REVIEW: Thana Alexa: ONA Album review / All About Jazz

March 26, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Geno Thackara, All About Jazz Thana Alexa‘s voice contains a world of sound, and that is without even mentioning the globe-spanning musical trappings which surround it. Hearing her is like watching a thunderstorm or maybe a wild hawk in flight. She doesn’t just sing but uses her voice as an expressive precision instrument, in … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Sarah Thorpe’s ‘Deep Blue Love’

March 24, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

George Harris, Jazz Weekly Vocalist Sarah Thorpe mixes her originals with some clever covers with a team of Oliver Hutman/p, Darryl Hall/b, John Betsch/dr and a muscular horn section of TK Blue/woodwinds, Josiah Woodsen/tp and Ronal Baker/tp. Her deliveries range from a passionate and vulnerable duet with Hutman on Horace Silver’s “Lonely Woman” to big … Read More

FEATURE: Lakecia Benjamin Featured In Jazziz Magazine

March 24, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Eric Snider, Jazziz Magazine At first, alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin was ambivalent about recording a Coltrane tribute album, but ultimately pulled the trigger knowing that her concept was materially different than the scores of Coltrane projects that preceded hers. Pursuance (Ropeadope Records) honors and interprets the music of both Alice and John Coltrane — with … Read More

REVIEW: Lakecia Benjamin’s Pursuance: The Coltranes Reviewed By WBGO

March 24, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Nate Chinen, WBGO Speaking of keening and imploring saxophonists: Lakecia Benjamin has been working for years toward a statement as powerfully self-assured as Pursuance: The Coltranes. Releasing this Friday on Ropeadope, it’s the fulfillment of a dream, as Benjamin told WBGO recently for The Pulse. Read the full review here.  

FEATURE: Elsa Nilsson “Hindsight” – Jazziz

March 13, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Matt Micucci, Jazziz Swedish-native, New York City-based flutist/composer Elsa Nilsson translates the language of political movement to music on her third album as a leader. Hindsight was released on February 21 and it is a direct reaction to the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as the issues that have manifested … Read More