BEST JAZZ RECORDINGS OF 2018: Chicago Tribune Includes Matt Ulery’s “Sifting Stars” in Yearly Round-Up!

December 9, 2018Features, Press Reel

Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune Matt Ulery: “Sifting Stars” (Woolgathering Records). The mystical quality of Chicago bassist-composer Ulery’s music never fails to cast its spell, regardless of the size or character of the ensemble in question. Here Ulery leads a large group with strings, reeds and horns, plus the other worldly vocals of Grazyna Auguscik and the … Read More

REVIEW: All About Jazz Reviews Ralph Peterson’s GenNext Big Band: “I Remember Bu”

December 7, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

Jack Bowers, All About Jazz In 1983, Art Blakey invited fellow timekeeper Ralph Peterson to perform with Blakey’s two-drummer big band at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival. It was a life-changing experience for Peterson, whose debut album with his Boston-based GenNext Big Band, I Remember Bu,honors Blakey’s memory (the late drummer’s Muslim name was Abdullah ibn Buhaina, and he was … Read More

REVIEW: Aquarian Weekly Reviews Eden Bareket’s “Night”

December 7, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly Chord-less jazz bands walk a high wire with no net. Without the glue of either guitar or piano chording, the musicians have to weave their notes in and around each other creating a cohesive whole. On the mystifying, circuitous, complex, satisfying and wholly entertaining Night (Fresh Sounds Records), Brazilian/Israeli New Yorker Eden Bareket plays a dazzling … Read More

REVIEW: Aquarian Weekly Reviews Ilhan Ersahin’s “Istanbul Sessions – Solar Plexus”

December 6, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly As the fourth installment of his esteemed “Istanbul Sessions,” Solar Plexus (Nublu Music) by Ilhan Ersahin, is one of the most adventurous, satisfying, eclectic, cinematic, far-out CDs of 2018. A fascinating individual — saxophonist, keyboardist, composer, arranger and the head of New York City’s hip room on Avenue C called Nublu — this guy’s … Read More

REVIEW: The Arts Fuse Reviews “Kelly Green Trio: Volume One”

December 6, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

Steve Provizer, The Arts Fuse Kelly Green and her trio are essentially mainstream players, but they explore a lot of challenging territory within that framework. Volume One is the first album release for vocalist and pianist Kelly Green as a trio with Alex Tremblay on bass and Evan Hyde on drums. They maintain a high level of group communication throughout this superb … Read More