By Travis Rodgers Jr., The Jazz Owl It has been an excellent couple of months for Jesse Fisher. First, he participated in the phenomenal War Chant album by Ajoyo. Now he releases his latest project as a leader called Resilience. Resilience incorporates the influences of modern Jazz, African music, and Near Eastern music reflecting Jesse’s … Read More
By Matt Silver, WRTI August 24, 2020. Champian Fulton’s first paid gig was playing Clark Terry’s 75th birthday party. She was 10 years old. Now, at 35, the pianist and vocalist is more than just precocious and well-connected; she’s ambitious, too—averaging nearly one new release every year since her 2007 debut. Read this feature here. … Read More
By Ken Waxman, Jazzword ne of the most controversial figures of post-war Jazz, pianist Lennie Tristano (1919-1978) was more than an early opinionated Wynton Marsalis because he coupled outlier opinions with a refusal to publicly perform. Instead during years as a teacher he moved from encouraging players like Lee Konitz to forge a parallel, more … Read More
By Chris Spector, Midwest Records REGINA CARTER FREEDOM BAND/Swing States Harmony in the Battleground: Chop wise, Carter is a player you can’t argue with. The resume is too long to reprint when you can Google it. Politically, she’s a force of nature that power’s a Republican’s worst nightmare. Read all this reviews here.
By Marc Phillips, Part-time Audiophile This new LP reissue of Wolfgang Lackerschmid and Chet Baker’s Ballads for Two comes at a perfect time for my reviewing schedule. Read this review here.
By Troy Dostert, All About Jazz Drummer Dylan Jack has long been a fixture on the Boston jazz scene and, with assorted partnerships including fellow Bostonians Charlie Kohlhase, Jeb Bishop and Bill Lowe, he has kept very busy. But, of late, his most fruitful collaboration may be his recordings with guitarist Eric Hofbauer. Read this … Read More
By John Chacona, Let’s Call This I get a lot of music for my consideration, more than 300 new releases so far this year. Almost all of them are notable for something, and I’d like to give them their due. So every week, I’ll do quick hits on the releases of the preceding seven days. … Read More
By Nate Chinen, WBGO “Kakistocracy” — a word that Merriam-Webster defines simply as “government by the worst people” Read this full feature here.
By Richard Kamins, Something Else! Bassist Richie Goods was dubbed “my left-hand man” by Mulgrew Miller, as the pianist played the bass lines with his left hand. Read this full feature here.
By Jim Hynes, Making a Scene! New York-based pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton celebrates Charlie Parker’s centennial with her latest, Birdsong., featuring her friend and saxophone luminary Scott Hamilton (who of course plays tenor, not alto liker Parker did). Read this full review here.