REVIEW: Aquarian Weekly Reviews Jonathan Barber’s “Vision Ahead”

June 28, 2018Features, Reviews

Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly Drummer/Composer/Producer/Vocalist Jonathan Barber has self-released and splash-landed Vision Ahead, the kind of genre-splicing debut that stands out immaculately on its own. Inspired by the 2016 tragic death of his brother, Barber got it together in his grief to look forward. His septet spirals upward in an escalating roller coaster of post-bop, funk and soul … Read More

REVIEW: JazzBuzz (Greece) Reviews Adison Evans’ “Meridian”

June 25, 2018Features, Reviews

Vangelis Aragiannis, Jazz Buzz Οι εξαντλητικές υποχρεώσεις από τη συνεργασία της με μεγάλα ονόματα της μουσικής βιομηχανίας, όπως η Beyoncéκαι ο Jay Z, οδήγησαν τη σαξοφωνίστρια Adison Evans να κάνει δεύτερο σπίτι της το Asciano, ένα μικρό ορεινό χωριό της Τοσκάνης. Καθόλου εύκολη απόφαση για μια κοπέλα της ηλικίας της (μόλις 27 ετών), που είναι ακόμη στην αρχή της … Read More

NEW RELEASE: Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet to Release “LONDON LIVE” 9/6 on Artists Recording Collective

June 25, 2018Special Announcement

  Jeff “Siege” Siegel Announces Release of New Album “London Live” Featuring The Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet Due Out September 6, 2018 on Artists Recording Collective (ARC) Release Shows: August 28: John Birks Gillespie Theater – B’ahai Center of New York, NYC September 6: Release Show at Zinc Bar, NYC September 8: Albany Riverfront Jazz … Read More

INTERVIEW: KCRW Interviews Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s Oscar Hernández

June 25, 2018Interviews, Radio/Podcasts

Tom Schnabel, KCRW I’ve followed the career of Oscar Hernández for over 30 years, beginning with his work as pianist and arranger for Rubén Blades’s brilliant and still-timely album Buscando America (Searching for America). Fifteen years ago, the Bronx-born Hernández founded the 13-piece outfit known as the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO), an incredible tropical Latin big band which has won two Grammy … Read More

CHICAGO READER: Geof Bradfield Takes Inspiration from Chicago Comedy Culture and French Composer Olivier Messiaen on his Latest Project

June 21, 2018Features, Reviews

Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader In his typical fashion, reedist, composer, and bandleader Geof Bradfield deployed a veritable notebook of conceptual conceits when writing and formulating his new album Yes, and . . . Music for Nine Improvisers (Delmark). The title refers to a comedic device famously devised by the iconic Chicago improv troupe the Compass Players to propel bits forward and … Read More