REVIEW: We Three Holiday Happenings Seasons’s Greetings From Martina Da Silva and Dan Chmielinski, By All About Jazz

December 5, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz Vocalist Martina DaSilva, perhaps best known as the leader of retro-current purveyors The Ladybugs, teams up with bassist Dan Chmielinski, one of wunderkind pianist Joey Alexander’s stabilizers of choice, for a set of smartly arranged, playfully virtuosic takes on holiday favorites. DaSilva delivers new wrinkles and acrobatics, working with … Read More

REVIEW: Kind of Yule: A Guide to Holiday Jazz/ Martina DaSilva & Dan Chmielinski “A Very Chimytina Christmas” by Bandcamp Daily

December 5, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By Dave Sumner, Bandcamp Daily There’s an intimacy to this that feels like spending an evening with friends—spread out across the living room, enjoying conversation and laughter. Vocal duo Martina DaSilva and Dan Chmielinski, who also plays the bass, fill their debut album with that feeling. They pick a wide assortment of tunes: some old and … Read More

REVIEW: Fima Chupakhin ‘Water’ Reviewed by The Aquarian

December 4, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By Mike Greenblatt, The Aquarian A Man Named Fima Based in Brooklyn, Fima Chupakhin, after adding keyboards to the projects of others, has now self-released his Water debut and it’s positively stunning. Over and above what he does to Monk’s 1957 “Off-Minor,” Coltrane’s 1958 “Moment’s Notice” and the 1923 hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” it’s … Read More

BEST OF 2019: Greg Ward’s ‘Stomping Off From Greenwood’ Among Chicago Tribune’s Best of the Year

December 4, 2019Best of 2019, Press Reel

by Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune The title evokes the rambunctious spirit of saxophonist Ward’s album, but there’s more to this music than just its high-level energy. Ward’s unusual instrumentation, unorthodox sonorities and intricately layered music-making give listeners a great deal to ponder amid all the hyperactive improvisation. Ward’s signature tone on alto – keen and … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews La Tanya Hall’s “Say Yes”

December 2, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

By George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Husky voiced La Tanya Hall teams with pianist Andy Milne’s band of John Hebert/p and Clarence Penn/dr for some sophisticated reads of jazz standards. Guest trumpeter Michael Leonhart brings a Miles Davis mute to Penn’s Poinciana pulse of “All You Need To Say” with the horn bookending the album … Read More