By Nate Chinen, NPR “An Alice Coltrane chant turned Afrofuturist soul jam, with Benjamin’s saxophone and Meshell Ndegeocello’s bass backing Georgia Anne Muldrow’s authoritative vocal. Peace, meet Power. —” Listen to the playlist here.
By Richard Kamins, Step Tempest The dynamic young alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is steadily maturing into one of the more exciting musicians on the contemporary scene. Ms. Benjamin, born in New York City, attended the Fiorello LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and went on to the New School. Vocalist, composer, educator, and producer … Read More
By Simon Rentner, The Checkout Thana Alexa had it all mapped out. Her new album, ONA, was set to launch her solo career to new heights. She was featured — with her husband, drummer Antonio Sánchez — on the cover of DownBeat magazine. Then the coronavirus put her nationwide tour on hold, along with countless other … Read More
By Stephanie Jones, Downbeat Inside Bronx Music House, standing lamps bloom like roses. Percussion instruments hang like ivy on the walls. A stone’s throw from Yankee Stadium, the apartment and practice space provides emerging artists a place to shed and session together—and now, a place to quarantine. Read the full feature here.
George Harris, Jazz Weekly Drummer Vince Ector gives a comfort food of an album with a blue plate organ team anchored by Pat Bianchi at the keys along with Bruce Williams on alto or soprano sax and guest Paul Bollenback on guitar for half the tunes. Ector is crisp and clear, leading the team on … Read More
by Richard Kamins, Step Tempest The Chicago Yestet, the brainchild of trombonist and composer Joel Adams, a veteran of the Woody Herman Orchestra as well as the Chicago music scene, is a unique large ensemble. The band, in existence for a dozen years, includes three saxophones, two trumpets, two trombones, guitar, bass, drums, a vocalist plus a … Read More
By Wulf Mueller, Wulf’s Music + Blog It seems while at home many people use their social networks more than usual and therefore a lot of challenges have popped up – I did the photo one charting my life in 9 pictures, but some of the others I can’t do. How can someone who goes … Read More
By Wulf Mueller, Wulf’s Music + Blog – singer/song writer McKelle digs for her new album into the works of some of the most celebrated female artists of the past and present: from Billie Holiday via Joni Mitchell to Amy Winehouse and Adele, to name just a few. Read the full review here.
By Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs This is a captivating album that features Mr. Prené’s harmonica mastery and showcases his composer skills. He is featured along with Brian Charette on Hammond B3 organ and Jordan Young on drums. It’s the 5th release from this acclaimed musician and celebrates the Frenchman’s well-spent time in New York … Read More