REVIEW: Sissy Castrogiovanni ‘Terra’ – Making A Scene

May 12, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Jim Hynes, Making a Scene There is always a fascination for this writer when world music meets jazz, and to a good back story as well. It also doesn’t hurt to have eye catching album art, On Sissy Castrogiovanni’s self-produced Terra, most stateside listeners, except those who speak the Sicilian dialect, will not identify … Read More

REVIEW: Thana Alexa ‘ONA’ Reviewed By Textura

May 11, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

Buy Ron Schepper, Textura Some albums document who an artist is at a particular moment; others are culminating statements that seem to distill entire life experience into a single artistic expression. Among the latter is ONA, a remarkably ambitious recording by vocalist and composer Thana Alexa, who, in committing herself so completely to the project, … Read More

PREMIERE: AJOYO: “Better Love” (Video Premiere) – PopMatters

May 8, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Adriane Portecorvo, PopMatters Brooklyn-based ensemble AJOYO are based on an ethos of expansion, bringing musicians from across the world together in rich, internationally-inflected jazz collaborations. Out ahead of their upcoming sophomore album War Chant, new single “Better Love” is a resonant example of how the collective comes together to spread positivity. Lead vocalist Sarah … Read More

THE WEEK IN JAZZ: Elsa Nilsson SXNE Featured By JAZZIZ

May 8, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Matt Micucci, JAZZIZ Elsa Nilsson Debuts New Group Via New Album: Just a few months after the release of Hindsight, flutist/composer Elsa Nilsson debuts a new group, South by North East (SXNE) with a digital-only album, for human beings, out May 15. Released in response to COVID-19, this is a five-piece improvised suite featuring … Read More

FEATURE: Clark Sommers Pivots For Unpredictibility – JazzTimes

May 8, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Lee Megner, JazzTimes There’s something about jazz musicians from Chicago. A certain physicality mixed with intelligence, as well as a blend of earthiness and urbanity. Bassist Clark Sommers, best known for his tenure with Kurt Elling, fits that prototype of a Chicago jazz musician. Sitting in a café on the Celebrity Infinity during the … Read More