By Delarue, New York Music Daily “All the screens block something inside, those afraid of their beginnings, unfulfilling,” singer Nicole Zuraitis wails over an anthemic 6/i8 groove, deep into her new album All Wandering Hearts, streaming at Bandcamp. Read the full article here.
By Dee Dee McNeil, Musicalmemoirs’s Blog This bold and unique vocalist/pianist is celebrating Charlie Parker’s centennial with her delightful release of “Birdsong.” The first thing I love is that Champian Fulton has her own style and vocal personality. Read the full review here.
By Dave Sumner, Bandcamp On her excellent 2015 recording, Roots, Tomoko Omura adapted well-known Japanese songs, both traditional and recent, into arrangements for modern jazz quintet. Read this article here.
By George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Trombonist Javier Nero leads a swinging and spirited septet of Tom Kelley/as-ss-fl, Jean Caze/gp-fh, Melvin Butler/ts-ss, tal Cohen/p, Dion Kerr/b, Aaron Kimmel/dr along with a collection of guests including Brian Lynch on this celebratory session. Read more here.
By George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Dave Bryant plays piano and a wide variety of keyboards in a trio setting with bassits Charnett Moffett and Gregg Bendian, who works out on drums, percussion and more exotic things like the glockenspiel and doumbek. Read this review here.
By Sammy Stein, Something Else! Champian Fulton is a pianist and singer originally from Oklahoma. Her childhood was punctuated by visits from jazz luminaries who were friends of her trumpet-playing father Stephen Fulton, who later ran the Clark Terry Institute for Jazz Studies in Iowa and serves as producer on her new Charlie Parker tribute … Read More
By delarue, New York Music Daily The Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra‘s new album Urban(e) – streaming at Bandcamp– is one of the most genuinely orchestral jazz records ever made. Read this review here.
By George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly This one by Mafalda Minnozzi is a real treat in that her voice and emotions show a dash of late period Billie Holiday, making it a sonic treat as she delves into the Great Brazilian Songbook. Read this review here.
By Ed Symkus, MetroWest Daily News There are all kinds of ingredients making themselves heard and felt in “The Time Is Now,” the new album by drummer Jorge Perez-Albela. You can pick up the innate Peruvian rhythms from his native Lima, flavors of the Brazilian records he listened to as a young boy, some straight-ahead … Read More
by Mike Flynn, Jazzwise. Leading NYC player reveals the inspirations behind his latest genre-hopping project. Video feature here.