REVIEW: Vivian Sessoms’ “LIFE II” Reviewed by Musical Memoirs

June 22, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs A CD REVIEW FOR BLACK MUSIC MONTH BY Dee Dee McNeil/Jazz Journalist VIVIAN SESSOMS – “LIFE ii” ropeadope Records Vivian Sessoms, vocals/producer/arranger; Chris Parks, bass/producer/arranger/electric piano/ programmer/keys; Shedrick Mitchell, piano/organ/arranger; Christian Gates, keys/programming;/ guitar/drum programming; Dave Archer, keys; Sherrod Barnes & Mark Whitefield, guitar; Donald Edwards, Eric Brown & … Read More

REVIEW: UK Vibe Reviews Brandee Younger’s “Soul Awakening”

June 21, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

by Imran Mirza, UK Vibe ☆☆☆☆☆ ‘Soul Awakening’ is the brand new sophomore album release from classically trained harpist Brandee Younger. With each passing year, the Hempstead, New York, native seems to see her star increasingly rise – having graduated from the University of Hartford and New York University with degrees in Harp Performance and … Read More

REVIEW: All About Jazz Reviews Brandee Younger’s “Soul Awakening”

June 21, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

by Mike Jurkovic, All About Jazz ☆☆☆☆ Sure the recording for Soul Awakening was completed in 2013, but we are more than fortunate that harpist Brandee Younger and producer/bassist Dezron Douglas have chosen now to free this music from the vaults. For Soul Awakening brings a defining clarity to what we’ve experienced on previous releases, such as the raw, groove/fusion of … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Skip Wilkins’ “Czech Wishes”

June 20, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

George Harris, Jazz Weekly Pianist and composer Skip Wilkins mixes rich Eastern European themes with modern swing as he features tenor saxist Daniel Wilkins in a bopping band with Miroslav Hioucal/tp-fh, Tomas Baros/b and Marek Urbanek/dr. The front line of horns is bright and crisp as on snappy pieces like the crackling “The Box-Checkers” and … Read More

REVIEW: Glide Magazine Reviews Aaron Whitby’s “Cousin From Another Planet”

June 20, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine AWARD-WINNING AARON WHITBY DELIVERS HIS DEBUT AS BANDLEADER WITH FUNK, FUSION, AND PROG ON ‘COUSIN FROM ANOTHER PLANET’ (ALBUM REVIEW) London-born, current Brooklyn resident Aaron Whitby handles too many roles to fit in a convenient headline, so we’ll lead with his credits as producer, composer, songwriter, pianist, engineer and educator. Cousin From Another Planet (Ropeadope) is … Read More

NEW JAZZ ADDS: WTJU Features Michael Eaton’s “Dialogical”

June 18, 2019Features, Press Reel

Dave Rogers, WTJU Tenor and soprano saxophonist Michael Eaton offers this session with other voices in the “dialogical” which is defined as  “thinking that involves a dialogue or extended exchange between different points of view or frames of reference”. ( These performances are fascinating and often delightful. Eaton’s quartet features Brad Whiteley (piano), Daniel Ori … Read More