REVIEW: Downbeat Reviews Gabriel Zucker’s “Weighting”

December 20, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

Philip Freeman, Downbeat Weighting, pianist Gabriel Zucker’s debut album, is inspired by Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers, a 2013 novel set in the ’70s that shifts between the New York art world and the convulsive, revolutionary Italian political environment of the era. The album’s eight tracks are combined into three suites, each surging and receding, slamming and roaring before descending into a keening … Read More

REVIEW: Jazziz Includes Charles Pillow’s “Electric Miles” in Winter Round-up!

December 19, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

Scott Yanow, Jazziz On Electric Miles (MAMA), alto saxophonist Charles Pillow celebrates the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew by offering new arrangements of some of the trumpeter’s works from 1969-72. But instead of performing such numbers as “Pharaoh’s Dance”, “Sanctuary” and “Spanish Key” with an electronic fusion ensemble, Pillow transformed the compositions into … Read More

REVIEW: Downbeat Reviews Daniel Rotem’s “Serenading the Future”

December 16, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

Alex W. Rodriguez, Downbeat Israel-born saxophonist Daniel Rotem’s sophomore album is the latest document of a vibrant jazz resurgence in Los Angeles, the bandleader’s adopted home since 2014. Rotem offers a heartfelt, searching quality on this exciting double-disc endeavor, evident in his compositions, melodic interpretation and spacious improvisational approach. Guest soloist Jeff Parker’s guitar sets … Read More

REVIEW: All About Jazz Reviews Eden Bareket’s “Night”

December 14, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

Mike Jurkovic, All About Jazz There are plenty of rapid, skittering, minimalist moments on Night, young baritone saxophonist Eden Bareket‘s shadowy sophomore effort. In a smoky, late-night jam, with the moon hovering over the Brooklyn Bridge, Bareket runs the range of his instrument on eight lean and feisty originals and Matti Caspi’s “Lost Melody.” Bareket’s solos are … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Darren Barrett’s “But Beautiful”

December 13, 2018Press Reel, Reviews

George Harris, Jazz Weekly Darren Barrett takes popular jazz songs and reinvents them, mixing his warm and Kenny Dorham-toned trumpet with his keyboards, hip hoppy voice, EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) and teams with sound designer Wren as well as teammates Takeru Saito/p, Youngchae Jeong/b, Daniel Moreno/dr, Santiago Bosch/key, Judith Barrett/perc and guest guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. … Read More