REVIEW: Step Tempest Reviews Ralph Peterson & Messenger Legacy

May 22, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest The drummer, educator, and mentor Ralph Peterson literally burst into the public ears in 1985 as a member of O.T.B. (Out of the Blue), a group of young musicians that Blue Records Records created to showcase younger talent.  He worked with so many musicians through his career including Tom Harrell, Terence … Read More

REVIEW: Downbeat Reviews Sivan Arbel’s “Change of Light”

May 22, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Tyran Grillo, Downbeat – 3.5 Stars Three years after debuting with Broken Lines, Israeli-born vocalist, composer and bandleader Sivan Arbel returns with Change of Light. The title itself answers the album’s most soulful questions, shining the sun of fresh melodies, words and arrangements through the window of a maturing life. Standing firmly at the crossroads … Read More

REVIEW: Ben Winkelman’s “Balance” Reviewed by All About Jazz

May 21, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By Geno Thackara, All About Jazz Ben Winkelman‘s fascinating trajectory has taken him from Australia to New York with a most stimulating detour through Cuba. With world-spanning roots spread over all those territories, his approach to the keys insistently leans bright and rhythmic, which is an absolute delight for listeners who enjoy their tropical sunshine … Read More

GLIDE MAGAZINE: Vocalist, Composer & Producer Vivian Sessoms Returns with Powerful, Eclectic “LIFE II”

May 18, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine This past November vocalist, composer and producer Vivian Sessoms released Life, her first full album in ten years, to much acclaim and now the much-anticipated companion, Life II, follows. It’s a jazz-influenced piece that carries elements of R&B, spoken word, and hints of classical. Sessoms is one who likes to push the boundaries and this installment goes further … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Jake Leckie’s “The Abode”

May 18, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

George Harris, Jazz Weekly Bassist and composer Jake Leckie mixes a post bop team of Kenny Warren/tp-fh, Nathan Ellman-Bell/dr and Sebastien Ammann/p with a collection of guests including sax, voice, organ and a string section to create a rich sonic tapestry . The string trio adds Britten tones to the yearning “The Abode,” Evey Paige’s … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Journal (UK) Reviews Eden Bareket’s “Night”

May 18, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Brian Morton, Jazz Journal  Sometimes the jazz fairy really is listening. I was spooling through some old stuff recently, after writing a posthumous appreciation of Hamiet Bluiett and thought to myself I wonder if there are any good young baritone players coming through that I haven’t heard of? And then Night turns up in the mail. I’d … Read More

REVIEW: Greg Ward Presents Rogue Parade’s “Stomping Off From Greenwood” Reviewed by JazzTimes

May 17, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By: David Whiteis, JazzTimes If, as critic Larry Kart has postulated, jazz is a “form of self-enactment in sound,” then this “enactment” must become ambiguous, even contradictory, as the very concept of “self” in our culture becomes increasingly fluid and ineffable.  Case in point: Stomping Off From Greenwood’s opener, “Metropolis,” which melds influences and identities … Read More