by Michael Toland, The Big Takeover “The blend of Middle Eastern and Balkan melodies with jazz rhythm and arrangements gives the music a feel that would be exotic to any culture, and it’s one that puts Karam in her own accessible, genre-fluid space. There aren’t many albums quite like Nar, and that’s a very good … Read More
by Richard Kamins, Step Tempest “There are so many highlights (and no weak moments) in the 17-song program.” Read the full review here.
by Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Net “Every once and a while Mr Hernández sets off on a solo sojourn, handpicking his travelling crew to keep on truckin’ into unexplored territory. His 2022 expedition – no doubt the product of pent-up creativity hampered by over two years of pandemic lockdown – appears to be rooted … Read More
by Jean-Pierre Marcel, Ebony Magazine “Samara Joy’s debut has interesting origins. She discovered her extraordinary aptitude in college just a few years ago. This is when she decided to focus her studies on the skills of arrangement, and jazz composition. “Being introduced to this music through school opened my eyes to a whole different community. … Read More
by Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here “Johnson plays the kind of tenor I love to hear. Not too many notes, not too few, but each one reflecting the mood of the piece whilst, at the same time, reflecting the mood of Congo Square as it was then and is now.” Read the complete review here.
Downbeat Magazine – April 2022 Reviews: Mathis Picard – Live at the Museum (Outside In Music) Deanna Witkowski – Force of Nature (MCG Jazz) Scott Burns, John Wojciechowski, Geof Bradfield – Tenor Time (Afar Music) Lennie Tristano – Lennie Tristano Personal Recordings 1946-1970 (Dot Time Records / Mosaic Records) Beat Feature: Bill O’Connell – A … Read More
by Micah Hendler, Forbes “On March 4th, Grammy-nominated vocalist Somi will release a new album—Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba. Makeba (whose given name is “Zenzile”) was one of Africa’s first international superstars, famous in particular for her song, “Pata Pata”—but also used her voice to speak and sing for justice in her native South Africa and … Read More
by Will Friedwald, The New York Sun “..If there’s any specific subgenre of jazz that always suggested a cult to me, though — at least from the outside looking in — it’s that area of the music that gathered around the remarkable pianist, composer, bandleader, educator, and genuine iconoclast Lennie Tristano (1919-1978).” Read the review … Read More
by Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs “Asaf Yuria’s project is both beautifully played, smoothly arranged and offers us memorable compositions that highlight Yuria’s full range of musical talents.” Read the complete reviews of Asaf Yuria’s Exorcisms, Henry Cole’s Buscando La Vida and Itai Kriss’ Supermoon here.
by Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine “Saxophonist, composer, and actor Calvin Johnson Jr. has one of the most soulful, bluesy tenor saxophone tones heard in recent memory.” Read the complete review here.