December 24, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

by Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz Vocalist Martina DaSilva and double bassist Dan Chmielinski have adopted the name “ChimyTina” for their duet project. The focus is on voice and bass, but they welcome some of their closest friends and mentors as guests, including saxophonist Lucas Pino, vibraphonist Joel Ross, bassist Ben Wolfe and guitarist Gabe Schnider . DaSilva harmonizes with herself on “Greensleeves” to open … Read More

REVIEW: La Tanya Hall at Bop Stop by John Chacona

December 23, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By John Chacona Every week, it seems, I get a new CD by female jazz singer, presumably aspiring to a big career. Putting aside the absurdity of that notion, the formula remains the same: collect a few standards, hire some big-name sidemen, spend a lot of a cover photo and hope for the best. Depressingly, … Read More

REVIEW: Celebrate ‘ A Very Chimytina Christmas’ with Martina DaSilva & Dan Chmielinski by WBGO

December 23, 2019Features, Press Reel

By Simon Rentner, WBGO One annual Checkout tradition is to pinpoint innovative takes on the holiday canon This year we welcomed Martina DaSilva and Dan Chmielinski to deliver a lesser-known take of “Greensleeves,” a gorgeous selection from the Brazilian songbook, and a slick arrangement of the blockbuster hit “Last Christmas,” by Wham! All of this … Read More

REVIEW: Musicalmemoirs’s Blog / Santiago Bosch, A Very Chymitina Christmas

December 23, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By Dee Dee McNeil, Musicalmemoirs’s Blog MARTINA DaSILVA, DAN CHMIELINSKI & FRIENDS – “A VERY CHIMYTINA CHRISTMAS” Outside In Music Martina DaSilva, voice; Dan Chmielinski (“Chimy”),bass; Lucas Pino,tenor saxophone; Gabe Schnider,guitar; Ben Wolfe,bass; Joel Ross,vibraphone. This is a lovely production that features vocalist, Marina DaSilva and bassist Dan Chmielinski. It’s a very clean production, with … Read More

BEST OF 2019: Troy Dostert’s Best Releases of 2019 – Gabriel Zucker

December 23, 2019Best of 2019, Press Reel

By Troy Dostert, All About Jazz   Gabriel Zucker Weighting ESP-Disk With Rachel Kushner’s whirlwind novel Flamethrowers for inspiration, pianist Zucker creates a compelling, mysterious world that is as beautiful as it is elusive. Moments of bracing intensity emerge, fueled by Tyshawn Sorey‘s percussive flurries and Zucker’s powerful flourishes; but it’s the two-horn team of … Read More

BEST OF 2019: Brandee Younger by Brian Kiwanukas’s Favorite Jazz Albums of 2019 / Nextbop

December 23, 2019Best of 2019, Press Reel

By Brian Kiwanuka, Nextbop 10. Brandee Younger – Soul Awakening (Self Release) The harp is a spellbinding instrument and throughout Soul Awakening Brandee Younger is a sorceress. The harpist’s playing is never anything other than gorgeous and she has extremely strong chemistry with Ravi Coltrane (tenor saxophone), who is featured on “Soulris” and “Lover’s Prayer”. … Read More

BEST OF 2019: Brandee Younger, Ulery/Brock/Dietmeyer Wonderment, Daniel Rotem, Matt Ulery by Texture

December 23, 2019Best of 2019, Press Reel

By Ron Schepper, Textura 01. Brandee Younger: Soul Awakening (Brandee Younger) An immensely satisfying portrait of harpist Brandee Younger, Soul Awakening sounds as fresh as if it were recorded yesterday, even if it was completed six years ago. It’s somewhat of a summative portrait, too, as it checks many of the critical boxes associated with … Read More

REVIEW: UK Vibe Reviews Matt Ulery’s DELICATE CHARMS

December 23, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

by Ian Ward, UK Vibe It’s always a pleasure to hear Matt Ulery’s and Greg Ward’s unique, innovative takes on jazz. “Delicate Charms” is bass player/composer Ulery’s 9th (!) album as bandleader and it brings him together with Ward (alto sax) plus old mates Zach Broch (violin), Rob Clearfield (piano) and Quin Kirchner (drums). A … Read More