Midwest Record Reviews 3 LLP Artists: Arnan Raz (Chains of Stories), Sharel Cassity (Evolve) & Rob Clearfield (Wherever You’re Starting From)

February 21, 2018Features, Reviews

Chris Spector, Midwest Record ARNAN RAZ/Chains of Stories (RABBIT RABBIT RABBIT): A sax led session where the focus is on sounds rather than grooves, these jazzbos tackle this vector nicely. With a nod to Teo Macero, even if this date was created without a lot of editing, it shows what can be done when you … Read More

SoulTracks Reviews Kathy Kosins’ “Uncovered Soul”

February 20, 2018Features, Reviews

Chris Rizik, SoulTracks Singer and songwriter Kathy Kosins has been critical favorite for years. The Detroit native cut her teeth backing the eclectic group Was Not Was back in the day, and used it as a springboard for a career that has won her accolades in both the soul and jazz worlds. Kathy has created something very … Read More

O’s Place Reviews El Eco’s “Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933”

February 20, 2018Features, Reviews

D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place Jazz Newsletter O’s Notes: Argentinean drummer Guillermo Nojechowicz puts together a fine ensemble including pianist Helio Alves, bassist Fernando Huergo and saxophonist Marco Pignataro. Vocalist Kim Nazarian breathes mystical romance into the music notably on “I Loved You Too” and ”Milonga Para Los Niños” featuring Roberto Cassan on accordion. Guest … Read More

German Publication Sonic Soul Reviews Emma Frank’s Single “Best Friend”

February 19, 2018Features, Reviews

Jorge Schmitt, Sonic Soul Zart-Musik. Mit mild-bitterem Unterton. Ganz fein sortierte Klang-Welt. Singer-Songwriter-Jazz-Folk. Oder auch nicht. Emma Frank erzählt ihre Geschichte mit klarer Stimme, Aaron Parks lässt ein paar Töne dazu aus seinem Rhodes ent-perlen, während Bass und Schlagzeug fast schon unmerklich begleiten. Und „Best Friend“ unvermittelt in ein gesteigertes Tempo entführen, dass um uns herum … Read More

All About Jazz Reviews Lupa Santiago & Anders Vestergård’s “Inside Turnabout”

February 15, 2018Features, Reviews

Friedrich Kunzmann, All About Jazz On their second collaboration, following 2015’s Lisbon Sessions , Brazilian guitarist Lupa Santiago and Swedish drummer Anders Vestergård team up with a different set of sidemen, featuring, among others, Lupa’s longtime collaborator and fellow countryman Rodrigo Ursaia on sax. Inside Turnabout features compositions by the three above mentioned protagonists and sees these seamlessly combining Latin rhythms … Read More

VIDEO PREMIERE: NextBop Premiere’s Emma Frank’s “Best Friend”

February 13, 2018Features, Premiere, Reviews

Sébastien Hélary, NextBop Vocalist Emma Frank brings genuine peacefulness and transparent honesty to everything she touches including her newest opus, Ocean Av, slated for a February 16th release on Brooklyn-based Susan Records. Joining Frank on her third studio album are pianist Aaron Parks, drummer Jim Black, bassist Rick Rosato and guitarist Franky Rousseau with guest appearances … Read More

Jazz Quad Reviews Both of Meg Okura’s Upcoming Releases “NPO Trio: Live at The Stone” & “IMA IMA”

February 13, 2018Features, Reviews

Leonid Auskern, Jazz Quad Название трио, сыгравшего эту программу в нью-йоркском клубе «Стоун» в апреле 2016 года, – это первые буквы фамилий его участников – живущей в Нью-Йорке японской скрипачки Мег Окура, ее супруга, американского сопрано-саксофониста Сэма Ньюсома и французского пианиста Жана-Мишеля Пилца. Все трое – музыканты-универсалы высочайшего класса, которые могут исполнять музыку любой стилистики, … Read More