By Dave Rogers, WTJU Keith Brown Trio – African Ripples (Space Time): “Space Time Records is proud to announce the May 20, 2021 release of African Ripples, the long-awaited new album by multi-faceted pianist, composer and arranger Keith Brown. Read more here.
Bassist Santi Debriano To Perform New Album Flash of the Spirit LIVE on June 13, 2021, Presented by Studio 111 Brooklyn The live-stream event will be hosted by T.J. English at 2pm EST via Studio 111 Brooklyn Get Tickets Here Award-winning bassist Santi Debriano is set to perform his new album Flash of the Spirit … Read More
By Bob Bakert, Jazz Guitar Today Lorne Lofsky is a modern legend. I have heard of this master from the north for so many years it’s hard to believe he is a contemporary. He’s played with Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Tal Farlow, Ed Bickert as well as Rosemary Clooney, and Johnny Hartman. Like many of … Read More
By Matt Silver, WRTI May 24, 2021. Drummer Ralph Peterson, the Art Blakey acolyte and former Jazz Messenger with a large-and-in-charge physical and musical presence on the bandstand and an outsize personality to match, died earlier this year, months shy of his 59th birthday; he’d been fighting cancer for the last six years. But you … Read More
By Ron Schepper, Textura “I just plug my guitar into an amp, try to get a decent sound, and then, you know, sail away” (quote taken from James Hale’s liner notes for This Song Is New). Such humility is characteristic of Toronto-based jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky, who’s long been one of this country’s musical treasures. … Read More
By Suzanne Lorge, DownBeat In 2018, South Korean composer/leader Jihye Lee won the BMI Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize for her big band chart “Unshakeable Mind,” which led to a commission for a second piece, “Revived Mind.” These two compositions, complex tapestries woven out of simple threads, illustrate the high concept behind Daring Mind, the … Read More
By Michael J. West, Downbeat Bassist Leon Lee Dorsey’s name is above the title—he led this July 2019 session—but Harold Mabern’s name is the title, and the draw as well. As the pianist’s final studio recording (he passed away two months later), Thank You Mr. Mabern finds him as vigorous and full of surprises as … Read More
By Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times The drummer Ralph Peterson Jr., who would have turned 59 on Thursday but died earlier this year, was known for the propulsion of his swing feel, and the sheer power of his playing. Read more here.
By Greg Bryant, WBGO What he was diagnosing amounts to a pernicious form of marginalization, apart from the prevailing binary in most discussions of race in the United States. “The current vision of solidarity among Asian-Americans is cartoonish and blurry,” Kang argued — a fog of nostalgia and sentiment. “Everything else is the confusion of … Read More
By Editor, Bass Magazine Legendary jazz bassist Gene Perla has teamed up with a pair of rising jazz talents and a stalwart drummer to form the Horizons Quartet. Co-founded by saxophonist Dan Wilkins and pianist James Collins, and anchored by Perla and celebrated drummer Byron Landham, this new musical iteration will release their self-titled debut … Read More