Midwest Record Reviews Rotem Sivan’s “Antidote”

May 27, 2017Reviews

Chris Spector, Midwest Record Even international guitar masters get to experience heartbreak every so often like the rest of us. A suite written in reaction to his long time girl friend dumping him, this isn’t a satchel of bleeding heart, down tempo grooves, it often sounds more like a celebration. Right in the classic George … Read More

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