By Geno Thackara, All About Jazz Between an evocative compositional voice and some expressive wordless singing to enrich the tonal palette, this is a short but richly sweet meditation which says a lot more than it first seems. Read more here.
By Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz Pianist and composer Rachel Eckroth travels a twisty road on this CD, creating an ever-changing mix of jazz, prog rock, and fusion which utilizes off- center beats and swarming electronic effects. Read more here.
By Ludovico Granvassu, All About Jazz Jazz is not a competitive sport and “Best Ofs” are misnomers. End of the year listicles have no bearing on the artistic standing of the albums they include, or on those they neglect, just like a five star review doesn’t make the album it graces any better than it … Read More
by Alan Young, New York Music Daily/Lucid Culture “Singer Mafalda Minnozzi‘s career spans the worlds of jazz, tropicalia and Mediterranean balladry. Her new album Cinema City: Jazz Scenes From Italian Film – streaming at Bandcamp – is a perfect vehicle for her since the collection underscores the close affinity between Italian film music from the 50s onward, … Read More
By Scott Haas, The Bay State Banner azz musicians released albums this year to celebrate life after incubation brought on by the pandemic. Six albums stand out with enough depth, surprise and harmony to bear listening to weekly. One is a surprising discovery, recorded in 1961 and only released two weeks ago! Read more here. … Read More
by Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald “On her full-length debut, the vocalist and pianist is backed by Derek Stoll on bass, piano and organ and Dave Lake on drums for an assured and creative mix of standards, originals and left-field covers. There’s much to admire here, from the trio’s smooth take on Hoagy Carmichael’s I Get … Read More
by Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat “Recording almost half of this jazz album remotely, singer-trumpeter Benny Benack III and pianist-conductor-arranger Steven Feifke put their enthusiasm for Christmastime and the eight days of Hanukkah to good use on wintry material played by a 16-piece band and smaller groups.” Read the full article here.
by Richard Kamins, Step Tempest “Ms. Close and Mr. Nash decided to work together after the actress hosted the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (of which Mr. Nash is a charter member) after a concert near her summer home in Maine.” Read the full article here.
by Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz Variety in personnel proves to be a real virtue for this album, but the comings and goings of various individuals and outfits never threatens to overshadow the leading light. Eckroth’s consistently impressive handiwork and creative dynamism remain the driving forces in this music. Read the full review here.
Tenor Time brings together Chicago’s tenor titans for a collaborative montage of creative and expressive brilliance Scott Burns, John Wojciechowski and Geof Bradfield are Tenor Time, presented by AFAR Music, to be released January 21, 2022 Jazz as a creative music and art form holds a heavy tradition of collaboration. From Charlie Parker and Coleman … Read More