By Jim Hynes, Making A Scene! Trumpeter Bruce Harris is a died-in-the-wool New Yorker, having grown up in the Soundview section of the Bronx (hence the title) and living now in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem. The album is a tribute to his community and family in both places and Black American Music. Read … Read More
By Howard Dukes, Soul Tracks Of all of the Stevie Wonder songs that have been covered over the years, “You Haven’t Done Nuthin’” is one that seems like it should have been remade more often. Then too, if the websites that track cover versions of songs are correct, “Golden Lady” has been remade even less. … Read More
Sam Blakeslee and Wistful Thinking Present The Long Middle, A Meditation on Isolation and Distance in a Chamber Jazz Setting, due out July 30, 2021 via Outside in Music Outside in Music is thrilled to announce the July 30, 2021 release of The Long Middle, the debut album from stalwart New York-based trombonist and composer … Read More
By Matt Micucci, Jazziz Bronx-born trumpeter/composer/educator Bruce Harris celebrates his ancestors and the architects of the Black American songbook, from Duke Ellington to Barry Harris and beyond, via covers and originals on his latest full-length. Read more here.
by Frank Alkyer, Downbeat “This might not be the very last previously unheard music we’ll get from the catalog of Ralph Peterson. But if it is, this is a perfect way to finish. His passing is a great loss to the jazz community, but his music lives on.” Read the full review here.
By Tom Henry, The Toledo Blade The complexity and creativity of composer Tim Hagans can be heard in this disc, which is being released on Friday. Read more here.
By Ed Enright, Downbeat A Conversation is trumpeter-composer Tim Hagans’ fourth collaborative recording project with Germany’s esteemed NDR Bigband, also known as the Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra. Read more here.
By Ron Scheper, Textura From her 2015 release Roots to the two instalments in her Branches project, Tomoko Omura’s Japanese heritage continues to be a remarkably fertile source of inspiration, ideas, and source material for the New York-based jazz violinist. The second chapter makes for a wonderful companion to last year’s inaugural Branches volume and … Read More
By Ron Schepper, Textura Charnett Moffett’s astonishing bass command is evident throughout New Love, his seventh release as a leader for Motéma Music and seventeenth overall. His playing alone warrants the release’s recommendation, but there’s considerably more to like about the project beyond his fretless electric. All twelve songs are compact statements, and his primary … Read More