REVIEW: Sounds of A&R (S.O.A.R) Questions Left Unanswered on Making A Scene

January 25, 2021Press Reel, Reviews

by Jim Hynes, Making A Scene The group dubbed Sounds of A&R, or as they are commonly referenced S.O.A. R., is the partnering team of vocalist April May Webb and the trumpeter Randall Haywood, with support from April May’s siblings Jacob Webb on bass and Nathan Webb on drums, plus guitarist Charlie Sigler, pianist James Austin and harpist Riza Printup. Read more here.   … Read More

REVIEW: Michael Olatuja’s “Lagos Pepper Soup” on Boston Concert Reviews

January 21, 2021Press Reel, Reviews

By BCR, Boston Concert Reviews First up is a kinetic CD that transcends borders with its irresistible grooves and soaring melodies. Lagos Pepper Soup [Worldwind Recordings; www.whirlwindrecordings.com], is a new recording from Michael Olatuja, gifted bassist, composer and arranger, who has gathered a stellar cast to deliver his cinematic creation. Olatuja plays both acoustic and … Read More

REVIEW: Leon Lee Dorsey’s ‘Thank You, Mr. Mabern!’ – Glide Magazine

January 18, 2021Press Reel, Reviews

by Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine “Recorded in July 2019, just two months before the passing of great pianist and composer Harold Mabern, Thank You, Mr. Mabern! features the leader, bassist Leon Lee Dorsey, and drummer Mike Clark in a trio. This posthumous release is not only Dorsey’s personal farewell to the beloved Mabern, but marks six decades of music from the pianist … Read More

REVIEW: Mehmet Ali Sanlikol’s ‘The Rise Up: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Inspiration’ – Jazzword

January 16, 2021Press Reel, Reviews

by Ken Waxman, Jazzword “A complex but not complicated work The Rise Up is a tripartite orchestral tone poem dealing with Sufi, Sephardic Jewish and Muslim Middle Eastern history with American soprano saxophone master Dave Liebman as chief soloist. With each section divided into three parts, Turkish-American composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol’s score melds scraps of … Read More