Jazz Trail Reviews Darren Barrett’s “The Opener”

September 14, 2017Reviews

Filipe Freitas, Jazz Trail With his dB-ish project, Canadian trumpeter Darren Barrett excavates voguish ground by merging different styles such as post-bop and hip-hop with a nice, cool touch, and then spicing it with the addition of electronic samples and other valuable soundscapes. Barrett’s music background includes a graduation at Berklee College of Music and … Read More

Textura Reviews Darren Barrett’s “The Opener”

September 14, 2017Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura Darren Barrett is nothing if not adventurous. Leader of the dB Quintet, Energy In Motion, dB-ish, and dB Treyo and a professor in the Ensemble Department at his Boston alma mater Berklee College of Music, the trumpeter has issued albums honouring the Bee Gees and Amy Winehouse, and performed and recorded with … Read More

World Renowned Musician and Educator Oran Etkin Announces Concert Dates & Opens Flagship Soho Venue For His Timbalooloo Program

September 14, 2017Special Announcement

“A Composer of Eminent Individuality” – Yusef Lateef “From the age of two, our son was talking about Herbie Hancock, Mozart, Samba, and African music – and he knew the difference.” – Harvey Keitel and Daphna Kastner Keitel “Really, really remarkable. He has touched both our boys’ lives.” – Naomi Watts & Liev Schreiber “Ebullient Swing Rhythm” – … Read More

Italian Based Argonauta Magazine Reviews Ed Neumeister’s “Wake Up Call”

September 10, 2017Reviews

Roberto Binda, Argonauta Magazine Abbiamo incontrato il trombonista Ed Neumeister lo scorso novembre in occasione del meraviglioso progetto “Ubuntu” condiviso con il chitarrista brasiliano Lupa Santiago. Ora lo ritroviamo con un disco estremamente ambizioso, registrato con la newyorkese NEU HAT ENSEMBLE. “Wake up Call” é un’avvincente viaggio nel fascino senza tempo delle Big Band, quelle più … Read More

Gapplegate Music Reviews Don Braden & Joris Teepe’s “Conversations”

September 7, 2017Reviews

Gregory Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Music What can still be can satisfy when it is put together just right. Conversations (Creative Perspective Music 3004) by bassist Joris Teepe and tenor-flautist Don Braden is one of those kind of sessions. It is a tenor-bass-drum lineup that accentuates forward momentum swinging in a loosely cohesive, very inter-conversational way. The emphasis … Read More

Gapplegate Music Reviews BJ Jansen’s “Common Ground”

September 7, 2017Reviews

Gregory Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Music For anyone who loves the baritone sax there is a recent album by the adept B.J. Jansen, his baritone and a most illustrious gathering of hard boppers. It is entitled Common Ground  (RoninJazz 20170501). The program consists of originals by Jansen and others, a cornucopia of contemporary bop tunes that open things … Read More

The Mercury News Features Rick Vandivier’s “Under One Roof”

September 7, 2017Features

Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News In the South Bay, Rick Vandivier has been a steady force as a player and teacher, and he’s never sounded better than on his new album “Under One Roof” (Avatar Productions). A trio session with ace bassist Dan Robbins and drummer Lorca Hart, the album focuses on his melodically inventive original compositions … Read More

Guitarist/Composer Dan Bruce’s beta collective Announce the Release of Their Debut Album “Earthshine”

September 1, 2017Special Announcement

  Guitarist/Composer Dan Bruce’s beta collective Announce the Release of Their Debut Album “Earthshine” Due Out October 20th, 2017 Featuring Russ Johnson (Trumpet), Chris Madsen (Tenor Saxophone), Rob Clearfield (Piano/Fender Rhodes), Clark Sommers (Bass) & Jon Deitemyer (Drums) Innovative Chicago-based guitarist and composer Dan Bruce announces the arrival of his newly established sextet beta collective … Read More