Jonathan Barber and His Steadfast Ensemble Vision Ahead Announce the May 13th Release of Their Dynamic New Album Poetic Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead are pleased to announce the May 13th release of Poetic, their powerful third album. With Poetic, Barber and the group present a dynamic, refined sound; the album showcases not only the … Read More
Month: March 2022
NEW RELEASE: Vocalist John Minnock Presents ‘Simplicity’ out May 20, 2022 via Dot Time Records
Singer and master song interpreter John Minnock reunites with Dave Liebman on Simplicity for Dot Time Records, out May 20, 2022 Pre-release show at Birdland Jazz Club on April 10 “Minnock’s phrasing seamlessly veers from romantic to lighthearted and acerbic alongside an accomplished crew” — DownBeat on Herring Cove Singer and master song interpreter John … Read More
NEW RELEASE: 3x GRAMMY-winner Spanish Harlem Orchestra Presents ‘Imágenes Latinas’ due out May 20, 2022 via Ovation Records
3x GRAMMY-winner Spanish Harlem Orchestra conjures new magic with Imágenes Latinas, new album due out May 20, 2022 via Ovation Records Release show at DROM, New York City on May 20, 2022 “… one of the most important contemporary Latin music ensembles in existence today.” – Raul Da Gama, Latin Jazz Network Within the vast … Read More
FEATURE: Drummer Mike Clark, More Than the Master of Funk – Jazziz
by John Frederick Moore, Jazziz “It’s one week after the remnants of Hurricane Ida left much of New York City severely flooded. Mike Clark is on the phone discussing the harrowing ride home he had on the night of the late-August 2021 storm with fellow drumming pioneer Lenny White after White’s gig at Birdland. The … Read More
REVIEW: Catherine Russell’s ‘Send For Me’ – Jazziz
by Sascha Feinstein, Jazziz “Singer Catherine Russell’s eighth album as leader, Send for Me, buoyantly celebrates the spirit and history of traditional jazz, starting with “Did I Remember,” famously recorded by Billie Holiday in 1936.” Read the complete review here.
NEW RELEASE: Pianist Ben Markley and Drummer Ari Hoenig Team Up On ARI’S FUNHOUSE due out April 15, 2022 via OA2
Pianist and arranger Ben Markley and drum icon Ari Hoenig present Ari’s Funhouse, a riotous ride featuring Big Band arrangements of Hoenig’s most beloved and adventurous compositions due out April 15, 2022 via OA2 NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Ben Markley is a pianist, arranger, and leader of the Ben Markley Big Band, a daring … Read More
REVIEW: Negroni’s Trio’s ‘Esperanzas’ – All About Jazz
by Edward Blanco, All About Jazz “One sampling of Esperanzas is enough to give one new hope that music can conquer all. Pianist Jose Negroni and his exceptional trio has quite possibly recorded another Latin Grammy-nominated contender with another dazzling performance.” Read the 4.5 star review here.
REVIEW: Christiane Karam’s ‘Nar’ – The Big Takeover
by Michael Toland, The Big Takeover “The blend of Middle Eastern and Balkan melodies with jazz rhythm and arrangements gives the music a feel that would be exotic to any culture, and it’s one that puts Karam in her own accessible, genre-fluid space. There aren’t many albums quite like Nar, and that’s a very good … Read More
REVIEW: SOMI’s ‘Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba’ – Step Tempest
by Richard Kamins, Step Tempest “There are so many highlights (and no weak moments) in the 17-song program.” Read the full review here.
REVIEW: Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre’s ‘Visión’ – Latin Jazz Net
by Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Net “Every once and a while Mr Hernández sets off on a solo sojourn, handpicking his travelling crew to keep on truckin’ into unexplored territory. His 2022 expedition – no doubt the product of pent-up creativity hampered by over two years of pandemic lockdown – appears to be rooted … Read More