REVIEW: Sasha Mashin “Happy Synapse” on UK VIBE

August 3, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Damian Wilkes, UK VIBE ‘Happy Synapse’ is the sophomore album from St. Petersburg native and drummer Sasha Mashin, but here with a different group to his bandleader debut ‘Outsidethebox’ (2018), which was also released on Russian based Rainy Days Records. Read the full review here.  

REVIEW: Lennie Tristano “The Duo Sessions” – Downbeat

August 3, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Suzanne Lorge, Downbeat On The Duo Sessions, Lennie Tristano wends his way through the liminal spaces bridging bebop, cool jazz and free-improv. The album’s 16 tracks, recorded after Tristano’s final public appearance in 1968 but never previously released, reveal not only how intuitively the pianist parsed these languages, but how skillfully he crafted improvisational … Read More

REVIEW: Chicago Yestet: Not There Yet – Jazz Journal

August 3, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Gareth Thomas, Jazz Journal UK As rioting spreads across the US in response to the murder of George Floyd, the lyrics of the title track of Chicago Yestet’s third album highlight the ongoing injustices in a country that has not come far enough in its progression towards racial equality. Read the full review here.

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing / Michael Olatuja, “The Hero’s Journey” (feat. Regina Carter) – NPR

August 1, 2020Listings, Press Reel

By Keanna Faircloth,  NPR Around the country, many communities are struggling with the effects of the pandemic, economic uncertainty and civil unrest. But despite the tremendous challenges, there are still steady broadcasts coming out of our treasured public radio music stations. Since March, they haven’t missed a beat. Check the list here.