By Kevin Johnson, No Treble The 8-Bit Big Band has released their third album, Backwards Compatible, which continues the group’s approach of reimagining video game music for jazz orchestra. Led by Charlie Rosen, the band has arrangements of music from Chrono Trigger, Super Mario 64, Metal Gear Solid 3, and more. Read more here.
By Bill Kopp, Musoscribe Released in 1959, The Dave BrubeckQuartet’s Time Out is a landmark album. An accomplished synthesis of West Coast and cool jazz, it’s remarkable for combining “unusual” time signatures – defined here as most anything beyond 3/4 and 4/4 – and musical accessibility. Read More here.
By Dee Dee McNeil, Musicalmemoirs’s Blog Their duo also transports pop and rock tunes through a musical and unique time machine, offering us creative arrangements and jazzy instrumental techniques. You will hear Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers” song in a freshly painted way, with a colorful bass solo by Sellick. Petty was the lead singer of the … Read More
By Stephanie Jones, Downbeat Trombonist Mariel Bildsten began developing ideas for her debut album in 2019, aiming to reflect different dimensions of her artistry, particularly her skills as an arranger. “I’m not super interested in just playing tunes for the tune’s sake,” said Bildsten, referencing the impetus for crafting Backbone (Outside In). Read this feature … Read More
By Bass Musician The Truth Revolution Recording Collective is proud to announce the release of Flash of the Spirit, a new album from bassist, guitarist, and composer Santi Debriano. Flash of the Spirit will be available on January 22, 2021 in CD and digital format via Truth Revolution Records. Read more here.
By BWW, Broadway World The 8-Bit Big Band, under the direction of Tony-nominee Charlie Rosen, has released their third full length album, Backwards Compatible. An exploration of the “Great Video Game Songbook”, this electrifying new album features a symphonic orchestra made up of over 70 of New York City’s finest musicians. Musical Director Rosen arranged … Read More
By Bass Magazine Leon Lee Dorsey Announces the January 20th Release of Thank You, Mr. Mabern!, A Trio Album Featuring Late Jazz Luminary Harold Mabern. Check this announcement here.
by Ron Schepper, Textura “Elsa Nilsson and her band make the material on Dark is Light is so much their own, you’d naturally take the seven pieces for originals by the flutist; instead, they’re arrangements of classic Swedish folk songs associated with Saint Lucia’s Day. The treatments have been developed over many years by the Swedish … Read More
by Matt Micucci, JazzIz The Global Music Venue Jazz Fest is a three-day virtual event showcasing the talents of renowned global artists while offering educational opportunities for young musicians via live performances, educational workshops and Q&A sessions. Its inaugural edition will run January 15-17 and feature an impressive lineup of artists, including Terri Lyne Carrington, … Read More
by Matt Micucci, JazzIz Charlie Rosen and his spectacular 70+ piece ensemble, The 8-Bit Big Band, return with a brand new collection of arrangements of music from the “Great Video Game Songbook.” Read the full New Release Cheat Sheet article here.