REVIEW: Gabriel Chakarjis’s New Beginning – The Jazz Owl

May 22, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

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

REVIEW: The 8-Bit Big Band Reviewed on Musicalmemoirs’sBlog

May 22, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

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

REVIEW: Oran Etkins’s Open Arms – Becca Pulliam

May 21, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

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

REVIEW: AJOYO’s ‘War Chant’ Reviewed in Glide Magazine

May 21, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

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