REVIEW: Josean Jacobo’s “CIMARRON” in Caribbean Beat Magazine

September 3, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

by Nigel Campbell, Caribbean Beat  Pianist Josean Jacobo has been heralded as the “Ambassador of Afro-Dominican Jazz,” and with that understanding, the listener must negotiate a minefield of ideas and ideologies on “Dominicanness” and the image of the island as a tourist playground. On Cimarrón, Jacobo, along with the band Tumbao — a unique combo of … Read More

NEW MUSIC MONDAY: Jazziz Features Svetlana’s “Moonlight”

September 2, 2019Premiere, Press Reel

by Matt Micucci, Jazziz Svetlana, “Moonlight” Vocalist Svetlana Shmulyian recorded a version of “Moonlight” for her upcoming album, Night at the Movies, featuring Wycliffe Gordon, Sullivan Fortner, Matt Wilson, Pasquale Grasso and Rogerio Bocatto. The song was originally interpreted by Sting in the 1995 film Sabrina, and is presented here with a pillowy Bossa Nova arrangement by … Read More

JAZZTIMES: Roxy Coss’ ‘Quintet’ Reviewed

September 2, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

by Mike Shanley, Jazz Times  A quick perusal of song titles on Roxy Coss’ latest release might give the impression that she has created a concept album, beginning with “Don’t Cross the Coss,” “Mr. President,” “Free to Be,” and closing with “Females Are Strong as Hell.” While the last title is clearly intended to put … Read More