By Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine The first impression of listening to the jazz-world ensemble AJOYO is how infectious their music is. It stirs you from the opening title track “War Chant.” They are a multi-cultural quintet that infuses some of the tracks with special guests. This is their second album and they are led by … Read More
By Travis Rodgers Jr, The Jazz Owl Do not let it be said that Jazz has nothing to offer in this present time. The glory days of Jazz are not over, far from it, and if you need proof of it, all you need to do is listen to AJOYO’s new album War Chant. This … Read More
By Jeff Tamarkin, JazzTimes Aside from its unusual approach to capitalization, the title isn’t an attempt to be clever; this album is the first recording released by pianist Andy Milne since being diagnosed with, and recovering from, prostate cancer in 2017. The experience, and in particular the homeopathic healing process he underwent, gave Milne—who leads … Read More
By Allen Scott, All That’s Jazz Lydia Liebman is an accomplished media and music industry professional with experience deeply rooted in jazz as a publicist, concert promoter, radio host, musician, producer and journalist. She currently runs Lydia Liebman Promotions, a boutique public relations agency and consulting firm based in NYC. Listen to this podcast here.
By Dee Dee McNeil, Musicalmemoirs’s Blog This album is a follow-up to the Charles Pillow critically acclaimed 2018 release. Pillow came up with the concept for this new project titled, “Chamber Jazz” to blend elements of classical music with jazz. Read the full review here.
By Travis Rodgers Jr, The Jazz Owl Lauren Henderson continues to thrill, comfort, and amaze with every album she has released. Whether YouTube live performances, EPs, or full-length albums, Lauren never disappoints. Her 2020 CD The Songbook Session (Brontosaurus Records) is no different. Read the full review here.
By Phil Freeman, SteroGum It’s easy to get comfortable with your idea of what jazz is, when it’s happening right in front of you. But when there are no gigs, you’re left with the recordings. And when you spend too much time rooting around in your record collection, you start to notice that there’s a … Read More
By Steven Graham, MarlBank Last month I was wondering if the upcoming Jonathan Barber album Legacy Holder will be a game changer for him. Since then I’ve been listening to more Legacy Holder tracks and the signs definitely point in that direction. Read the full review here.
By Darry Yokley, Occhi Magazine I’ve had the privilege of playing with the great Ralph Peterson on a few occasions, and every time was an unforgettable experience. So much energy, artistry, knowledge, and history come through when he sits behind the drums that one cannot help but be drawn into his presence. I learned so … Read More
By J.D Considine, Downbeat Canada has produced a striking range of trumpet greats, from Maynard Ferguson to Kenny Wheeler. And in recent years we can add the singular Ingrid Jensen, free-jazz poet Lina Allemano, singer/trumpeter Bria Skonberg and avant-garde experimentalist Steph Richards to that list. Rachel Therrien might not have garnered as much attention as … Read More