Midwest Record Reviews Ed Neumeister’s “Wake Up Call”, Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano’s “Compassion” and Steve Bilodeau’s “Sun Through the Rain”

June 12, 2017Reviews

by Chris Spector, Midwest Record MEISTERO ED NEUMEISTER & HIS NEUHAT ENSEMBLE/Wake Up Call: Focusing on his skills as an arranger and conductor more than his playing and writing, this set stands toe to toe with anything cats like Bill Holman were gloriously doing post Kenton. An engrossing kind of date with a scad of … Read More

Improvijazzation Nation Reviews Rotem Sivan’s “Antidote”

June 7, 2017Features, Reviews

Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation An absolutely splendid high-energy jazz guitarist, Rotem has (of course) been reviewed in these pages before (issue # 148), where he got high marks from my ears!  On this most current release, which will hit the streets in July 2017, he and his cohorts give you one of the most mellow … Read More

Improvijazzation Reviews BJ Jansen’s “Common Ground”

June 7, 2017Reviews

Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation This upcoming release from B.J. Jansen hits the streets on the 23rd of June, 2017, and if you love well-played high-energy jazz, this will fill the bill, to be sure… just listen to the rhythm-laden “Street Walk” to get a clear aural picture of just how much these fantastic players can … Read More

Jazz da Gama Reviews Jarrett Cherner’s “Expanding Heart”

June 2, 2017Reviews

Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama This music by Jarrett Cherner is innovative and profound, and while Cherner makes everything he plays sing with bardic lyricism and echo with lush textures, his ability to make the heart beat faster and the blood run warmer supersedes everything else on the record. Thus “Meditations” – all three … Read More

Jazz Trail Reviews Don Braden & Joris Teepe’s “Conversations”

June 2, 2017Reviews

Filipe Freitas, Jazz Trail Clearly sailing on the same waters, bassist Joris Teepe and saxophonist Don Braden, who first met in 1992 at a session in NYC and discovered many compatibilities in their musical processes, converse with prodigious fluency and articulated precision on their new album, Conversations. Following up the previous Pay As You Earn, … Read More

Chicago Reader Reviews Meridian Trio’s debut Album “Triangulum”

June 2, 2017Reviews

by Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader Alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella is one the city’s most focused improvisers, a fervent student of jazz history and a staunch adherent of avant-garde tradition. He’s not a conceptualist. He likes form, function, and resolution, so at times he appears conventional within the context of Chicago’s shape-shifting jazz and improv scene. … Read More