By Matt Micucci, Jazziz “Puerto Rican master drummer/composer/arranger Henry Cole is known for his versatility and groove. Over the years, he has performed with many of the greats, from Miguel Zenón to Gary Burton and beyond. During this time of intense activity, he also developed his own idiosyncratic “mestizo sound,” which synthesizes African, Indigeound and … Read More
By Geno Thackara, All About Jazz “The Havana-born pianist played quite a few of his own early-career performances alongside Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette after first settling in Florida in the 1990s, and the romping Skyline is a celebration of his heroes-turned-colleagues as much as a showcase for Rubalcaba’s own key-pounding. The leader has enough skill and fluid versatility at … Read More
By Steve Feeney, ArtsFuse Havana-born Gonzalo Rubalcaba, 58, has teamed up with esteemed jazz veterans Ron Carter, 84, and Jack DeJohnette, 79, for a release that exhibits a refined ease of expression. That said, Skyline doesn’t fully deliver on the high expectations promised by the personnel. But, leaving that consideration aside, the recording has more … Read More
By Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here “It shows its roots in the cover versions but there’s energy in those tracks and the originals keep those levels up.” Read the full review here.
Cecil Taylor – The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert to be released on February 15, 2022 via Oblivion Records Oblivion Records is delighted to announce the February 15, 2022 release of Cecil Taylor – The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert, marking the first chance for listeners to hear the legendary pianist’s 1973 return to live … Read More
By Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine “Buscando La Vida was born from two very different events – a fire that destroyed master drummer, composer, and arranger Henry Cole’s NYC apartment and an unexpected New Jazz Works grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation once he had relocated to his native Puerto Rico. With both the loss and the gain occurring … Read More
by Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs “This is improvised madness, swathed in Avant-garde wrapping paper like an unusual holiday present. You can’t wait to open it, on the celebratory morning, but when you do, you are both shocked and enchanted by the uniqueness of the gift.” Read the full review here.
By Rob Lester, Talkin’ Broadway Looking for variety in song styles and versatility of performance? You’ll find it on the rewarding release named Michael Stephenson Meets the Alexander Claffy Trio. If the title suggests all parties are meeting for the first time, we must ignore that because singer-saxophonist Stephenson and bassist/bandleader Claffy have been friends … Read More
Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater: December 1 – December 31 Schedule Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are proudly open this December with a full slate of nightly performances! At Birdland Jazz Club, catch Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints, John Fedchock Sextet, Stacey Kent, Jay Leonhart, NY Youth Symphony Jazz Band, … Read More
by Nate Chinen, WBGO “His new album on Outside in Music, Unamuno Songs and Stories, adapts some of the ideas Unamuno articulated during the Spanish Civil War to our own present moment of doubt and division, with an underlying note of hope.” See the full article and video here.