August’s Best Jazz: Bandcamp Daily Features Ben Wolfe’s ‘Mask of the Muse’ in August’s Best Jazz on Bandcamp

September 12, 2019Uncategorized

Bandcamp Daily On his debut, Battle Mountain, Ben Flocks turned loose his own vision of the Americana jazz so closely associated with the legendary Bill Frisell. For his sophomore release, the saxophonist shifts from Americana to the American Songbook, and shows that this change, depending on the context, is one that’s as nuanced as it … Read More

REVIEW: Ben Flocks’ ‘Mask of the Muse’ Reviewed by Textura

September 12, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Ron Schepper, Textura After attending a 2018 Macbeth performance whose mise-en-scène included a smoky bar and recordings of crooners singing old standards, New York saxophonist Ben Flocks was inspired to handpick a dozen classics and recast them in similarly fresh and evocative manner. Issued on his own West Cliff Records label, Mask of the … Read More

REVIEW: Curtis Nowosad’s New Self-Titled Release Reviewed by Festival Peak

September 11, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Carol Banks Weber, Festival Peak Curtis Nowosad’s new, self-titled album overflows with full-bodied, sizzling jazz — and important history lessons about social injustice in this country in five original compositions and three related covers. You know what they say about a “spoonful of sugar…” The Canadian drummer/composer meant for his tunes to mean something, … Read More

REVIEW: The Curtis Brothers: ‘Algorithm’ Reviewed by All About Jazz

September 10, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Troy Dostert, All About Jazz It says something about Art Blakey‘s decades-long mentorship of younger musicians that many of them continue to pay it forward, bringing into maturity a new generation of hard-boppers who are maintaining Blakey’s indomitable spirit. Enter the Curtis Brothers—pianist Zaccai and bassist Luques—who have benefited enormously from the Blakey disciples … Read More