REVIEW: Dustin Laurenzi’s Natural Language Digs Deep Into the Jazz Quartet Format with ‘A Time and a Place’ – PopMatters

October 23, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Chris Ingalls, PopMatters Dustin Laurenzi is a busy man with a list of musical projects that would make the average artist cower in intimidation. But unlike many overachievers who tend to spread their musical talents too thin, virtually everything the Chicago-based tenor saxophonist takes on is a thrilling journey. Read this review here.

REVIEW: Chad McCullough “Forward” – Making A Scene!

October 23, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Jim Hynes, Making A Scene! Trumpeter and composer Chad McCulloughreleases Forward, his eighth as a leader.  McCullough leads a quartet made up of three of Chicago’s best: pianist Rob Clearfield, bassist Matt Ulery, and drummer Jon Deitemyer.  Renowned producer Ryan Cohan augments the affair by contributing additional programming and part-writing to Forward; creating ambient layers for McCullough’s lyrical compositions and augmenting the … Read More

REVIEW: Alex Wintz “Live To Tape” reviewed on Something Else!

October 23, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Preston Frazier, Something Else! Guitarist, composer and educator Alex Wintz’s Live to Tape, set to arrive on Nov. 6, 2020, is is his first on Outside Music. It’s a compelling display of Wintz’s chops, taste and improvisational powers. Working with bassist Dave Baron and drummer Jimmy Macbride. Read this review here.    

RAINY XJAZZ DAYS: 2-Day Virtual Festival LIVE from Germany & Russia (Oct 30-31)

October 22, 2020Event Announcement, Press Releases

With Lucia Cadotsch, Makar Novikov Quintet, Sasha Mashin Quartet, KID BE KID, Alina Engibaryan Trio, Andrew Krasilnikov Quartet   The contemporary jazz music festival led by two forefront European jazz labels Rainy Days & XJAZZ Berlin is happening online on October 30-31 in Saint-Petersburg and Berlin, supported by Goethe-Institut, and in the framework of the … Read More

REVIEW: Brandi Disterheft’s “Surfboard” – Textura

October 19, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

Textura  A more perfect title for Brandi Disterheft’s fifth album than Surfboard would be hard to imagine when the associated activity evokes feelings of freedom, joy, and abandon. Consistent with that are tunes of equally breezy character and effervescent performances the bassist, pianist Klaus Mueller, drummer Portinho, and guest saxophonist George Coleman bring to the fourteen … Read More