REVIEW: Vanessa Rubin’s “The Dream is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron” Reviewed by Jazz Times

May 16, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Andrew Gilbert, Jazz Times More than a labor of love, The Dream is You is a reckoning, a polished-to-a-sheen tribute to bebop’s greatest orchestral mind, Like Tadd Dameron, vocalist/producer Vanessa Rubin came up in Cleveland, and she’s spent years developing a program devoted to his seminal, often lushly romantic music.  Directed and co-produced by … Read More

REVIEW: JazzTimes Reviews Jordan Pettay’s “First Fruit”

May 14, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

J.D. Considine, JazzTimes Say the words “gospel jazz,” and what comes to mind is likely something along the lines of Nat Adderley’s “Sermonette”: bluesy, down-home, and uplifting. But when saxophonist Jordan Pettay offers her take on “I Surrender All”—a classic hymn that has been recorded by everyone from Mahalia Jackson to Cece Winans to Michael … Read More

REVIEW: JazzViews UK reviews two Woolgathering Records Releases: Matt Ulery’s “Sifting Stars”, and Russ Johnson’s “Headlands.”

May 4, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Chris Baber, JazzViews MATT ULERY – Sifting Stars Woolgathering Records: WR005   Sifting Stars Orchestra – Matt Ulery: double bass, voice; Rob Clearfield: piano; Michael Caskey: percussion; Grazyna Auguseik, Katie Ernst: voice; Yvonne Lam, Jeff Yang: violins; Aurelius Pederzoli: violas; Nick Photinos: cellos; Michael Maccaderri: clarinets; Nathalie Joachim: flutes; Ben Roidl-Ward: bassoons; Andrew Nogal: … Read More