REVIEW: SoulTracks Reviews Vivian Sessoms’ “LIFE II”

May 24, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Howard Dukes, SoulTracks “I Can’t Breathe,” the absolutely stunning lead single from Vivian Sessom’s upcoming album Life II, references the final words said by Eric Garner in 2014 when he was placed in a fatal choke hold while being arrested by police for illegally selling cigarettes. However, the mixture of blues and gospel does not tell the … Read More

JamBase: Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini Celebrate ‘Setting Rays Of Summer’ in New York City – Show Review!

May 23, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Scott Bernstein, JamBase Trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman and guitarist/vocalist Ian Faquini played a gorgeous set of music focused on material from the recently released studio album Setting Rays Of Summer at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall on Monday night. Cressman and Faquini showed off their versatility and masterful musicianship throughout the performance. Natalie and Faquini played music in various Brazilian styles … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Sivan Arbel’s “Change of Light”

May 22, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly Sivan Arbel composes everything here and is backed by Shai  Portugaly/p, Pera Krstajic/b, Yogev Gabay/dr, Shai Wetzer/perc, Ron Warburg/tp, Jack Sheehan/as and Ori Jacobson/ts for these 7 compositions. Her voice is flexible, and is heartfelt when teamed with Portugaly on “Water Song” while getting bluesy for “Omri.” The horns go from … Read More

REVIEW: Step Tempest Reviews Ralph Peterson & Messenger Legacy

May 22, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest The drummer, educator, and mentor Ralph Peterson literally burst into the public ears in 1985 as a member of O.T.B. (Out of the Blue), a group of young musicians that Blue Records Records created to showcase younger talent.  He worked with so many musicians through his career including Tom Harrell, Terence … Read More