BEST OF 2020: Thana Alexa, Regina Carter, Trio Grande Make List – 33third

January 1, 2021Best of 2020, Press Reel, Reviews

by Michael Ambrosino, 33third Trio Grande, Trio Grande If Sonny Rollins perfected the Jazz trio, then drummer Antonio Sanchez has perfected its distant electronic cousin. Trio Grande morphs Sanchez’s mastery with the talents of guitar savant Gilad Hekselman and fiery saxophonist Will Vinson, shaping an album that sounds much larger than just a trio. Propelled by this … Read More

REVIEW: Brandi Disterheft’s ‘Surfboard’ – JazzTimes

December 29, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

by Philip Booth, JazzTimes “It’s probably no coincidence that Brandi Disterheft’s prowess as a bassist, on her fifth album as a leader, shines particularly bright on “The Pendulum at Falcon’s Lair” and “Del Sasser,” as both were penned by bass players: the former, with its tricky, sprinting bebop line, by Oscar Pettiford and the latter, … Read More

REVIEW: The Brianna Thomas Band’s ‘Everybody Knows’ – DownBeat

December 28, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

by Brian Morton, Downbeat “In an interview from several years ago significantly titled “Going Beyond Categorization,” Brianna Thomas talks about her sense of song already being present and simply happening upon it. That might also apply to her own songcraft, in which she already has escaped genre categorization.” Read the full review here.