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

UK Vibe Reviews Sam Javitch’s “People and Places”

May 9, 2018Features, Reviews

David Izen, UK Vibe Sam Javitch is a New York City based jazz pianist and composer who has been performing jazz since age 11. Sam regularly performs with various ensembles in and around New York City. He has studied with Mulgrew Miller, Garry Dial, James Weidman, Harold Mabern, Cecil Bridgewater, Russ Lossing, Andy Milne, Gerald … Read More

Jazz Weekly Reviews Sharel Cassity’s “Evolve”

May 9, 2018Features, Reviews

George Harris, Jazz Weekly Soulful smooth sounds are emitted by Sharel Cassity, who plays soprano, alto and tenor sax as well as flute along with a core team of Mark Whitfield/g, Miki Hayama/key, Linda Oh/b Jonathan Barber-Lucianna Padmore/dr and a collection of guests. On alto, she teams with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen to d a post … Read More

Jazz Weekly Reviews Joanna Wallfisch’s “Blood & Bone”

May 9, 2018Features, Reviews

George Harris, Jazz Weekly Singer/Songwriter Joanna Wallfisch mixes and matches moods, telling stories like a minstrel on this latest album. She plays flute, piano, Wurlitzer an dukulele, joining with Jesse Elder/key, Pablo Menares/b, Kenneth Salters/dr, Elias Meister/g, Jared Engel/banj and Wayne Tucker/tp. She can get dreamy-eyed with piano and guitar on “the Ship” and goes … Read More

Jazz Quad Reviews Adi Meyerson’s “Where We Stand”

May 9, 2018Features, Reviews

Leonid Auskern, Jazz Quad Сан-Франциско – Иерусалим – Нью-Йорк: так выглядит географически жизненный путь басистки и композитора Эйди Мейерсон. Родилась она в самом красивом городе Калифорнии, так что по рождению является американкой. Однако, когда Эйди было только два года, ее семья перебралась на ПМЖ в Израиль, так что росла она и формировала свои музыкальные вкусы … Read More

Jazz Quad Reviews Geof Bradfield’s “Yes, and…Music For Nine Improvisers”

May 9, 2018Features, Reviews

Leonid Auskern, Jazz Quad Имя самого Джофа Брэдфилда и некоторых его коллег по записи альбома Yes, and… Music for Nine Improvisers наши читатели могли встречать и раньше в обзорах работ чикагских джазовых музыкантов, например, Festival (2016) Мэтта Юлери. Техасец по рождению, Брэдфилд уже давно живет в Чикаго, преподает в Университете Северного Иллинойса, много играет с … Read More

Textura Reviews Sam Javitch’s “People and Places”

May 9, 2018Features, Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura In paying tribute to mentors and friends, People and Places is very much about key figures in Sam Javitch’s life and the appreciation he feels for the difference they’ve made. Among those honoured by the NYC-based Javitch on his follow-up to 2014’s solo piano set Train to Nowhere are pianists Mulgrew Miller and James Weidman, tenor … Read More

NEW RELEASE: Flutist and Composer Itai Kriss Announces Release of “TELAVANA”

May 7, 2018Event Announcement, Special Announcement

Israeli flutist and composer Itai Kriss is proud to announce the Saturday, July 7th release of his highly anticipated sophomore album Telavana. Presenting the dynamic sound of his eponymously-named esteemed ensemble, Kriss bridges the musical spheres of the Middle East and the Caribbean by combining Timba, Soul, North African music and Jazz to create a … Read More