By Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz Over the years, there have been many recorded tributes to John Coltranebut saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin takes the concept farther by paying homage to the work of both John and his wife, Alice Coltrane. Benjamin plays their compositions in a wide range of settings with a large cast of musicians, … Read More
By Matt Micucci, JAZZIZ The Week in Jazz is your roundup of new and noteworthy stories from the jazz world. It’s a one-stop destination for the music news you need to know. Let’s take it from the top. Read The full article here.
By Travis Rodgers Jr, The Jazz Owl Gabriel Chakarji’s New Beginning is a testament to the young pianist and composer who is deeply committed to the grace and power of his musical heritage. Born in Caracas Venezuela, Gabriel grew up in a culture full of music that encompasses and transcends Afro-Venezuelan Folk, Caribbean, Brazilian music, … Read More
By Dee Dee McNeil, Musicalmemoirs’s Blog The Full album of this unusual music project is available on Apple Music Spotify and Bandcamp. The concept was for musicians and video game music fans to collaborate and create a piece of music to celebrate the great video game songbook. Unique, right? During this production, they employed hundreds … Read More
By Jim Benitez, WICN On Latin Jazz Now this Friday, May 22 at 7 pm, you’ll have the pleasure of enjoying Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s latest release, “SHO The Latin Jazz Project” in its entirety, as it will be released the same day. You don’t want to miss this! Read the full feature here.
By Travis Rodgers Jr, The Jazz Owl Sissy Castrogiovanni is it incredibly talented singer, songwriter, and producer. Her new album Terra is her second album as leader and is sung in its entirety in Sissy’s Sicilian dialect. The album is a crossroads of her various influences from Sicily and the Mediterranean, the rhythms of Africa, … Read More
By Carol Martin, All Jazz Radio Listen to some hearty jazzy funk and blues, if you’re down with the COVID lock, and find joy in spotifying or youtubing a few of these artists, local and worldwide. All Jazz Radio receives loads of albums sent for broadcasting, so here are a few briefly reviewed for your … Read More
By Becca Pulliam Now clarinetist Oran Etkin is helping ease the travel ban with his Open Arms Project, two years and a half dozen trips in the making. Oran is a jazz player who loves traditional music, and his creative strategy is to tour first, then release something new. So he chooses a musical setting, … Read More
By Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine After flashing glimpses of their Latin Jazz prowess over the course of their previous six recordings, the 17 years running Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO) goes full boat on The Latin Jazz Project, remarkably their first full-length Latin jazz release, especially considering that almost any measure they are today’s top salsa … Read More
By Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine The first impression of listening to the jazz-world ensemble AJOYO is how infectious their music is. It stirs you from the opening title track “War Chant.” They are a multi-cultural quintet that infuses some of the tracks with special guests. This is their second album and they are led by … Read More