By Kevin Johnson, No Treble Jazz great Dave Young has released Mantra, his sixteenth album as a leader. The bassist – known for his work with artists including Oscar Peterson and Tommy Flanagan – featured his normal sextet plus three guests: Ewen Farncombe on organ, John Johnson on alto sax and flute, and Les Allt … Read More
By Peter Gamble, Jazz Journal “Drummer Mike Clark cemented his reputation as a musician to be reckoned with when part of Herbie Hancock’s band in the early 70s and his subsequent track record shows a long list of associations with the music’s elite. Similarly, the Canadian born saxophonist Michael Zilber has found himself in exalted … Read More
By Lucinda Breeding-Gonzales, Denton Record-Chronicle “Dave Meder didn’t set out to make a record during the pandemic. But when the University of North Texas music professor returned to some of his favorite literature — the poems and essays of 20th-century Basque-Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno — he recognized a kinship between himself and the writer. … Read More
By Adam Feibel, Jazz.FM Juno-winning bassist and composer Dave Young has shared the details of his latest album Mantra, coming in November. Read more here.
By Joe Ross, Roots Music Report “Vocalist/saxophonist Michael Stephenson and bassist Alexander Claffy have been friends since age 13. With this collaboration, they bring their ‘Philly soul to the hallowed grounds of the Rudy Van Gelder Studio’ in New Jersey.” Read the full review here.
By Geno Thackara, All About Jazz At the other end of the density scale, while Kirk Lightsey‘s ivory-tickling also packs in a lot more than it seems, this whole recital still feels lighter than air. The program is comfortably familiar as a warm blanket (almost all ’60s bop staples, all frequent mainstays through his career), … Read More
By Tom Stevens, Take Effect The saxophonist Mark Zaleski pays homage to his mentor, Dave Brubeck, across these 7 tracks, where Jon Bean, Mark Cocheo, Danny Weller, Oscar Suchanek, Michael Mayo, and his brother, Glenn Zaleski, put a modern twist on old songs. Read this review here.
By Editor, Jazzwise “Over nine spellbinding compositions, the South-Korea native approaches large-ensemble jazz in a personal and adventurous storytelling manner. Lee invites listeners into her creative world, finding sounds and musical equivalents for her thoughts and emotions. A glimpse of her method is captured on a video of the studio sessions for the track, ‘Suji’.” Watch … Read More
by Jack Bowers, All About Jazz “It is always nice to have a goal in life, something that urges you to arise in the morning and face the day ahead. For saxophonist Dave Liebman, that goal means catching the “Trane” he has been chasing for more than sixty years—ever since, as a teenager, he first saw … Read More
By Paul Medrano, Best of Jazz Exorcisms is tenor saxophonist Asaf Yuria’s sophomore album, after his 2018 release Papa Wawa. Exorcismswas released on November 5, 2021, on Jojo Records and was recorded at Sear Sound in NYC during winter 2019. For his new release, Asaf Yuria gathered trumpeter Josh Evans, trombonist Jonathan Voltzok, pianist Jeremy … Read More