By Nate Chinen, WBGO Solo piano is a consecrated calling for Kirk Lightsey, who made his name partly on the strength of a series of albums in that format more than 35 years ago. So it would be accurate in some sense to hail his exquisite new release — I Will Never Stop Loving You, arriving … Read More
By Editor, NQ Jazz Pianist Haeun Joo completes our list with her first album of fantastic original compositions, entitled We Will Find. Joo, who plays piano and sings on the recording, is joined by Matt Holman on trumpet and flugelhorn, Doug Weiss on bass, Ronen Itzik on drums. Read more here.
By Editor, NQ Jazz his week’s theme is quartets. Trumpeter Bruce Harris strikes an elegant balance between traditional and contemporary jazz styles on his sophomore album, Soundview. Leading a quartet which features Sullivan Fortner on piano, David Wong on bass, and Aaron Kimmel on drums, the Wynton Marsalis-touted composer and leader covers a couple of … Read More
By Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama “The fast-paced rhythm of the world of Jazz was changing and Mr Armstrong being the pioneer that he was perhaps took his time reacting to the changes. But when he did, it was what everyone had been waiting for; a return to the style of his greatest achievements, … Read More
By Nate Chinen, WBGO Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE may be Corea’s final scheduled release, but it isn’t his last recorded work. That distinction belongs to Songs From My Father, the new album by drummer Gerry Gibbs. Read more here.
by Scott Haas, The Bay State Banner Jazz and soul vocalist Allan Harris is finding new audiences to add to his fan base that stretches back decades. A fixture of the NYC music scene, Harris has a new album out this year with all of the songs his own compositions, and he just completed a sold-out gig … Read More
by Matt Micucci, Jazziz “Vocalist John Minnock has shared with us his live performance of the classic song, “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” also featuring saxophone great Dave Liebman. The performance was recorded last year at New York’s Feinstein’s/54 Below, where Minnock will be returning for a concert celebrating his most recent album, last … Read More
by Matt Micucci, Jazziz “Saxophonist/composer Keith Loftis releases today his first album in about a decade and his fourth as a leader overall. Original State is a fine swinging showcase of his compositional abilities, featuring an all-star cast including pianist John Chin, bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Willie Jones III.” Read the full New Release … Read More
by Matt Silver, WRTI Louis Armstrong is so often framed as a jazz forefather that it becomes easy to lose sight of how much music—really good music—he recorded in the late ’40s, ’50s, and even well into the 1960s. With the release of The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia & RCA Victor Studio Sessions, 1946-66, Mosaic … Read More
by Tom Henry, Toledo Blade Jazz aficionados are abuzz about a massive boxed set recently published by Mosaic Records, The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia & RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-66. It’s a gorgeous, seven-CD collection of important work Armstrong did during the latter half of his career. Read the full feature story here.