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.
New York City Jazz Record, March 2022 Review by Anna Steegmann – Adi Meyerson – I Want To Sing My Heart Out In Praise of Life – Page 17 Review by Mark Keresman – Roxy Coss – Disparate Parts – Page 18 Review by Ken Dryden – Deanna Witkowski – Force of Nature – Page … Read More
by Jack Bowers, All About Jazz “Pianist Bill O’Connell, who has been at the top of his game for more than four decades with no signs of slowing down, says each of his albums is a snapshot of how he is feeling at a particular time in his life. A Change Is Gonna Come expresses O’Connell’s frame … Read More
by Lee Rice Epstein, The Free Jazz Collective “Taylor is a fascinating composer, and listening to sets of performances within the same year really help listeners focus on how the compositions were shifting and changing, where lines are played within clusters or through solo runs. Circulation of dubiously sourced bootlegs has filled many gaps in … Read More
by Ben Richmond, AfroPop Worldwide “For the last seven years, Somi has been grappling with the legacy of Miriam Makeba. The South African singer/songwriter and anti-apartheid activist is an icon and legend across Africa and elsewhere. But despite spending time in America, being right in the center of the mid-20th century New York jazz and … Read More