By William H. Snyder, All About Jazz Chien Chien Lu is a vibes and marimba player who lived the first quarter of a century of her life in Taiwan. This year she is closing in on 32 years of age. One of three children, she went to church with Dad and temple with Mom—her father … Read More
By Ron Schepper, Textura “If there’s a melancholy undercurrent to the debut album by Sam Blakeslee and his Wistful Thinking ensemble, there’s good reason for it.” Read the full review here.
Pianist Shedrick Mitchell Presents Euphonic Masterwork What Do You Say? Bandcamp-exclusive release on August 13, worldwide release on September 16, 2021 Pianist, organist, producer, and arranger Shedrick Mitchell is thrilled to announce the release of his new album What Do You Say? A euphonic masterwork featuring a heavy-hitting ensemble of celebrated musicians, Mitchell’s first ensemble … Read More
Mafalda Minnozzi Reimagines the Music of Italian Cinema on Cinema City – Jazz Scenes from Italian Film, out October 1, 2021 Renowned vocalist Mafalda Minnozzi is thrilled to announce the release of Cinema City – Jazz Scenes from Italian Film. On her new album, which is due out on October 1, 2021, the inimitable Minnozzi … Read More
By Gina Loves Jazz “Jean and Marcus Baylor released their new album “Generations” back in June and it follows us ever since. Four years after “The Journey“, this new album is so rich and diverse and entertaining at the same time – a rare feat these days. “ Read the full, 5-star review here.
by Yves Sportis, Jazz Hot Jazz Hot recently published reviews of The Generation Quartet’s Invitation, Leon Lee Dorsey’s Thank You, Mr. Mabern!, Bruce Harris’ Soundview and the Glenn Close / Ted Nash collaboration, Transformation. All of these reviews can be read in French here.
By Morgan Enos, Jazz Times “Some artists attempt to obfuscate their influences, or pretend they exist in a vacuum. Not Samara Joy. The 21-year-old jazz singer freely admits she’s the product of a particular dyad: Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. “This music is my foundation for sure,” she told GRAMMY.com in 2021. “When I want to learn … Read More
Pianist & Vocalist Champian Fulton, with Father Stephen Fulton, Present LIVE FROM LOCKDOWN New Album Due Out on September 10, 2021 The multifaceted pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton is pleased to announce the release of her new album Live from Lockdown, due out September 10, 2021. After her captivating Sunday-evening webcasts took audiences by storm throughout … Read More
By Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama “The fast-paced rhythm of the world of Jazz was changing and Mr Armstrong being the pioneer that he was perhaps took his time reacting to the changes. But when he did, it was what everyone had been waiting for; a return to the style of his greatest achievements, … Read More
By Greg Bryant, WBGO “Ben-Hur’s new album, Stories, chronicles the latest chapter in his approach, combining songs from his childhood with originals that address more recent social issues and the quest for freedom. To realize his vision, the guitarist chose a lineup that includes trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, drummer Victor Lewis, pianist George Cables, bassist Harvie S … Read More