Bass Player Magazine Features Adi Meyerson’s Forthcoming Debut Release “Where We Stand”

May 15, 2018Features, Reviews

Jon D’Auria, Bass Player Magazine Bassist and composer Adi Meyerson is proud to announce the June 5threlease of her debut album Where We Stand. Alongside the distinct stylings of special guest vocalist and guitarist Camila Meza, Where We Stand features stalwart tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, pianist Mike King and drummer Kush Abadey. Where We Stand, signified by the title track, and as a whole, represents times of … Read More

Jazz Weekly Reviews Don Braden’s “Earth Wind and Wonder”

May 14, 2018Features, Reviews

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Other artists have tapped into the Motown/R&B songbook, but Don Braden does it most successfully here, focusing on the songs of Earth Wind and Fire along with Stevie Wonder. He alternates quartets between Brandon McCune-Art Hirahara/p, Kenny Davis-Joris Teepe/b and Cecil Brooks III-Jeremy Warren/dr with percussionist Kahlil Kwame Bell added … Read More

WBGO’s Take Five Features Jonathan Barber’s “Vision Ahead”

May 14, 2018Features, Reviews

Nate Chinen, WBGO There’s a good chance you’ve heard Jonathan Barber in groups led by Jeremy Pelt, J.D. Allen or Christian Sands. His focused fire and dynamism recently led to his recognition as “Best Up & Coming Drummer” in the 2018 Modern Drummer Readers Poll. Now comes Vision Ahead, which he just released on his own label — a debut … Read More

Step Tempest Reviews Meg Okura’s “NPO Trio – Live at The Stone” & “IMA IMA”

May 11, 2018Features, Reviews

Richard Kamins, Step Tempest NPO Trio is Meg Okura(violin), Sam Newsome (soprano saxophone) and Jean-Michel Pilc (piano and its debut is an often dazzling, free-wheeling, improvisational collection titled “Live at The Stone” (Chant Records). Ms Okura, born in Japan, is married to Mr. Newsome and both have known and played with the pianist for the past two decades.  After her move … Read More

O’s Place Reviews Sharel Cassity’s “Evolve”

May 11, 2018Features, Reviews

D. Oscar Groommes, O’s Place Jazz Newsletter O’s Notes: Saxophonist, composer and producer Sharel Cassity assembles a fine collection of musicians to express many of her own reflections. Ingrid Jensen (t), Marcus Printup (t), Mark Whitfield (g) and Linda Oh (b) are just some of musicians who support Cassity on Evolve. The music spans several genres … Read More

Meg Okura’s “NPO Trio – Live at The Stone” Receives a 4 Star Review from All About Jazz

May 10, 2018Features, Reviews

Troy Dostert, All About Jazz Recorded during her week-long residency at The Stone, New York, in 2016, on NPO Trio—Live at the Stone violinist Meg Okura and her colleagues, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc and soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, produce a captivating hour-long set of music. Newsome and Pilc have performed with Okura’s Pan-Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, and the two worked together on their … Read More

Jazz Trail Reviews Meg Okura’s “IMA IMA”

May 10, 2018Features, Reviews

Filipe Freitas, Jazz Trail Japanese violinist Meg Okura records for the fourth time with her Pan-Asian Chamber Ensemble, this time having first-rate improvisers Rez Abbasi and Tom Harrell in the roster, guitarist and trumpeter, respectively. Containing seven original compositions, the album Ima Ima put on view her lucid musical vision as she explores material across the world-fusion … Read More