REVIEW: Clark Sommers’ “Peninsula” Reviewed By Downbeat

March 3, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Dave Cantor, Downbeat A bassist equally comfortable backing up vocalist Kurt Elling as he is occasionally performing alongside some of Chicago’s avant crowd and helming his groovier ensemble Lens, Clark Sommers coats post-bop with a veneer of 21st-century exceptionalism and adventure on Peninsula. Full review here.    

REVIEW: Lakecia Benjamin – Pursuance: The Coltranes / Black Grooves

March 3, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Anna M. Nelson, Black Grooves Virtuosic saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin offers a powerful homage to two major jazz figures, Alice Coltrane and John Coltrane, on her newest release Pursuance: The Coltranes. Though her first two albums as a bandleader, Retox (2012) and Rise Up (2018), draw heavily upon soul and funk influences, Pursuance showcases Benjamin’s … Read More

REVIEW: La Tanya Hall – Say Yes / Black Grooves

March 3, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Brenda Nelson-Strauss, Black Grooves Versatile jazz vocalist La Tanya Hall began her career touring with the great Harry Belafonte and has since collaborated with other black music icons including Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, and Patti Labelle. Hall is perhaps best known, however, for her work with Bobby McFerrin. In addition to guest … Read More

REVIEW: Robin McKelle Reviewed By Something Else!

March 3, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Preston Frazier, Something Else! ROBIN MCKELLE – ALTERATIONS (JAZZ/POP): There’s a danger in navigating well-worn pop standards. Singer Robin Michelle seems to jump into the challenge with both feet. The resulting album, Alterations, shows that fortune does indeed favor the bold. Michelle’s take on “Ordinary Love” makes sure not to copy the Sade original. … Read More