REVIEW: Emma Frank’s “Ocean Av” Featured by Boston Concert Reviews

October 29, 2018Features, Press Reel, Reviews

Nelson Brill, Boston Concert Reviews Emma Frank, Ocean Ave [Susan Records; www.emmafrankmusic.com]. Frank’s original songs hit the bullseye of breezy pop and effervescent jazz. Her voice is a soft, breathy marvel as she climbs high with supple confidence (on her “Magnolia”; “Best Friend” and the wondrous title track). She also imbues beautiful soft ballads, such as her “Sunless … Read More

BJ Jansen’s “Common Ground” Receives a 4.5 Star review from All About Jazz

September 26, 2017Press Reel, Reviews

Matthew Acquiline, All About Jazz Cincinnati-born baritone saxophonist B.J. Jansen’s tenth album is titled Common Ground for good reason: his sextet consists of NEA Jazz Master trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, drummer Ralph Peterson, trumpeter Duane Eubanks, pianist Zaccai Curtis, and bassist Dezron Douglas—all of whom revel in improvisation. His group’s shared affinity for jazz in the straight-ahead vein compelled Jansen to employ a … Read More

All About Jazz Reviews Jorginho Neto Collective’s “Harlem”

August 18, 2017Press Reel, Reviews

James Nadal, All About Jazz American jazz musicians for years looked to the exciting rhythms and exotic melodies found in Brazilian music, to nourish the music’s evolving nature. In a reversal of roles, the Jorginho Neto Collective, a Brazilian ensemble immersed in urban fusion-funk, step out of their native boundaries to prove that they can … Read More

All About Jazz Reviews Chris McCarthy’s “Sonder”

August 17, 2017Press Reel, Reviews

Troy Dostert, All About Jazz You won’t find too many jazz musicians eager to cover post-punk stalwarts Deerhoof on their debut record, as keyboardist Chris McCarthy does on Sonder. But maybe McCarthy’s not too interested in being regarded as just a “jazz musician.” If anything, the cross-genre creativity on display here suggests that McCarthy is trying … Read More

All About Jazz Reviews Dave Liebman & Joe Lovano’s “Compassion: The Music of John Coltrane”

August 3, 2017Press Reel, Reviews

Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz In 2007 BBC Radio commissioned saxophonist Dave Liebmanto record an all-Coltrane program to mark the 40th anniversary of legendary saxophonist/composer John Coltrane‘s passing. Asked to bring in Saxophone Summit—the band Liebman co-led with fellow saxophonists Joe Lovano and Ravi Coltrane—Liebman managed to assemble regular members Lovano, pianist Phil Markowitz, and drummer Billy Hart, along with bassist Ron McClure as … Read More

Steve Bilodeau’s “The Sun Through The Rain” Receives a 4-Star Review from All About Jazz

August 1, 2017Press Reel, Reviews

Geannine Reid, All About Jazz Guitarist Steve Bilodeau announces his third album to date, The Sun Though the Rain. The project is a collection of spontaneous improvisations spanning a wide range of sonic landscapes: from the tranquil and ethereal, to the chaotic and the raucous. Highlighting saxophonist Richard Garcia and drummer Dor Herskovits with Bilodeau’s guitar sonorities, the trio complements each other … Read More