5 Powerful Protest Songs Released by Womxn in 2020: Thana Alexa “The Resistance” on Audio Femme

December 29, 2020Best of 2020, Listings

By Alexa Peters, Audio Femme Music has always served as a battle cry and a balm during particularly tumultuous times, and in 2020—when injustices like the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on BIPOC, the slaying of George Floyd by police, the assault on immigrant, women’s, and LGBTQIA rights by the Trump Administration became apparent—music … Read More

REVIEW: Brandi Disterheft’s ‘Surfboard’ – JazzTimes

December 29, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

by Philip Booth, JazzTimes “It’s probably no coincidence that Brandi Disterheft’s prowess as a bassist, on her fifth album as a leader, shines particularly bright on “The Pendulum at Falcon’s Lair” and “Del Sasser,” as both were penned by bass players: the former, with its tricky, sprinting bebop line, by Oscar Pettiford and the latter, … Read More

FEATURE: The Royal Bopsters Keep Their Group Identity Alive – JazzTimes

December 28, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

by Martin Johnson, JazzTimes At a quick glance, the Royal Bopsters’ new recording, Party of Four (Motéma), appears to be a straightforward continuation of their 2015 debut, The Royal Bopsters Project. The group remains a quartet carrying the torch of vocalese from Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, the Manhattan Transfer, and New York Voices. Like their debut, the new album … Read More