Jazz Weekly Reviews BJ Jansen’s “Common Ground”

July 28, 2017Reviews

by George Harris, Jazz Weekly Baritone saxist B.J.Jansen leads a rich hard bop combo with Delfeayo Marsalis/tb, Duane Eubanks/tp, Ralph Peterson/dr, Dezron Douglas/b and Zaccai Curtis/p through a dozen muscular originals. Jansen himself has a strong and bold tone as exemplified on the bluesy “ Carol’s Dream” and richly vibrato’d “Soul Loss” which also includes … Read More

Jazzwise Reviews BJ Jansen’s “Common Ground”

July 26, 2017Reviews

Mike Hobart, Jazzwise The lolloping swing that drives the opening modal blues signals baritone saxophonist BJ Jansen’s mainstream aesthetic, the floaty cover of Frank Stagnitta’s “Carol’s Dream” that follows confirms it. Jansen builds his set on traditional structures and solid well-worn grooves ranging from the sassy 6/8 of “Street Walk” to the cool school swing … Read More

Improvijazzation Nation Reviews Alex Wintz’s “Life Cycle”

July 15, 2017Reviews

Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation One of the sheer joys of doing a review magazine for an old jazzhound like me is getting to hear all the fresh new talent that’s out there, and Alex & his crew (tenor saxophonist Lucas Pino on tenor sax, Jimmy MacBride on percussion, Victor Gould doing piano, and bassists Dave … Read More

Jazz Weekly Reviews Chris McCarthy’s “Sonder”

July 15, 2017Reviews

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Chris McCarthy specializes on the Korg SV-1 keyboard as he leads a quintet of Max Light/g, Simon Willson/b, Jongkuk Kim/dr and vocalist Carrie Furniss through a baker’s half dozen pieces which comprise a “live” suite. The mix of Furniss’s misty voice and McCarthy’s hazy keys makes for some long shadowed … Read More

Next Bop Reviews Rotem Sivan’s “Antidote”

July 12, 2017Reviews

Anthony Dean-Harris, Next Bop Rotem Sivan is one of my favorite guitar players. He’s a nimble player and an engaging composer, and his trio including bassist haggai Cohen Milo and drummer Colin Stranahan are gelling magnificently. The featured songs with vocalist/ukulele player Gracie Terzian are sweet little treats that pop up here and there, giving … Read More

Jazz Trail Reviews Ed Neumeister’s “Wake Up Call”

July 12, 2017Reviews

Filipe Freitas, Jazz Trail Ed Neumeister, a former member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, is a versatile trombonist, composer, arranger, and conductor who debuted The NeuHat Ensemble in 1983. Since then, the reputed band has accommodated several jazz luminaries such as Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, and Don Byron, just to name a few. Subjected to … Read More