Andrew Jervis, Bandcamp Weekly Guests NY-based harpist Brandee Younger and Brownswood Recording’s Skinny Pelembe make music between the lines. Listen to full interview here.
by Larry Blumenfeld, Wall Street Journal Were he still alive, Art Blakey would turn 100 on Oct. 11. The drummer, a singular force in jazz, died in 1990 at age 71. The Jazz Messengers, the group Blakey led for more than three decades, defined a style often called “hard bop” and helped shape a yet … Read More
Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times G. Calvin Weston, ‘Dust and Ash’ Ralph Peterson, ‘Blues March’ Both of these drummers are in their late 50s, each boasts a hard-charging, wall-shaking style, and they both have new albums out today. In the 1980s Peterson was apprenticed to the straight-ahead jazz icon Art Blakey, while Weston was … Read More
Lorens Chuno, Doing Jazz Podcast Harpist Brandee Younger’s latest release, Soul Awakening, is a collection of 8 well executed compositions, complete with easily felt energy and introspection. Join Brandee and Lorens as they talk about Beyonce, harp pedals, and other things. (Song credits: Games, Respected Destroyer, Soul Awakening, Blue Nile, Save the Children, and Love’s … Read More
Eric Wendell, Hot House BUSHWICK PUBLIC HOUSE/JUNE 3RD Soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome is a prime example of what a modern jazz musician can achieve, with his tone beautifully balancing post-bop characteristics and outside-the-box extended techniques. After cutting his teeth with trumpeters Donald Byrd, Terence Blanchard and others, Sam’s work took a giant leap with the … Read More
George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly The title of this album fits well, as pianist Ben Winkelman creates a symbiotic balance between interplay and soloing with bassist Matt Penman and drummer Obed Calvaire on this ten song collection of originals plus a cover. Of the latter, Thelonious Monk’s “Bye-Ya” is a crisp and spacious rendition, while … Read More
Mike Jurkovic, All About Jazz Recorded loud and live at the Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, CT, Ralph Peterson—the last drummer to play side-by-side with the incomparable Art Blakey—delivers an unstoppable two-disc hyperdrive swing-fest celebration of his mentor with Legacy Alive, Volume 6 at the Side Door. Read more here.
Andy Hazell, UK Vibe Had he still been among us Art Blakey would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. One of Jazz’s greatest ever drummers, Blakey and his group, the Jazz Messengers, left us not only a sizeable discography including classic albums like “Moanin’” and “Mosaic”, but also nurtured generations of top jazz players. … Read More
By: Selwyn Harris, Jazz Wise Canadian double-bassist Haines’ touching folky orchestrations pay tribute to the songwriters of his homeland including Neil Young (an unexpectedly likable swinging versions of ‘Harvest Moon’), Kim Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, and feature highly feted singer-songwriter Becca Stevens.
By: George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Chiara Izzi sings to the accompaniment of Kevin Hays/key-p, Rob Jost/b-frh, Greg Joseph/dr, Rogerio Boccato/perc, Chris Potter/ts-ss, Gregoire Maret/harm, Nir Felder/g and Omer Avital/oud on this eclectic mix of folk, bohemia and jazz. She does wonders with a personal read of Pat Metheny’s “James” teamed with Maret, and seamlessly … Read More