REVIEW: Textura Reviews Andy Milne & Dapp Theory’s “The Seasons of Being”

January 30, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura For his latest album, Andy Milne could have assembled a crew of likeminded colleagues and recorded a blowing session of originals and covers. Instead, the pianist, composer, and Dapp Theory bandleader chose to do something a whole lot more ambitious and original: work with the diagnostic principles of homeopathic healing to distill into musical … Read More

REVIEW: Stereogum Reviews Dezron Douglas’ “Black Lion”

January 28, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Phil Freeman, Stereogum Dezron Douglas, Black Lion (Independent/Self-Released) Bassist Dezron Douglas has been a first-call player on the New York scene for years, playing in straightahead hard bop contexts as well as more adventurous, forward-looking groups. He appeared most recently on Makaya McCraven’s Universal Beings, which was Stereogum’s #1 jazz album of 2018. This six-track digital-only EP, which … Read More

REVIEW: The Aquarian Weekly Reviews Gabriel Zucker’s “Weighting”

January 24, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Mike Greenblatt, The Aquarian Weekly As the last of the 2018 CDs dribble forth from my speakers, I would be remiss for letting mere deadlines prevent me from mentioning more of last year’s gems. Weighting (ESP-Disk)—the fourth studio CD by pianist/composer Gabriel Zucker — has drummer Tyshawn Sorey, trumpeter Adam O’Farrill and saxophonist Eric Trudel. It’s a mighty effort … Read More

REVIEW: Textura Reviews Greg Ward & Rogue Parade’s “Stomping Off From Greenwood”

January 21, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura With a cover dominated by graffiti-strewn urban imagery, Stomping Off From Greenwood could be taken for a dusty, hour-long exercise in sample-heavy boom-bap. Instead, it’s the debut outing from Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade, a nascent jazz outfit featuring the alto saxophonist joined by fellow Chicagoans, guitarists Matt Gold and Dave Miller, bassist Matt Ulery, … Read More