By Mike Greenblatt, Goldmine Magazine Who am I to “review” the seven-disc boxed set Columbia and RCA Victor Studio Recordings of Louis Armstrong 1946-1966 (Mosaic Records)? So I won’t. This is history of the most profound sort: the late-career artistry of Pops that includes never-before-heard alternate takes, rehearsals, even studio banter between the icon and … Read More
Greg Ward, Rajiv Halim, and Sharel Cassity Are Altoizm, New Self-Titled Album out July 16, 2021 via AFAR Music AFAR Music is proud to announce the July 16, 2021 release of Altoizm, the self-titled debut recording from a three-headed alto saxophone supergroup led by Greg Ward, Rajiv Halim, and Sharel Cassity. Featuring a rocksteady yet … Read More
By Editor, Last Row Music Sam Blakeslee and Wistful Thinking Present The Long Middle, A Meditation on Isolation and Distance in a Chamber Jazz Setting, due out July 30, 2021 via Outside in Music. Read more here.
Pianist & Composer Andy Milne Wins Jazz Album of the Year: Group at 2021 JUNO Awards For Personal New Release, The reMission Watch “The reMission Promo” via YouTube here On June 4, 2021, internationally renowned pianist and composer Andy Milne and his trio, Unison, won the 2021 Juno Award for Jazz Album of the Year: … Read More
By Raul Da Gama, Latin Jazz Net Both dedicatory albums by Alex Conde – Descarga for Monk and now, Descarga for Bud – are ineffably compelling [as only the prodigious Mr Conde is capable of]. His performance of the repertoire – more specifically, his interpretation of some of the 20thcentury’s greatest music by two of … Read More
By Matt Silver, WRTI In jazz, as in life, you are the company you keep. Perhaps unfair at times, it’s a truism that works out nicely for pianist Keith Brown. Casual jazz fans might not know him by name, but they might very well know him by sound; he played on acclaimed records led by … Read More
By Kevin Johnson, No Treble Bass virtuoso Charnett Moffett has returned with his seventeenth album as a leader, entitled New Love. The bassist describes the music, recorded in trio and quartet band formats, as a love letter to humanity. Read more here.
By Matt collar, AllMusic The third collaboration between bassist Charnett Moffett and guitarist Jana Herzen, 2021’s New Lovefinds the duo exploring an expansive and uplifting, fusion-influenced sound. Both a creative and romantic partnership, Moffett and Herzen (who married in 2020) have been making music together since 2007’s Passion of a Lonely Heart. Read more here.
By Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz “Guitarist Roni Ben-Hur, originally from Israel, has absorbed a lot of different cultures and styles into his music. That is reflected on this CD in the variety of music played here: straight ahead jazz as well as Latin and Middle Eastern folk melodies.” Read the full review here.
By Troy Dostert, All About Jazz “Tenor saxophonist Berta Moreno released her promising debut, Little Steps, in 2017. It signaled her debt to forbears such as Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson, and displayed an impressive command of bop language. Tumaini, her engaging follow-up, moves in a rather different direction. Time well-spent in Kenya gave Moreno a wider focus for her … Read More