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 Brett Callwood, LA Weekly “Grammy-nominated keyboardist, singer and songwriter Rachel Eckroth is in the midst of a super-productive career spell. The Arizona native, who had a six-year stint in L.A. between Phoenix and her now-home of Tucson, has just released a new solo album called The Garden. Not only that, but she’s the keyboardist in St. Vincent’s band, … Read More
by Bob Weinberg, Jazziz “Gonzalo Rubalcaba first glimpsed the New York skyline in 1993, when he was granted permission to travel from his native Cuba to attend a memorial service for Dizzy Gillespie. Ironically, Gillespie had been angling to bring the young pianist to the U.S. to tour with him, but had been repeatedly denied … Read More
by Ted Panken, Jazziz “Perhaps the most demanding function in today’s jazz ecosystem is the bass chair in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which Carlos Henriquez assumed in 2002, when he was 22.” Read the full feature here.
by Shaun Brady, Jazziz “In whatever language you speak, esperanza — “hope” in English — has been in distressingly short supply of late, between the turmoil of political divisiveness and the tragedy of a rampaging global virus. But that’s precisely why Negroni’s Trio decided to christen their vibrant 11th album Esperanzas (Sony Latin).” Read the full feature article … Read More
By Bass Player The upright bassist returns with a new compositional style inspired by visual arts and synesthesia, and explains her method for us. Read more here.
by Bass Player Staff, Bass Player “Charnett Moffett has enjoyed a long and productive career in the jazz world, inspired by the example of his late father Charles Moffett, who played drums for Ornette Coleman.” Read the full feature here.
by Ed Masley, Arizona Republic “Rachel Eckroth has just learned that she’s a first-time Grammy nominee when the writer from her former hometown paper calls to talk about the nominated album and her upcoming appearance at the Nash in downtown Phoenix..” Read the full feature article here.
By Ed Masley, AZ Central. Two albums made by Arizona artists will compete in the same category at the 64th annual Grammy Awards, which will be broadcast live on CBS and Paramount+ from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 31. Read more here.
By Simon Rentner, WBGO “Pianist, singer, and composer Rachel Eckroth is more than a musical chameleon. Her shapeshifting is so astonishingly dramatic that there is no upper limit to her creative identity.” Listen to the full episode of The Checkout here.