By Jim Hynes, Making A Scene Golden Daffodil is the first vocal release for bassist/composer Matt Ulery’sWoolgathering Records. We covered Ulery’s most recent release as a leader, Delicate Charms, (a chamber jazz outing which in no way resembles this one) last October on these pages. This is Chicago-based vocalist Leslie Beukelman’ssecond full-length jazz release mixed … Read More
By Mike Greenblatt, Goldmine Magazine Rachel Therrien loves her flugelhorn. Connie Han says her music is “tough, primal, raw but still intellectually engaging.” Ben Rice and RB Stone are ‘out of the box,” Al Gold has his ‘Paradise’ and then there’s always the Popcorn Blues Party, and a lot more. The reviews are in! Read … Read More
Ralph Peterson and the Messenger Legacy is back with a historic new recording: “Onward & Upward”. Due to the current situation, this incredible new release will be dropping this Fall on Onyx Productions Music Label LLC. Spearheaded by Peterson, “Onward & Upward” features an astounding lineup of former jazz messengers including Joanne Brackeen, Kevin … Read More
By Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz There’s no boxing Laila Biali in. A sharp-minded songwriter, respected pianist and celebrated vocalist who straddles jazz and pop with unusual ease and strength of vision, Biali is truly beyond category. Possessing clear eyes, a perceptive mien and a sharpshooters’s gifts in regard to emotional aim, she often expresses … Read More
By Michael Ricci, All About Jazz Kabir Sehgal has a history of championing meaningful causes for jazz. His wildly impressive background includes five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards as a producer. He is also the New York Times and Wall Street Journalbestselling author of fourteen books including Jazzocracy: Jazz, Democracy, and the Creation … Read More
By Alexa Peters, Downbeat Contrary to popular belief, playing standards in 2020 doesn’t necessarily require excessive innovation. In fact, with a relaxed, straightforward and familiar approach to the repertoire, vocalist Lauren Henderson’s The Songbook Session excels at refreshing jazz and Latin standards for the modern ear. Read the full feature here.
By Mal Stanley, ABC The new CD was also produced by bassist Reggie Workman, who worked with both Coltranes back in the ’60s and ’70s, and it features an all-star list of guests – including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ron Carter, Gary Bartz and Jazzmeia Horn. See the full feature here.
By Tom Schanabel, KCRW Croatian-American singer Thana Alexa has a lovely voice. Her powerful new album ONA(the Croatian word for “she”) is an exploration of female identity and “a dedication to women” according to Alexa. We hear her version of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop.” Read the full feature here.
By Arcadia A los pocos días de anunciarse su colaboración con Carlos Vives para la canción ‘No estás solo‘, Rubén Blades compartió una nueva colaboración. Se trata de ‘Te conocí de nuevo‘, que grabó con la pianista y compositora Carolina Calvache, caleña de nacimiento y establecida en Nueva York. Para mas sobre este articulo lea acá.
By Stephen Graham, Marlbank Wonderful vocal here from Rubén Blades on pianist Carolina Calvache’s upcoming Vida Profunda. Sunnyside are putting the record out at the end of May. Blades inhabits a compelling, night-time, if… Read the full article here.