REVIEW: Dave Liebman ‘Earth’ Reviewed by Step Tempest

February 23, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Richard Kamins, Step Tempest Been over two decades since saxophonist and NEA Jazz master Dave Liebman began his musical exploration and interpretation of the four Natural Elements. Starting in 1997 with “Water” (featuring Pat Metheny, Billy Hart, and Cecil McBee), then moving on to “Air” (a 2006 duo with computer whiz Walter Quintus), and … Read More

INTERVIEW: The 8-Bit Big Band / The Boston Globe

February 23, 2020Interviews, Press Reel

By Diti Kohli, The Boston Globe Love video games? Love jazz music? One widely acclaimed big band that combines the two is slated to stop by town next month. The 8-Bit Big Band plays tunes from popular video games like “Legend of Zelda” and “Super Mario Bros.” With 33 members and a handful of special … Read More

REVIEW: Roxy Coss, Mike Bond, Clark Sommers, Sam Hirsh, Yvonnick Prene, Thana Alexa, Jonah Francese and Robin McKelle / Midwest Records

February 23, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Chris Spector, Midwest Record ROXY COSS/Quintet: It wasn’t that long ago that Coss was wearing an evening gown and looking like a member of a society band. In the intervening years, she’s shown herself to be a top shelf, hard core swinger that can be a first class leader whether politicized or not because … Read More

REVIEW: Mike Bond, Robin McKelle, Sam Hirsh and Andrea Brachfeld Reviewed by Musicalmemoir’s Blog

February 23, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Musicalmemoir’s Blog MIKE BOND – “THE HONORABLE ONES” Bounce Castle Records Mike Bond, piano/composer/arranger; Ben Wolfe, bass; Anwar Marshall, drums; Josh Evans, trumpet; Steve Wilson, alto & soprano saxophones; SPECIAL GUESTS: Gene Shinozaki, beatbox vocals; Claudia Acuna & Maya Holliday, vocals. Titled, “Chapter 1: On Your Mark …” the first track is Avant Garde … Read More

REVIEW: Mike Bond – The Honorable Ones / JazzTrail

February 23, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

JazzTrail The debut recording from 30-year old American pianist/composer Mike Bond features a fantastic group of musicians whose rapport can be immediately felt. The multi-generational core quintet includes versatile horn players such as saxophonist Steve Wilson and trumpeter Josh Evans, as well as a rhythm team with bassist Ben Wolfe and drummer Anwar Marshall in … Read More

NEW RELEASE: Charles Pillow Ensemble’s CHAMBER JAZZ Out Now on SUMMIT

February 21, 2020New Release, Press Releases

Esteemed Multi-Instrumentalist Charles Pillow Releases Innovative New Large Ensemble Album Chamber Jazz, Out 2/21 Bandleader, composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Charles Pillow is excited to announce the February 21st release of his latest large ensemble venture, Chamber Jazz on SUMMIT Records. The follow up to his critically acclaimed 2018 release Electric Miles, Chamber Jazz brings the … Read More

REVIEW: Dave Liebman Earth Reviewed by The Wire

February 19, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Phil Freeman, The Wire Saxophonist Dave Liebman has been working on a series of album based on the elements for over 20 years: Water (1997), Air (2006) and Fire (2016). Earth features his working band Expansions and has a strong electro-fusion sound sometimes; his soprano is heard amid oozing, burbling synths that occasionally become … Read More

REVIEW: Sarah Thorpe’s Deep Blue Love In The Aquarian Weekly

February 19, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Mike Greenblatt, The Aquarian Weekly Deep Blue Love (Dot Time Records), by sultry French-British jazz singer-songwriter Sarah Thorpe, hits the sweet spot. She puts words to Pat Metheny’s “Free,” uses Jon Hendricks’ scat lyrics to Randy Weston’s “Pretty Strange,” completely revitalizes Horace Silver’s “Lonely Woman,” and has the courage to end it all on … Read More