by Herb Boyd, Downbeat “Listeners familiar with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra are sure to experience a bit of reverie after hearing the opening fanfare of Gustavo Cortinas’ Desafio Candente.” Read the full, 4-star review here.
By Ron Hart, Aol. No matter how far removed we might be from his era, Louis Armstrong will always matter. Without him, the worlds of jazz and pop may have never come together in the fashion on which we were all raised. Read more here.
By Scott Yanow, The Syncopated Times Louis Armstrong entered a new and lucrative phase of his career in 1947 when he broke up his big band and formed his All-Stars. While he was no longer considered the most “modern” jazz trumpeter, and there were others who could play faster, louder and higher, he remained a … Read More
By Mike Myers, JazzWax On this album, Dara brings fresh life and meaning to songs of social awareness from the 1960s and ’70s as well as originals that reflect on contemporary struggles. Read more here.
By Héctor Martín, Canción a Quemarropa Sale a aire el nuevo disco Generations, el nuevo álbum del dúo nominado por tres ocasiones a los premios Grammys, The Baylor Project. El próximo 18 de junio de 2021 se podrá disfrutar definitivamente de esta conmovedora conjunción de canciones basadas en historias que celebra la universalidad de la … Read More
By Skip Heller, All About Jazz Louis Armstrong officially returned to small band leadership May 17, 1947 via a triumphant concert at Town Hall that was less comeback than reaffirmation. It was even the dawn of his second great period, full of recordings that stood tall with his epochal 1920’s output, and the subsequently-assembled Louis … Read More
By Keanna Faircloth, WBGO I first met Samara Joy in November 2019, two days before she won the prestigious Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition at NJPAC. She walked into the WBGO studio for her interview as a finalist with a very mild, unassuming presence that certainly wouldn’t set off any alarm bells. Read more … Read More
By Editor, All About Jazz “Aries Goddess (For Consuela and the Fallen)” is a new video from ace Chicago trumpeter Marques Carroll. Featured on his debut album The Ancestors’ Call, this moving composition was written for the mothers of victims of gun violence. Check this video out here.
By Ron Wynn, Nashville Scene Vocal stalwart Dara Tucker, a former Nashvillian now in New York, has delivered perhaps her finest collection of updated and reworked classics adapted from non-jazz genres with Dreams of Waking, out May 28. Read more here.
By Mesfin Fekadu, AP News NEW YORK (AP) — For years Wayne Brady had been working on a one-man show about being a young Black man growing up in Orlando, but he could never finish the project. That’s until acclaimed actor Glenn Close asked him to participate in her spoken word jazz album. Read more here. … Read More