Por José Ramón, La Habitación del Jazz Spanish Harlem Orchestra es una formación liderada por el pianista, compositor, arreglista y productor Óscar Hernández. Hernández nació en el Bronx (1954) y se crio en Manhattan. De joven tocaba la trompeta pero finalmente se decantó por el piano. Durante gran parte de los 80’s produjo, hizo arreglos … Read More
by Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz Every jazz pianist plays in their own individual style. These recent albums demonstrate the way seven particular players approach the instrument. Read the full article here.
By Ron Schepper, Textura Golden Daffodil is special for a number of reasons. It’s the first vocal-centred release from Matt Ulery’s Woolgathering Records, for one; more importantly, it flatters singer Leslie Beukelman immensely in presenting a thoroughly rewarding set of introspective originals and well-considered covers. As someone who’s contributed to Chicago’s thriving scene for more … Read More
By Michael Ullman, The Arts Fuse Alto saxophonist (primarily) Dave Pietro begins his new disc with one of his amusing, politically suggestive titles, “Kakistocracy.” He writes in the album notes: “I wrote the first tune on this CD, “Kakistocracy,” while contemplating the social structures that we have to live under, particularly our government (and the … Read More
By George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Big and bold sounds are delivered by the horns of Nick Mazarella/as, Chris Madsen-Geof Bradfield/ts, Chuck Parrish-Russ Johnson/tp, Tom Garling-Joel Adams and the rhythm team of Mike Allemana/g, Stu Mindeman/p, Clark Sommers/b and Xavier Breaker/dr along with some guest vocals on this confident collection of (mostly) originals. Read the … Read More
Pacific Mambo Orchestra – ‘The III Side‘ The Caribbean, festive beats are plentiful, anchoring a refined big band up front! Lyrics come from Braulio Barrera, Christelle Durandy and Armando Cordoba on 5 of the 9 selections. There are excellent covers, notably fresh arrangements of “Through The Fire”, “A Night in Tunisia” and “Birks Works”. Jon … Read More
By Mike Hobart, Financial Times Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s Latin Jazz Project — an orchestral tour de force The album sashays between soulful and serene, with hooky melodies and immaculate beats Brash, brassy and rhythmic. Read the full review here.
By Stephen Graham, Marlbank Beginning with a lulling quasi-classical feel and a title in ‘Preludio’ to match, pianist Julian Shore finds himself in reflective mood on Where We Started. Read the full review here.
Por Josê Ramón, La Habitación del Jazz The Chicago Yestet es una banda formada por Joel Adams en 2008 e integrada por 7 vientos, sección de ritmo con guitarra, un vocalista y un narrador. Lea esta reseña aquí.
By George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Pianist Chris McCarthy leads a post bop team of Takuya Kuroda/tp, Michael Blake/ts-fl, Sam Minaier/b and JK Kim/dr through some snappy originals. Read the full review here.