by Matt Micucci, Jazziz “Vocalist/composer Christiane Karam will release Nar, her first album in nine years, on January 28. The record finds her melding Middle Eastern and Balkan aesthetics with contemporary jazz alongside her quartet with pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, cellist Naseem Alatrash, bassist Peter Slavov and percussionist Keita Ogawa. The announcement comes with the release of … Read More
by Mike Flynn, Jazzwise “The live recording comes from a 25 July performance at Yoshi’s and includes two new Moffett compositions, including the track ‘Remembering Your Love’, a spiritual, danceable and swinging ‘jazz standard’ with a Brazilian/Latin tinge penned by Moffett and Herzen. Herzen’s rich vocals ride the syncopated inter-locked swing of the bass, drums … Read More
by Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News “Boston-based pianist, composer and noted scholar Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol released his new album An Elegant Ritual (DÜNYA) in July 2021, enriching his compositional portfolio with an innovative approach to the traditional piano trio format. Sanlıkol’s new music video for An Elegant Ritual’s fourth track, “Lost Inside” is a showcase of his arresting vision, here … Read More
by Nate Chinen, WBGO “His new album on Outside in Music, Unamuno Songs and Stories, adapts some of the ideas Unamuno articulated during the Spanish Civil War to our own present moment of doubt and division, with an underlying note of hope.” See the full article and video here.
By Editor, Jazzwise “Over nine spellbinding compositions, the South-Korea native approaches large-ensemble jazz in a personal and adventurous storytelling manner. Lee invites listeners into her creative world, finding sounds and musical equivalents for her thoughts and emotions. A glimpse of her method is captured on a video of the studio sessions for the track, ‘Suji’.” Watch … Read More
By Danilo Navas, Latin Jazz Network Grant Richards – a pianist deeply immersed in bebop and the blues – leads his music in a bold and emergent new direction with Ballyhoo, an Afro-Cuban celebration of a previously unspoken dream, finally realized in a tangible elation of musicianship, culture, and unbridled wonder. Richards, like the great … Read More
by Chris Rizik, Soul Tracks “One of the best feelings as a music journalist is to find an artist who is excelling by being true to his or her artistic vision. And for the past half decade or so, that has been the joy that we at SoulTracks have received from observing Marcus and Jean … Read More
by Matt Micucci, Jazziz “New York-based jazz vocal quartet The Royal Bopsters recently released a vocalese bonus track recorded during the session of their acclaimed 2020 sophomore album, Party of Four. The single is a sparkling take on ‘Jazz Jump’ with melody by Lester Young and vocalese lyrics added by King Pleasure.” Watch the full … Read More
By Chloe Rabinowitz, Broadway World Renowned vocalist Mafalda Minnozzi has announced the release of Cinema City – Jazz Scenes from Italian Film. On her new album, which is out October 1, 2021, the inimitable Minnozzi uncovers a new side as she explores the Italian cinematic songbook in the company of her first-rate band and special … Read More
By S. Victor Aaron, Something Else! Like many of us, Dave Meder has tried to make sense of the turmoil that America finds itself in the midst of. But as a gifted pianist and composer, he’s able to eloquently sort out his feelings of these unsettling times through music. Read more here.