FEATURE: The New Yorker Feature Lakecia Benjamin

January 6, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Briana Younger, The New Yorker The alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin plays jazz that is sprinkled with the rich flavors of funk and soul—she’s a crafty traditionalist who remains in step with the rhythms of the young generation. (One cut on her most recent album, “Rise Up,” reimagined Rihanna’s “Stay” through the sultry tones of … Read More

REVIEW: La Tanya Hall: Say Yes reviewed by Jazz Times

January 3, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Andrew Gilbert, Jazz Times If La Tanya Hall’s second album sounds far more poised, polished, and, well, accomplished than the typical sophomore release, it’s because she’s a well-traveled artist who’s spent years touring and recording with acts ranging from Harry Belafonte and Diana Ross to Steely Dan and Michael Feinstein. The New York vocalist … Read More

REVIEW: Kenyatta Beasley Septet reviewed by Black Grooves

January 3, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

by Jamal Baptiste, Black Grooves Trumpeter and composer Kenyatta Beasley’s tribute album, Frank Foster Songbook, celebrates his late mentor, the noted tenor and soprano saxophonist, composer and arranger Frank Benjamin Foster III. Recorded live over the course of two evenings at Brooklyn’s Jazz 966 club in 2013, this two-disc album captures the dynamic musical interactions … Read More

Kiki Valera’s Debut Album Vivencias en Clave Cubana is Available Now on Origin Records

January 3, 2020New Release, Press Reel

Origin Records is thrilled to present Vivencias en Clave Cubana, the debut solo album from Cuban cuatro master Kiki Valera. Released on October 18th, Vivencias en Clave Cubana melds Kiki’s virtuosic talent with traditional Cuban music and jazz sensibilities. Valera’s all-star ensemble includes the world-renowned Cuban vocalist Coco Freeman, trumpeter Alexis Baró, bassist José J. … Read More

REVIEW: Catherine Russell reviewed by Something Else!

January 1, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Preston Frazier, Something Else No. 3. CATHERINE RUSSELL – ALONE TOGETHER: Never content to rest on the past, Catherine Russell delivers 13 stellar interpretations on this new Best of 2019 Jazz entry, not only highlighting her gifts as a vocalist but also as a band leader. Oh, and what a band: Guitarist Matt Munisteri, … Read More

REVIEW: Brian Lynch Big Band reviewed by Jazz Trail

January 1, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

by Felipe Freitas, Jazz Trail American trumpeter/composer/bandleader Brian Lynch, a Grammy award winning artist, has brought a new burning charisma to the Latin jazz genre, raising consciousness through a colorful consolidation of diverse musical cultures. His double-disc big band album, The Omni-American Book Club, was inspired by literature and features noteworthy guests such as drummer … Read More