REVIEW: Textura Reviews Brent Birckhead’s, “BIRCKHEAD”

April 8, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura Brent Birckhead recorded his debut as a leader during a single six-hour session, one reason perhaps why the performances exude such intensity. While BIRCKHEAD isn’t a straight-up blowing session, it certainly presents the alto saxophonist as a player of formidable facility and imagination; however else his playing might be described, tentative definitely doesn’t apply. … Read More

REVIEW: JazzTimes Reviews Jeff Coffin & Dave Liebman’s “On the Corner Live! The Music of Miles Davis!

April 8, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Bill Meredith, JazzTimes Of the many debate-prompting releases from Miles Davis’ shape-shifting career, On the Corner (1972) may top the list. The trumpeter admitted the music was influenced by funk artists like James Brown and Sly & the Family Stone, the result being an album rooted more in rhythm than electric studio predecessors like Bitches Brew or Jack Johnson. The … Read More

REVIEW: Ellen Rowe Octet’s “Momentum: Portraits of Women in Motion” Reviewed by All About Jazz

April 6, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz Ellen Rowe Octet Momentum: Portraits of Women in Motion Smokin’ Sleddog Records 2019 Pianist/composer Ellen Rowe’s recording Momentum: Portraits of Women in Motion is a concept recording similar to Miles Davis‘s Birth of the Cool sides recorded in the late ’40s. Both projects use “little big bands” whose … Read More

LEAD STORY: Textura Reviews & Interviews Steve Haines!

April 5, 2019Interviews, Press Reel, Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura REVIEW: Steve Haines and the Third Floor Orchestra: Steve Haines and the Third Floor Orchestra Justin Time Records Many albums impress; a scant few dazzle. This extraordinary set by Steve Haines is one such instance, a recording so special one hardly knows where to begin. A few details first: he’s a Canadian-born double … Read More