REVIEW: Textura Reviews Eden Bareket’s “Night”

January 14, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura The baritone saxophone would seem to be less a wieldy horn than the soprano, alto, and tenor, but on Night the Buenos Aires-born, Israel-raised, and New York-residing Eden Bareket plays with a remarkable degree of agility. With the saxist joined by his brother Or on bass and Felix Lecaros on drums, the nine-track set, … Read More

REVIEW: Textura Reviews Gabriel Zucker’s “Weighting”

January 10, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura Appropriately for a recording so titled, Weighting presents music of such raw, elemental force it often feels like it’s welled up from the earth like a geophysical event. Drummer Tyshawn Sorey, trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, and saxophonist Eric Trudel perform pianist Gabriel Zucker’s compositions with an at times volcanic intensity, though they also play with … Read More

NPR Jazz Critics Poll 2018!

January 10, 2019Features, Listings, Press Reel

13th Annual Jazz Critics Poll Spanish Harlem Orchestra – Anniversary (ArtistShare) Latin – Karl Ackerman  (All About Jazz) New Releases – Russ Musto (New York City Jazz Record, DownBeat)     Henry Conerway III – With Pride For Dignity (Self-released) New Releases – Richard B. Kamins (Step Tempest) New Releases – Peter Quinn (Jazzwise, The Arts Desk) Debut –  Richard B. Kamins (Step Tempest) … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Gene Ess’ “Apotheosis” and Ralph Peterson’s Gen-Next Big Band’s “I Remember Bu”

January 10, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

George Harris, Jazz Weekly Leader Gene Ess plays guitar and synth as he brings together the pastoral team of Thana Alexa/voc, Sebastien Ammann/p, Yosushi Nakamura/b and Clarence Penn/dr to interpret his own rich compositions. Alexa sounds wonderful as she uses her wordless voice away from hubby Antonio Sanchez to give lovely textures to the soft … Read More

DOWNBEAT EDITORS’ PICKS: Ellen Rowe’s “Momentum, Portraits Of Women In Motion” & Greg Ward’s “Stomping Off From Greenwood”

January 8, 2019Features, Press Reel, Reviews

Ellen Rowe Octet Momentum, Portraits Of Women In Motion (Smokin’ Sleddog) J.D. Considine, Downbeat There are two ways a listener might understand Ellen Rowe’s ambitious new album, Momentum, Portraits Of Women In Motion. One would be to consider the concept, in which Rowe pays tribute to great women of politics, music and sports, and the fact that … Read More