Jazz Trail Features Meridian Trio’s “Triangulum”

May 24, 2017Reviews

Filipe Freitas, Jazz Trail Alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella, an Illinois native, gains more and more prominence in the expansive Chicago jazz scene. In addition to other recent projects, which include an album in duo with cellist Tomeka Reid, Mazzarella is the composer of Meridian Trio, a sturdy triangular cohort whose bottom vortexes are occupied by … Read More

Jazz Lands Features Don Braden & Joris Teepe’s “Conversations” as their Disk of the Day

May 24, 2017Features, Reviews

Philip Booth, Jazz Lands Bassist Joris Teepe and tenor saxophonist Don Braden, musical collaborators for nearly a quarter century, demonstrate their synchronicity on this collection of mostly trio pieces, with drummers Gene Jackson and Matt Wilson joining on various tracks. It takes sustained creativity and ingenuity to keep things interesting and musically provocative in a … Read More

Musical Memoirs Features and Interviews Kathy Kosins

May 23, 2017Features

Dee Dee McNeil, Musicalmemoirs’s Blog AN ARTIST INTERVIEW WITH KATHY KOSINS You can’t just call Kathy Kosins a jazz singer, because her artistry touches all genres of music, from her roots in the soul and R&B music of Motown, to the smooth sultry West Coast jazz singers she emulated on her CD, “Ladies of Cool”. … Read More

Stereogum Features Nick Mazzarella & Tomeka Reid’s “Signaling”

May 19, 2017Features

Phil Freeman, Stereogum Tomeka Reid pops up again on this duo album, recorded with alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella. They’re both Chicago-based, and this is a tribute to the Midwestern avant-garde of the 1970s, specifically taking inspiration from the creative relationship between Julius Hemphill and Abdul Wadud. Wadud’s cello, used in place of a bass, made … Read More

Nick Mazzarella & Tomeka Reid’s “Signaling” Receives a 4.5 Star Review from All About Jazz

May 12, 2017Reviews

Troy Dostert, All About Jazz On this captivating, fully-improvised duo recording by alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and cellist Tomeka Reid, we find a superlative example of two leading-edge musicians who continue to draw vital inspiration from their forbears. Reid, a contributing member of the hugely influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), has … Read More

Dusted Reviews Nick Mazzarella & Tomeka Reid’s “Signaling”

May 11, 2017Reviews

Derek Taylor, Dusted Nick Mazzarella and Tomeka Reid acknowledge and embrace the obvious right away on Signaling with an arresting opening number “Blues for Julius and Abdul” that honors two pioneers of the duo format they favor. Hemphill and Wadud put alto and cello tandems on the musical map with their various concerts and recordings … Read More