OUT TODAY: Greenleaf Music Presents Greg Ward & Rogue Parade’s “Stomping Off From Greenwood”

January 11, 2019New Release, Press Releases

Considered one of the most versatile saxophonists of his generation, bandleader, composer and arranger, Greg Ward is proud to launch his new group Rogue Parade with the release of Stomping Off From Greenwood. A quintet of heavyweight creative Chicago musicians, Rogue Parade features guitarists Matt Gold and Dave Miller, bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Quin … Read More

REVIEW: Textura Reviews Gabriel Zucker’s “Weighting”

January 10, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura Appropriately for a recording so titled, Weighting presents music of such raw, elemental force it often feels like it’s welled up from the earth like a geophysical event. Drummer Tyshawn Sorey, trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, and saxophonist Eric Trudel perform pianist Gabriel Zucker’s compositions with an at times volcanic intensity, though they also play with … Read More

NPR Jazz Critics Poll 2018!

January 10, 2019Features, Listings, Press Reel

13th Annual Jazz Critics Poll Spanish Harlem Orchestra – Anniversary (ArtistShare) Latin – Karl Ackerman  (All About Jazz) New Releases – Russ Musto (New York City Jazz Record, DownBeat)     Henry Conerway III – With Pride For Dignity (Self-released) New Releases – Richard B. Kamins (Step Tempest) New Releases – Peter Quinn (Jazzwise, The Arts Desk) Debut –  Richard B. Kamins (Step Tempest) … Read More


January 10, 2019Features

Album of the Day: Greg Ward, “Stomping Off From Greenwood” by Mike West, Bandcamp Daily Two things immediately distinguish Stomping Off From Greenwood. First, there’s the unique saxophone-and-dual-guitar frontline of Chicago saxophonist Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade quintet, a hard turn from the orchestral Mingus-isms of his most recent album, 2016’s Touch My Beloved’s Thought. Second, and by … Read More

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Feature on Greg Ward by Howard Reich

January 10, 2019Features

Ace Chicago sax man Greg Ward celebrates his Rogue Parade by Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune  When the irrepressibly creative Chicago saxophonist Greg Ward moved back here in 2015, after several years in New York, he knew what he was looking for. Or, to put it another way, he knew what he was tired of doing … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Gene Ess’ “Apotheosis” and Ralph Peterson’s Gen-Next Big Band’s “I Remember Bu”

January 10, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

George Harris, Jazz Weekly Leader Gene Ess plays guitar and synth as he brings together the pastoral team of Thana Alexa/voc, Sebastien Ammann/p, Yosushi Nakamura/b and Clarence Penn/dr to interpret his own rich compositions. Alexa sounds wonderful as she uses her wordless voice away from hubby Antonio Sanchez to give lovely textures to the soft … Read More

DOWNBEAT EDITORS’ PICKS: Ellen Rowe’s “Momentum, Portraits Of Women In Motion” & Greg Ward’s “Stomping Off From Greenwood”

January 8, 2019Features, Press Reel, Reviews

Ellen Rowe Octet Momentum, Portraits Of Women In Motion (Smokin’ Sleddog) J.D. Considine, Downbeat There are two ways a listener might understand Ellen Rowe’s ambitious new album, Momentum, Portraits Of Women In Motion. One would be to consider the concept, in which Rowe pays tribute to great women of politics, music and sports, and the fact that … Read More

REVIEW: Jazz Weekly Reviews Russ Johnson’s “Headlands”

January 7, 2019Press Reel, Reviews

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly The liner notes of this album by trumpeter Russ Johnson state that the music is “intended to be listened to in its entirety.” This makes sense, as the dozen songs create a suite-like feel with segues produced by solo improvisations by the composer and the remaining team of Rob Clearfield/key, … Read More