NEW RELASE CHEAT SHEET: Sam Pilnick’s Nonet Project, The Adler Suite – JAZZIZ

July 6, 2021New Release, Press Reel

By Matt Micucci, Jazziz Saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist/music educator Sam Pilnick releases today his first full-length album, The Adler Suite, including original compositions performed with his steadfast ensemble, Sam Pilnick’s Nonet Project. On this record, the Chicago-based bandleader takes listeners on a trip to outer space with his nine-movement suite inspired by the Windy City’s scenic Adler Planetarium, … Read More

FEATURE: Ulysses Owens Jr. Plays it Forward — Downbeat

July 2, 2021Features, Press Reel

By Gary Fukushima, Downbeat On the opening track of drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.’s new big band album, he plays five sharp rim shots, which catapult the band into “Two Bass Hit,” the brash John Lewis/Dizzy Gillespie composition first recorded by Gillespie and his jazz orchestra in 1947. However, this arrangement is closer to the sextet … Read More

FEATURE: Ulysses Owens Jr. Plays it Forward – Downbeat

July 2, 2021Features, Press Reel

By Gary Fukushima, Downbeat On the opening track of drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.’s new big band album, he plays five sharp rim shots, which catapult the band into “Two Bass Hit,” the brash John Lewis/Dizzy Gillespie composition first recorded by Gillespie and his jazz orchestra in 1947. However, this arrangement is closer to the sextet … Read More

NPR: NPR Music’s 26 Favorite Albums Of 2021 (So Far) – The Baylor Project – Generations

July 2, 2021Press Reel, Reviews

by Nikki Birch, NPR The Baylor Project, Generations Thrice Grammy-nominated husband and wife Marcus and Jean Baylor have outdone themselves with their latest offering, Generations. The album is a portal through the expansive legacy of Black music. Highlights include “2020,” which features Marcus’ explosively musical drumming; an acrobatic scat masterclass by Jean and guests Dianne Reeves and Jazzmeia … Read More