By Paul, Bestofjazz.org Pianist, composer, and bandleader Keith Brown‘s new album – African Ripples – was released May 20, 2021, via Space Time records. It was recorded in November 2020 in Queens, NY (Samurai Hotel Studios) and follows the release of The Journey, in 2015 and Sweet and Lovely, in 2011. Read more here. … Read More
By Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine We’ve lost so many great ones in the past year, some to Covid, some to other causes. For this writer, Ralph Peterson’s loss is especially difficult but my memories of Peterson leading the crowd in a chant of “Art Blakey, Art Blakey” before and after his Legacy Messenger Band’s riveting … Read More
By Bill Beuttler, The Boston Globe Luques Curtis didn’t know how sick Berklee professor Ralph Peterson was while recording with him in December at Peterson’s studio in North Dartmouth. The acclaimed drummer, composer, and bandleader had continued performing and recording throughout his six-year battle with cancer. So their work on the project — Peterson’s album … Read More
Jazz Saxophonist and Composer Keith Loftis Debuts New Album Original State via Long Tone Music, Due Out July 23, 2021 Loftis’ fourth album features six original new compositions Long Tone Music is thrilled to announce the July 23, 2021 release of Original State the latest album by saxophonist and composer Keith Loftis. On his fourth … Read More
By Bill Buckley, Soul and Jazz and Funk We’ve known about Tulsa-born but Nashville-based singer/songwriter Dara Tucker since 2009 when she debuted with ‘All Right Now’. That was followed by ‘Souls Said Yes’ – another collection of covers and originals that had critics making comparisons between Dara and artists as diverse as Carole King (for … Read More
By Paul Rauch, All About Jazz ransformation is a multi-disciplinary work from saxophonist/composer Ted Nash, and iconic actress Glenn Close, exploring the multi-faceted and abstract theme of transformation. The works included examine the theme from both universal and individual conceptions. Read more here.
By Jason Crane, The Jazz Session Cellist Helen Gillet has a new album with woodwind player Jeff Coffin (interview) called Let It Shine. In this interview, Gillet talks about how the pair came together at her series in New Orleans; the process of creating the music for the recording; how parameters can lead to increased … Read More
Next Level Announces the Release of Sam Pilnick’s Nonet Project’s First Full-Length Album, The Adler Suite, Inspired by Chicago’s Iconic Adler Planetarium Due out July 9, 2021 Next Level, an imprint of Outside in Music, is pleased to announce the first studio release from saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist and music educator Sam Pilnick’s steadfast ensemble ‘Sam Pilnick’s … Read More
By Steve Greenlee, JazzTimes It seems loony through the long lens of 2021, but by the mid-1940s many people considered Louis Armstrong passé and past his prime. The man who shaped the entire course of jazz and revolutionized trumpet playing had, in the eyes of his critics, stopped innovating, given in to commercial trends, and … Read More
By Lakshmi Govindrajan Javeri, Firstpost In possibly the most transformative of times in our lives, comes feted actress Glenn Close’s carefully curated spoken word with jazz album Transformation: Personal Stories of Change, Acceptance and Evolution. Read more here.