REVIEW: Jazz Podium (Germany) Reviews Gene Ess’ “Apotheosis”

June 8, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Alexander Schmitz, Jazz Podium English translation: That Gene Ess is Japanese, you can see especially on song titles such as “Sands of Time (Okinawa)”, “Tokyo Red”, and “Fireflies of Hiroshima” three out of eight of his compositions on the fourth album of his quintet Fractal Attraction. Otherwise, the New Yorker of choice since 1991, a … Read More

REVIEW: Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy’s “Legacy Alive: Volume 6 At the Side Door” Reviewed by Glide Magazine

June 8, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine Occasionally this writer will return to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers classics: 1964’s Free for All or 1961’s A Night in Tunisia, marvel at the joy and passion of the playing while thinking that we don’t often hear those kinds of fiery performances much anymore. Along comes Ralph Peterson’s … Read More

MODERN JAZZ TODAY: Vivian Sessoms Talks About “Life”!

June 8, 2019Interviews, Press Reel

Susan Frances, Modern Jazz Today Jazz practitioner Vivian Sessoms has made a name for herself as an international vocalist, composer, and arranger.  Three separate skill sets which she employed on her compilation Life, consisting of Life I (released November 2, 2018) and Life II (released May 17, 2019).  She has a lot to say about Life, how the recordings came to … Read More

EDITOR’S PICK: Downbeat Features Lauren Desberg’s “Out For Delivery”

June 7, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Bobby Reed, Downbeat Motown founder Berry Gordy has been credited with the famous quotation, “Don’t bore us—get to the chorus.” It’s a slogan that applies to jazz-pop singer Lauren Desberg’s fat-free, 31-minute release, Out For Delivery. The album, which includes 10 Desberg compositions and two standards, is peppered with four flavorful nuggets that are each fewer … Read More

BLACK GROOVES: Sam Newsome and Brandee Younger Reviewed in Black Grooves

June 7, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Brandee Younger Soul Awakening, Reviewed by Chloe McCormick, Black Grooves Jazz harpist Brandee Younger’s latest album, Soul Awakening, has finally been released nearly seven years after its inception. The album’s eight tracks were recorded in 2012 by the Brandee Younger Quartet under the direction of bassist Dezron Douglas. Showcasing the ensemble’s aptitude for improvisation, spiritual jazz, … Read More