JAZZIZ: Robin McKelle’s ALTERATIONS Featured in The Week in Jazz

February 14, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Matt Micucci, Jazziz Alterations finds vocalist Robin McKelle delving into the catalog of some of the most celebrated women of songs. The LP features interpretations of music written or associated with a diverse range of artists – including Amy Winehouse, Dolly Parton, Adele, Billie Holiday – through the lens of jazz, plus one original … Read More

REVIEW: Pacific Mambo Orchestra The lll Side – Making A Scene

February 11, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Jim Hynes, Making A Scene The Grammy-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra (PMO) was founded in 2010 by Mexican-born pianist Christian Tumalan and German-born trumpeter Steffen Kuehn. The 20-piece ensemble is the only active Latin Big band on the US West Coast, comprised of some of the Bay Area’s top talent. In addition, this aggregation has … Read More

PREVIEW: Robin McKelle Takes on Classic Sade Beautifully / SoulTracks

February 11, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Justin Kantor, SoulTracks (February 11, 2020) Robin McKelle has spent the past two decades exploring the vast vocal terrains of jazz, soul, and the American songbook. On her ninth album, Alterations, the internationally renowned singer-songwriter delves into the works of female greats ranging from Billie Holiday to Janis Joplin and Dolly Parton. The first … Read More

PREVIEW: Track By Track: JD Walter, ‘Dressed In A Song” – JAZZIZ

February 11, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Matt Micucci, Jazziz Dressed in a Song is vocalist J.D. Walter’s first release since recovering from a life-threatening heart condition and surgeries on his vocal cords. A three-year-in-the-making project, this album is a collection of duets with six of jazz’s most inventive pianists and improvisers: Jim Ridl, Orrin Evans, Jean-Michel Pilc, Marc Cary, Taylor … Read More

REVIEW: Ralph Peterson’s GenNext Big Band in Downbeat

February 11, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Gary Fukushima, Downbeat In 1957, Art Blakey experimented with expanding the Jazz Messengers to a 14-piece band, featuring smart arrangements by trombonist Melba Liston. Thirty years later, he returned to the format, enlisting a young Rutgers grad to sit in the second drum chair. Ralph Peterson had that spot until Blakey’s 1990 death, and … Read More

REVIEW: Andrea Brachfeld, “Double Rainbow” / JAZZIZ

February 10, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Matt Micucci, JAZZIZ Flutist Andrea Brachfeld pays tribute to legendary Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim on Brazilian Whispers, her ninth album as a leader, which was released on January 17 via Origin. The record finds her putting her spin on classic Jobim compositions, including this version of “Double Rainbow,” which features frequent collaborator Bill … Read More

REVIEW: Barbara Fasano at Birdland Theater

February 10, 2020Birdland, Press Reel, Reviews

By Rob Lester, Broadway World I’d like to begin this review of Barbara Fasano‘s evening at Birdland by thanking the longtime personal physician of the late Irving Berlin. The great songwriter revealed that it was his doctor who responded to complaints about Berlin’s anxiety-fueled bouts of insomnia with the suggestion that he dwell instead on … Read More