Jazz Weekly Reviews Kristina Koller’s “Perception”

November 20, 2017Features, Reviews

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Indie-voiced Kristina Koller mixes jazz and bohemia on this clever collection of originals and standards. She teams up with Fima Chupakhim/pkey, Chris Talio/b, Joe Spinelli/dr and some guests to demonstrate her wide range of moods. She is flexible with piano and bass on a Left Bank “Simplicity” and breezes to … Read More

New York Music Daily Reviews Kelly Green’s “Life Rearranged”

November 20, 2017Features, Reviews

Alan Young, New York Music Daily The sound of a siren in passing traffic opens pianist/singer Kelly Green’s new album Life Rearranged, streaming at Spotify. In addition to a mix of standards, some striking originals with flashes of greatness pervade this urbane, classy, purist album: Green is someone to keep your eye on. The material is typically … Read More

Jazz Weekly Reviews Rick Vandivier’s “Under One Roof”

November 17, 2017Features, Reviews

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Guitarist Rick Vandivier goes both electric and acoustic with Dan Robbins/b and Lorca Hart/dr-perc on this mix of originals and covers. On acoustic, he is intimate and flows gently on “New Man” while doing some nice interplay with Robbins on “Night Walker.” Hart delivers a hp beat for the funky … Read More

LA Jazz Scene Features Kelly Green’s “Life Rearranged”

November 15, 2017Features, Reviews

Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene It is difficult to believe that Life Rearranged is Kelly Green’s recording debut (not counting an album of originals that she recorded while in high school). Her piano playing is sophisticated and modern while also being connected to the tradition. Her vocals (heard on half of the numbers) are subtle, … Read More

World Music Report Premieres Joanna Wallfisch’s “Bo Ba Bo”

November 14, 2017Features, Reviews, Special Announcement

Raul da Gama, World Music Report North American listeners have been introduced to the music of the British-born multi-instrumentalist, writer and vocalist, Joanna Wallfisch. She has regaled her audiences from New York to Los Angeles with her genre-bending music on stage and on three albums including the celebrated Gardens In My Mind (Sunnyside, 2016), which featured pianist … Read More

Midwest Record Features Kelly Green’s “Life Rearranged”

November 14, 2017Features, Reviews

Chris Spector, Midwest Record That Sunday afternoon kind of chanteuse, Green knows well how to attract top jazz cats to help her with her vision of the tortured artist effect. Seemingly steeped in cabaret drama tilted to the down side, this is for people that find “Lush Life” a song they can relate to.

Musical Memoirs’s Blog Reviews Samuel Pompeo Quinteto’s “Que Descaida” & Jared Hall’s “Hallways”

November 9, 2017Features, Reviews

Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs’s Blog SAMUEL POMPEO QUINTETO – “QUE DESCAIDA” Independent Label Samuel Pompeo, baritone & soprano saxophones/clarinet; Dino Barioni, guitar; Fabio Leandro, piano; Gibson, Freitas, contra bass; Paulinho Vicente, drums. Samuel Pompeo’s baritone saxophone is startling! To hear a baritone being played at this double-time pace is quite exciting. That’s the way … Read More

Jared Hall Performs at KNKX

November 7, 2017Features, Reviews

Abe Beeson, KNKX Trumpet player, composer and jazz educator Jared Hall grew up in Spokane, Wash. His jazz studies took him to Whitworth University in his hometown, then to Indiana and Florida. But Hall has recently returned to the northwest, adding another potent voice on trumpet to the growing Seattle jazz scene. “Love, Laugh and … Read More

Improvijazzation Nation Reviews Jared Hall’s “Hallways”

November 6, 2017Reviews

Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation Jared’s trumpet is piercing (though not unpleasantly so) on this excellent sextet CD… he’s joined by tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts, pianists Martin Bejerano and Tal Cohen, bassist Josh Allen and drummer Kyle Swan in an exciting all-original jazz set that will be pure pleasure for your aural appendages… of course, since … Read More