By Dan Oullette, Dan Oullette ‘s Jazz & Beyond Intel Powerhouse alto saxophonist and innovative bandleader Lakecia Benjamin became one of the first victims of the New York lights-out club world. At Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Wednesday night March 11, she and her invited guests played an incredibly enthusiastic and creative … Read More
By Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine Vocalist and composer Thana Alexa has released her latest album, ONA. Throughout ONA, which is the word for “she” in her family’s native Croatian language, Alexa explores through eight unique original compositions and two new arrangements, the complex theme of what it means to be a woman. The tracks are at once deeply personal, … Read More
By Raul Da Gama, Latin Jazz Network Brazilian Whispers… How appropriate is that as the title for an album by Andrea Brachfeld. Not only does the instrument she plays – the flute – lend itself to the kind of meditative Brasilian(how the word is actually meant to be spelled) music but the music itself “speaks” … Read More
By Chris Spector, Midwest Records ANDY MILNE & UNISON/reMission: Nothing like beating cancer to make you rethink your career goals. The piano man beat the big C, refocused his efforts on forging a trio and doing it while relocating. He’s always known his stuff but here, in a classic format revisiting some classic tunes, he … Read More
By Matt Micucci, JAZZIZ Saxophonist/bandleader Lakecia Benjamin celebrates Alice and John Coltrane on her new album, Pursuance: The Coltranes. See the full feature here.
By Jim Hynes, Making A Scene We are reminded constantly that some of the best music comes from across our northern border. Just this week we heard again from Canadian genre-defying Basia Bulat, a three-time Polaris Music Prize finalist and three-time Juno Award nominee, who released Are You in Love? This Friday we have a … Read More
By Nelson Brill, Boston Concert Reviews Another vocalist who effortlessly combines vocal beauty, power and sass into an irresistible toe-tapping stew is vocalist Catherine Russell. On her new recording, Alone Together [Dot Time Records], she and her tight band romp through an inspired set of early twentieth century classic tunes with panache and impeccable chops. … Read More
By Mike Jurkovic, All About Jazz A hot organ intro accompanies the simple, fifty-two second, folk-dance breeze of “Folks Jam” before sweeping you into the grander, ballroom dance that is “V for Vena.” It’s an alluring intro to trumpeter/flugelhornist Rachel Therrien’s fifth album as a leader. Read the full review here.
By Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoir’s JD Walter, vocals; Jim Ridl, Taylor Eigsti, Marc Cary, Orrin Evans, Jean-Michel Pilc & Julius Rodriguez, piano; Ben Wolfe, bass; Obed Calvaire, drums; Becca Stevens, Charango/backing vocals. JD Walter’s first four records were straight ahead jazz, without electronics. Life has a way of polishing us as we grow through … Read More
By Steve Feeney, The Arts Fuse Pursuance: The Coltranes — Lakecia Benjamin (Ropeadope) Earth –Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group (Whaling City Sound) With new releases of vault material, and a renewed appreciation of his creative genius, John Coltrane (1926-1967) seems to be very much in the hearts and on the minds of today’s jazz aficionados, … Read More