Audiophile Audition Reviews Dave Liebman & Joe Lovano’s “Compassion: The Music of John Coltrane”

November 1, 2017Features, Reviews

Robbie Gerson, Audiophile Audition There are many reasons for the enduring influences of John Coltrane. His short career (mostly 1955-1967) included being part of the first Miles Davis Quintet. His stint as a sideman was brief, mostly with Davis, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. But as a band leader Trane soared with highly elaborate compositions and … Read More

Chicago Tribune Reviews Dave Liebman’s Recent Green Mill Show: Dave Liebman Ignites a Storm of Sound at Green Mill

October 31, 2017Features, Reviews

Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune The torrents of sound that shook the Green Mill Jazz Club on Friday night could have issued from the horn of only one man: Dave Liebman. For though other jazz saxophonists command a comparably huge sound, Liebman combined thunderous tone, virtuosic technique and keenly intelligent, relentlessly creative phrasemaking in singular fashion. … Read More

Stereogum Features Rachel Therrien’s “Why Don’t You Try”

October 20, 2017Features, Reviews

Phil Freeman, Stereogum Montreal-based trumpeter Rachel Therrien has explored some interesting ideas as a leader. Her last album, 2016’s Pensamiento: Proyecto Colombia, was recorded in Bogota with local musicians and featured rhythms and melodic structures from all over the country. On this new disc, though, she’s fronting her regular quintet that includes saxophonist Benjamin Deschamps, pianist … Read More

Jazz Trail Reviews Dan Bruce’s “Earthshine”

October 20, 2017Features, Reviews

Filipe Freitas, Jazz Trail Ohio-born guitarist Dan Bruce, a former mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene relocated to his hometown, releases his sophomore album, Earthshine, where he sculpts personal compositions with the help of high-caliber artists – Russ Johnson on trumpet, Chris Madsen on tenor, Rob Clearfield on piano and Fender Rhodes, Clark Sommers on bass, … Read More

Latin Jazz Network Reviews Trio Ciclos’s “Mobiles: Vol. 1”

October 18, 2017Reviews

Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network While you will never hear the enormous struggle of the musicians of Trio Ciclos’ impulses to break free of some of the more binding shackles of tradition, there are more than broad hints of it described both in the short booklet notes by drummer Alex Buck and in the … Read More