REVIEW: Aubrey Johnson: Unraveled Album review – All About Jazz

March 28, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz Serving as a statement of elucidation, exploration and emotional reasoning, Unraveled lays bare a unique soul while presenting a clear-headed means of disentangling complex artistic threads. It’s an album that’s as sophisticated as it is accessible and as personal as it is universal in its line(s) of thought. In … Read More

FINANCIAL TIMES: Lakecia Benjamin’s “PURSUANCE” Reviewed

March 27, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

by Mike Hobart, Financial Times John and Alice Coltrane’s combined musical legacy stretches from angular be-bop and fierce expressionism to spiritual jazz and is a prime influence on the current resurgence in modern jazz. Their work is much covered, but, as alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin’s zesty jam-session take shows, if you pay respect and avoid … Read More

FEATURE: Live From Our Living Rooms in Rolling Stone

March 27, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone The first jazz festival of the quarantine era will take place next week. An impressive lineup of A-list names in the genre will come together virtually for Live From Our Living Rooms, an online music festival and fundraiser. Guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist Chick Corea, bassist Christian McBride, vocalist Becca Stevens … Read More

REVIEW: Laila Biali reviewed in Musical Memoirs

March 27, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs Here is an artist who blends jazz and pop/soul and folk music in a way that still crowns ‘jazz’ king. Her voice crosses genres. She has a tenacious delivery and exhibits a soaring vocal range on the very first tune of her album. Read the full review here.  

REVIEW: Joel Adam’s The Chicago Yestet reviewed by Step Tempest

March 27, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Richard B. 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 … Read More

REVIEW: Svetlana in Hot house Jazz Guide

March 27, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Don Jay Smith, Hot House Born and raised in Moscow, Svetlana fell for jazz at a young age. After immigrating to New York in the 1990s, she pursued passions for science and music, with music winning out. She has performed around the world, leading various ensembles, and attracting enthusiastic audiences with her swinging vocals … Read More

REVIEW: Thana Alexa in Hot House Jazz Guide

March 27, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Stephanie Jones, Hot House Few artists challenge perceived limits of their own medium as earnestly as Thana Alexa. The Queens-based vocalist and composer of Croatian lineage creates expanding blankets of sound with her own voice, using effects pedals and processors. Read the full review here.    

REVIEW: Elsa Nilsson in Hot House Jazz Guide

March 27, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Bettie Hu, Hot House Flutist and composer Elsa Nilsson experiments as deliberately with harmonic ideas and rhythmic elements as she does with sound itself. Her live performances draw listeners into a tempoed narrative of spontaneity and inquiry. Full review here.  

REVIEW: Expansions-The Dave Liebman Group: Earth / Jazz Weekly

March 27, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Dreamy landscapes, like a trip to Monument Valley, are created by Dave Liebman with his soprano sax and wood flute teaming up with Matt Vashlishan/synth, Bobby Avey/p, Tony Marino/b and Alex Ritz/dr. Everyone gets a chance for some solos on their own “Interludes” with each artist creating rich pastel … Read More