By Stephen Graham, Marlbank It is a rare sighting these days to come across an album with pianist Bobby Avey on it. So one big reason to get this. Read mor here.
By Stephen Mosher, Broadway World It has been said that Connie Han is ‘edgy’ and perhaps that is true. This writer suspects it is less a case of Connie Han being edgy and more a matter of Connie Han being young. I don’t say that in that patronizing way that some comment on the youth … Read More
By Kira Grunenberg, Throw the Dice and Play Nice Composer, pianist, vocalist, and clever arranger, Rachel Eckroth, reminds listeners on her newest LP, The Garden (Rainy Days Records, 2021), that imagery paired with music – even something as seemingly straightforward as a garden – deserve extra thought and a reduced jump at presumptions for what said images will … Read More
By Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here Another fine recording from ‘over there‘ by a group of musicians who maybe aren’t household names ‘over here‘ but certainly should be on the strength of this album alone. Read more here.
By Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen Saxophonist and jazz legend David Liebman’s 75th birthday is this weekend. What better reason could there be to set aside some time to savour some of the stellar music that he’s made? Read more here.
By John Chacona, Let’s Call this Conguero and trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez was so upset at the depiction of his home borough in the 1981 film “Fort Apache, The Bronx” that he named his influential and volcanic Latin jazz ensemble the Fort Apache Band. Bassist Carlos Henriquez doesn’t share Gonzalez’s taste for provocation, but he’s just … Read More
By Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here Another fine vocalist capable of putting her stamp on a good tune and maybe improving a not so good one. Read more here.
By Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine Of today’s living saxophonists we likely most associate Pharoah Sanders (tenor), Archie Shepp (teno,r), and Dave Liebman (soprano) with the legendary, influential John Coltrane. Selflessness, performed by Liebman and his working band, Expansions Quintet, marks his sixth recording in tribute to his muse. The release comes a day preceding the … Read More
By Adam Sieff, London Jazz News One of the most impressive scenes I’ve ever witnessed in a jazz club was at the Sunset Sunrise in Paris three years ago, when Kirk Lightsey cowed a group of exuberant audience members into silence with a stare that was more powerful than any words could possibly have been. … Read More
By Paul, Best of Jazz The Garden is the new album by vocal and piano artist, Rachel Eckroth. It was produced by musician and partner Tim Lefebvre. Released on the 3rd of September 2021, The Garden is Rachel’s fourth album, and her first via Rainy Days Records. Read more here.