REVIEW: Jazz Journal Reviews Aaron Whitby’s ‘Cousin from Another Planet’

September 5, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Thomas Fletcher, Jazz Journal Commonly known for supporting artists such as Natalie Cole, George Clinton and Randy Brecker, London-born but Brooklyn-based Aaron Whitby has released his debut album as a bandleader, Cousin From Another Planet. This album delivers a variety of styles consolidated into an impressive compositional display, featuring genres from Whitby’s musical journey which … Read More

REVIEW: Jazziz Reviews Curtis Nowosad’s New Self-titled Album!

September 5, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Jonathan Widran, Jazziz With the release of his self-titled third album, Canadian-born drummer-composer Curtis Nowosad has more on his mind than showcasing the crackling chemistry, deep emotional sensitivity and wild funk of his groove-intensive NYC-based ensemble. His five originals, along with re-imaginings of conceptually connected, culturally relevant pieces by Gil Scott-Heron, Skip James and Nina … Read More

REVIEW: Jazziz Reviews Ralph Peterson and The Messenger Legacy!

September 4, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Sascha Feinstein, Jazziz This two-CD tribute to Art Blakey, recorded live over two nights in 2018 at the Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, Connecticut, does justice to its honoree’s high standards. Ralph Peterson, the last drummer to perform side-by-side with his mentor, united five alums of Blakey’s Jazz Messengers: tenor saxophonist Billy Pierce, … Read More

REVIEW: Josean Jacobo’s “CIMARRON” in Caribbean Beat Magazine

September 3, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

by Nigel Campbell, Caribbean Beat  Pianist Josean Jacobo has been heralded as the “Ambassador of Afro-Dominican Jazz,” and with that understanding, the listener must negotiate a minefield of ideas and ideologies on “Dominicanness” and the image of the island as a tourist playground. On Cimarrón, Jacobo, along with the band Tumbao — a unique combo of … Read More

NEW MUSIC MONDAY: Jazziz Features Svetlana’s “Moonlight”

September 2, 2019Premiere, Press Reel

by Matt Micucci, Jazziz Svetlana, “Moonlight” Vocalist Svetlana Shmulyian recorded a version of “Moonlight” for her upcoming album, Night at the Movies, featuring Wycliffe Gordon, Sullivan Fortner, Matt Wilson, Pasquale Grasso and Rogerio Bocatto. The song was originally interpreted by Sting in the 1995 film Sabrina, and is presented here with a pillowy Bossa Nova arrangement by … Read More

JAZZTIMES: Roxy Coss’ ‘Quintet’ Reviewed

September 2, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

by Mike Shanley, Jazz Times  A quick perusal of song titles on Roxy Coss’ latest release might give the impression that she has created a concept album, beginning with “Don’t Cross the Coss,” “Mr. President,” “Free to Be,” and closing with “Females Are Strong as Hell.” While the last title is clearly intended to put … Read More