Dan Bruce’s “Earthshine” Receives a 4 Star Review from All About Jazz

September 28, 2017Reviews

Troy Dostert, All About Jazz On the first listen, it’s easy to fall under the sway of the sweetness of Dan Bruce’s silky guitar tone, only to miss the substance at the heart of his music. Just as similar guitarists like Ben Monder or Kurt Rosenwinkel possess a generous, accessible sound with an exploratory edge, Bruce brings a finely-polished … Read More

BJ Jansen’s “Common Ground” Receives a 4.5 Star review from All About Jazz

September 26, 2017Reviews

Matthew Acquiline, All About Jazz Cincinnati-born baritone saxophonist B.J. Jansen’s tenth album is titled Common Ground for good reason: his sextet consists of NEA Jazz Master trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, drummer Ralph Peterson, trumpeter Duane Eubanks, pianist Zaccai Curtis, and bassist Dezron Douglas—all of whom revel in improvisation. His group’s shared affinity for jazz in the straight-ahead vein compelled Jansen to employ a … Read More

Midwest Record Reviews Jared Hall’s “Hallways”

September 25, 2017Reviews

Chris Spector, Midwest Record A tyro set by a trumpet cat the label owner is too cool to call a protégé instead insisting he’s a mentoree. All on board are a little long in tooth to really be called tyros, but these young lions have already jazzed it up with august personages and peerages and … Read More

Midwest Record Reviews Rob Schneiderman’s “Tone Twister”

September 25, 2017Reviews

Chris Spector, Midwest Record So, when is a math genius not a math genius? I don’t know, that just seemed like a good lede. Math genius Schneiderman, who plays like anything but an egghead but uses math in an obvious musical way, serves up his first date in a decade with a smoking jazzbo crew … Read More

Stereogum Features Darren Barrett’s “The Opener”

September 22, 2017Features, Reviews

Phil Freeman, Stereogum Trumpeter Darren Barrett lives in the zone between jazz and modern R&B/funk; he’s played with Herbie Hancock and in Roy Hargrove’s big band, but has also worked with Common, D’Angelo and will.i.am. This album marks the debut of his band dB-ish, an electro-fusion ensemble that includes saxophonists Clay Lyons and Erena Terakubo, … Read More

O’s Place Reviews Jorginho Neto Collective’s “Harlem”

September 15, 2017Reviews

D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place Trombonist Jorginho Neto leads his Brazilian band Collective into American contemporary jazz with urban beats and lots of soul! They set the stage with “Prelúdio” marrying excerpts from Martin Luther King with “Amazing Grace”. “Mr. Dave” has a cool funky groove and “777” continues along that line with a throwback feel … Read More

Aquarian Weekly Includes Darren Barrett’s “The Opener” in Their “Rant ‘n’ Roll” Feature

September 15, 2017Features, Reviews

Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly The Opener by Darren Barrett and dB-ish fuses planty of elements. Barrett os a trumpeter, keyboardist, percussionist, composer, arranger, band leader, head of his own dB Studios label and Berklee professor who has always been adventurous in his musical outings. Here, though, he’s set a new bar way high what with … Read More