By Matt Micucci, Jazziz On their first recorded full-length collaboration, longtime friends vocalist Michael Stephenson and bassist Alexander Claffy offer their renditions of wide-ranging material from 20th-century American composers, including staples by Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Nat “King” Cole and beyond. Michael Stephenson Meets the Alexander Claffy Trio, released on vinyl this month, also marks … Read More
Month: October 2021
REVIEW: Sasha Dobson’s Album Release Concert at Birdland Theater Puts Artistry and Originality Center Stage – Broadway world
By Stephen Mosher, BWW There are those performers working in cabaret and concert because the harsh world (and the imbalance of opportunities) of musical theater did not have the courtesy of making a place at the table for them. Read more here.
REVIEW: Samara Joy – Hi-Fi News
By Steve Harris, Hi-Fi News Samara fittingly scooped the Sarah Vaughan vocal award in 2019, having studied Sarah (along with Billie, Ella, and Nat King Cole) at SUNY Purchase. Still only 21, she recorded this set of standards under the aegis of Matt Pierson, noted producer of Brad Mehldau and Sophie Milman. She’s backed by … Read More
REVIEW: Haeun Joo “We Will Find” – Jazz Weekly
By George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Pianist and composer Haeun Joo creates relaxed and impressionistic moods with a post bop team of Matt Holman/tp-fh, Doug Weiss/b and Ronen Itzik/dr with her 8 originals. Read more here.
REVIEW: Hilary Kole “Sophisticated Lady” – Jazz Journal
By Derek Ansell, Jazz Journal The start of Hilary Kole’s career as a jazz vocalist dates to 1998. As a very young vocalist she did the obligatory club sets of the time which consisted of four hours with 55 minutes on stage and five off for breaks. So, she certainly paid her dues early on. … Read More
REVIEW: Champian Fulton: Live from Lockdown (Self-released) – JazzTimes
By Morgan Enos, JazzTimes We know what you’re thinking: Oh, great, here come the pandemic albums. Those who didn’t merely dump their offerings on Bandcamp during the initial wave, the artists who actually paid for a publicist and a pressing plant, are just now putting out their quarantine music. But if any COVID releases endure, … Read More
REVIEW: Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s trio finds that swinging sweet spot on ‘Skyline’ – NPR
By Kevin Whitehead, NPR The Cuban piano whiz teams up with American jazz greats Jack DeJohnette and Ron Carter on a new album. Skyline is three masters enjoying each other’s company, with us listeners as lucky eavesdroppers. Read more here.
The Listening Guide: Mehmet Ali Sanlikol “An Elegant Ritual” – NQ Jazz
By NQ Jazz This week’s theme is sounds from around the globe. Read more here.
LLP LATINO: Michael Eckroth con respaldo boricua – PRPOP
By Vicente Toledo, Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular En la nueva producción del pianista, colaboran los puertorriqueños Apolo Ayala (bajo), Joel Mateo (batería) y el percusionista Carlos Maldonado. Para leer más presione aquí.
NEW RELEASE: Pianist Steven Feifke and Trumpeter and Vocalist Benny Benack III Collaborate on Holiday Record SEASON’S SWINGIN’ GREETINGS due out November 19, 2021 via Cellar Music Group
Cellar Music Group Announces November 19, 2021 Release of Season’s Swingin’ Greetings – A Spirited Big Band Holiday Celebration Featuring Renowned Trumpeter and Vocalist Benny Benack III with Acclaimed Pianist, Arranger and Big Band Leader Steven Feifke “There’s an attractive mixture of sincerity and humor to be found in the way this crew addresses the … Read More