist Eric Trudel perform pianist Gabriel Zucker’s compositions with an at times volcanic intensity, though they also play with … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Gene Ess’ “Apotheosis” and Ralph Peterson’s Gen-Next Big Band’s “I Remember Bu”

January 10, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

George Harris, Jazz Weekly Leader Gene Ess plays guitar and synth as he brings together the pastoral team of Thana Alexa/voc, Sebastien Ammann/p, Yosushi Nakamura/b and Clarence Penn/dr to interpret his own rich compositions. Alexa sounds wonderful as she uses her wordless voice away from hubby Antonio Sanchez to give lovely textures to the soft … Read More

DOWNBEAT EDITORS’ PICKS: Ellen Rowe’s “Momentum, Portraits Of Women In Motion” & Greg Ward’s “Stomping Off From Greenwood”

January 8, 2019Features, Press Reel, Reviews

Ellen Rowe Octet Momentum, Portraits Of Women In Motion (Smokin’ Sleddog) J.D. Considine, Downbeat There are two ways a listener might understand Ellen Rowe’s ambitious new album, Momentum, Portraits Of Women In Motion. One would be to consider the concept, in which Rowe pays tribute to great women of politics, music and sports, and the fact that … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Russ Johnson’s “Headlands”

January 7, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly The liner notes of this album by trumpeter Russ Johnson state that the music is “intended to be listened to in its entirety.” This makes sense, as the dozen songs create a suite-like feel with segues produced by solo improvisations by the composer and the remaining team of Rob Clearfield/key, … Read More

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

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