Midwest Record Reviews Kristina Koller’s “Perception”

April 7, 2018Features, Reviews

Chris Spector, Midwest Record She’s not jazz, she’s not cabaret and she’s not married to the vocal chestnuts, but she covers all these waterfronts in her own unique way. Having the advantage of youth on her side, she can freely genre splice without any of the baggage that an older diva might have to deal … Read More

Goldmine Magazine Features Arnan Raz’ “Chains of Stories”

April 4, 2018Features, Reviews

Mike Greenblatt, Goldmine Magazine Israeli tenor saxophonist/composer Arnan Raz has followed up his impressive 2016 Second To The Left debut with Chains of Stories (Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit Records). He shares the front line with the amazing alto saxophonist Eyal Hai. Between them both, a high-flying peekaboo twin-sax aesthetic emerges: palpably exciting and swoon-worthy as they alternately twirl and dance together, be … Read More

Revive Music Premieres “Airport” from Jonathan Barber’s Upcoming Album “Vision Ahead”

April 2, 2018Features, Premiere, Reviews

DanMichael Reyes, Revive Music Audio: Jonathan Barber Reworks Eldar Djangirov’s “Airport” You’ll want to remember the name Jonathan Barber. The young drummer was voted as the Best Up & Coming drummer in the Modern Drummer Reader’s Poll. It comes to no surprise as Barber has shared the stage and studio with numerous artists ranging from Erkyah Badu, … Read More

Jazz Artistry Now Reviews Sharel Cassity’s “Evolve”

April 2, 2018Features, Reviews

Scott Yanow, Jazz Artistry Now During the past decade, Sharel Cassity has built up a strong reputation as an excellent alto and soprano-saxophonist who plays forward-looking modern jazz. Evolve is a bit of a change for her. Born in Iowa City, Sharel Cassity grew up in Yukon, Oklahoma. She moved to New York in 2000 (relocating to Chicago in 2017) and … Read More

All About Jazz Reviews Sharel Cassity’s “Evolve”

April 2, 2018Features, Reviews

C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz Multireedist Sharel Cassity and her Elektra project step away from her previous standards and straight jazz projects ( Just for You (DW Records, 2009); Relentless (DW Records, 2012); Manhattan Romance(Venus Records, 2014)) in the same way that Nora Germain did with her recently released Nora(Self Produced, 2017). She steps away in a big way taking several of her contemporaries … Read More

Jazz Quad Reviews Sam Javitch Quartet’s “People and Places”

March 30, 2018Features, Reviews

Leonid Auskern, Jazz Quad While the most important soloist in Javitch’s ensemble is certainly Perry, the leader himself [Javitch] performs many bright solos. I would especially like to mention the work of the rhythm section.  In addition to Adrian and Matt’s supportive roles, Javitch provided them with the opportunity to actively interact and improvise. Particularly … Read More

Jazz Weekly Features Arnan Raz’ “Chains of Stories”

March 29, 2018Features, Reviews

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Sounds that are up to the moment with a nod to tradition… Tenor saxist Arnan Raz brings together a lithe team of Eyal Hai/as, Daniel Meron/p, Tamir Shmerling/b and Dani Danor/dr for a collection of lyrical originals. Both Raz and Hai have vintage Old School warm tones, and they meld … Read More