By Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune Savvy listeners already know that Chicago pianist-composer Cohan has a well-honed gift for writing long-form jazz compositions. It reaches a high point in “Originations,” Read the full article here.
By Matt Silver, WRTI 90.1 uly 6, 2020. Trained in jazz and forged in funk, alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin grew up hooked on Coltrane—Alice Coltrane. A friend introduced her to the music of John’s second wife, and she became enthralled. It wasn’t until some time later that Benjamin learned who John Coltrane was and that … Read More
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by Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz Every jazz pianist plays in their own individual style. These recent albums demonstrate the way seven particular players approach the instrument. Read the full article here.
By Ron Schepper, Textura Golden Daffodil is special for a number of reasons. It’s the first vocal-centred release from Matt Ulery’s Woolgathering Records, for one; more importantly, it flatters singer Leslie Beukelman immensely in presenting a thoroughly rewarding set of introspective originals and well-considered covers. As someone who’s contributed to Chicago’s thriving scene for more … Read More
By Michael Ullman, The Arts Fuse Alto saxophonist (primarily) Dave Pietro begins his new disc with one of his amusing, politically suggestive titles, “Kakistocracy.” He writes in the album notes: “I wrote the first tune on this CD, “Kakistocracy,” while contemplating the social structures that we have to live under, particularly our government (and the … Read More
By George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Big and bold sounds are delivered by the horns of Nick Mazarella/as, Chris Madsen-Geof Bradfield/ts, Chuck Parrish-Russ Johnson/tp, Tom Garling-Joel Adams and the rhythm team of Mike Allemana/g, Stu Mindeman/p, Clark Sommers/b and Xavier Breaker/dr along with some guest vocals on this confident collection of (mostly) originals. Read the … Read More
Pacific Mambo Orchestra – ‘The III Side‘ The Caribbean, festive beats are plentiful, anchoring a refined big band up front! Lyrics come from Braulio Barrera, Christelle Durandy and Armando Cordoba on 5 of the 9 selections. There are excellent covers, notably fresh arrangements of “Through The Fire”, “A Night in Tunisia” and “Birks Works”. Jon … Read More
By Mike Hobart, Financial Times Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s Latin Jazz Project — an orchestral tour de force The album sashays between soulful and serene, with hooky melodies and immaculate beats Brash, brassy and rhythmic. Read the full review here.
By Mike Jeffers, Chicagojazz.com Featuring workshops, webinars, and performances with over 100 jazz icons Proceeds will provide emergency relief to US-based musicians whose freelance careers have been impacted by COVID-19. Read the full article here.