REVIEW: Sumitra’s ‘Bittersweet’ Reviewed by Musical Memoirs

September 8, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs Sumitra,piano/voice/composer; Brian Blade,drums/voice; Carlitos del Puerto, bass; Alex Machacek,guitars/strings. Sumitra has a light, second-soprano tone that twinkles above her piano playing in a more pop than jazz vocal presentation. The first tune and the title of this album, “Bittersweet” is more jazz than the second song that is clearly … Read More

REVIEW: Chase Baird’s ‘A Life Between’ Reviewed by Musical Memoirs

September 8, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs Chase Baird,saxophone/composer/producer; Antonio Sanchez, drums; Brad Mehldau,piano; Nir Felder,guitar; Dan Chmielinski,bass. From the modern, contemporary art CD cover to the contemporary jazz music on disc, Chase Baird uses his composer credentials and saxophone talent to present “A Life Between.” The introduction to his tune, “Ripcord” sounds like rock music, … Read More

REVIEW: Brandee Younger’s ‘Soul Awakening’ Reviewed by Jazziz

September 8, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: Michael Roberts, Jazziz It may seem unnecessary to emphasize that the chief reason to pay attention to Brandee Younger’s Soul Awakening is its music. After all, the accompanists include numerous well-known players working at the top of their form, and the arrangements feel fresh thanks largely to the leadership role of Younger, whose ax of choice … Read More

THE KEEPER OF THE FLAME: Jazziz Features Ralph Peterson in ‘Art Appreciation: A 100th-Anniversary Celebration of Art Blakey’!

September 7, 2019Features, Press Reel

Jazziz Ralph Peterson was one of two drummers to perform with The Jazz Messengers, having been hand-picked by Blakey as the second drummer in the legendary bandleader’s Jazz Messenger Big Band, in which he served until Blakey’s death in 1990. Peterson’s résumé includes more than 150 albums as a sideman, with credits on albums by … Read More