Reviews of “A Life Between” by Chase Baird and “Quintet” by Roxy Coss here.
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
by Phil Freeman, New York City Jazz Record
by Mark Keresman and Suzanne Lorge, New York City Jazz Record
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
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
Jazz Views with CJ Shearn In jazz, the tradition of giving new and up and coming players education on the bandstand is precious. Art Blakey did it, Miles Davis did it, Elvin Jones, among many others. Veteran trumpeter Wallace Roney continues the tradition bestowed on him from the valuable lessons he learned from Davis, Dizzy … Read More
George Harris, Jazz Weekly You can argue until you’re blue in the face as to why the best jazz harpists have been women such as Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby, but you’re going to want to add Brandee Younger to your list, as this album is a rich sauce of sounds. Younger’s touch on the … Read More