REVIEW: Catherine Russell: Alone Together: A Valentine’s Week Celebration At Birdland / Cabaret Scenes

February 19, 2020Birdland, Press Reel, Reviews

By Ron Forman, Cabaret Scenes Catherine Russell is one of the truly wonderful jazz singers of our time. Add her all-star band consisting of Mark Munisteri (guitar), Mark Shane (piano), Tal Ronen (bass), Mark McLean (drums), Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Evan Arntzen (reeds), and John Allred (trombone), and you have the recipe for a memorable 90-minute … Read More

REVIEW: Richie Goods in Soul And Funk and Jazz

February 18, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Bill Buckley, Soul And Funk And Jazz RICHIE GOODS is an acclaimed US jazz bassist with an impressive list of credits. He’s played with people like Milt Jackson, Ruseel Malone, Brian McKnight, Walter Beasley, Sting, Whitney Houston and the Manhattan Transfer. More recently he was on the bassist’s stool for Robin McKelle’s ‘Alterations’ album … Read More

REVIEW: Sam Hirsh Quite Frankly – Making A Scene!

February 18, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Jim Hynes, Making a Scene! Pianist, composer and educator Sam Hirsh makes his debut as a bandleader with  Quite Frankly,  recorded to celebrate the pianist’s thirtieth birthday and tenth year as a staple musician in the jazz scene in Los Angeles.  Joined by a bicoastal cadre of world-class improvisers, Hirsh introduces a set of original tunes inspired … Read More

REVIEW: The 8 Bit Big Band – Red Hook Star – Revue

February 18, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Piotr Pillardy, Red Hook Star – Revue Much in the same way as the madeleines that Proust wrote about so many years ago would involuntarily conjure memories from a single bite, hearing video game melodies takes me back to the safety of my childhood living room floor, to hours spent cross-legged, lost in digital … Read More

REVIEW: Robin McKelle’s ALTERATIONS Reviewed by Making A Scene

February 18, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

by Jim Hynes, Making A Scene Alterations is jazz vocalist/composer Robin McKelle’s follow-up to her 2018 Melodic Canvas which we covered on these pages. While that was mostly an album of originals, McKelle chooses here to, as she says, “fuse jazz, soul, r&b, blues and rock while keeping continuity in the music.” These are mostly familiar songs from … Read More

ALL ABOUT JAZZ: Makar Kashitsyn’s ‘Jazz Animals’ Reviewed

February 16, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Troy Dostert, All About Jazz Straight outta St. Petersburg, Rainy Days Records has done a splendid job of documenting some of the strongest emerging voices in Russian jazz, starting with drummer Sasha Mashin‘s superb Outsidethebox in 2018. Mashin’s debut release belied his youth with an assured poise and dynamic vision, and here we have yet another wonderful … Read More

REVIEW: Jonah Francese’s Thinkin’ Big’s Reclamation Reviewed By Textura

February 14, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Ron Schepper, Textura Thinkin’ Big’s the name of the twenty-piece band from Chicago that performs Jonah Francese’s material on its sophomore album Reclamation. It could, however, apply equally well to the social issues addressed by individuals of varying ethnicities and gender identities on the nineteen-track project. Said topics arise forcefully in the form of … Read More