Review: ‘Sung With Words,’ a Collaboration by a Pianist and a Poet By Nate Chinen “Sung With Words,” a song cycle by the pianist Helen Sung and the poet Dana Gioia, starts from the premise that jazz and poetry are natural allies. This isn’t a new or provocative idea, but it can still present a … Read More
Expansions The Dave Liebman Group: The Puzzle By Raul da Gama on Jazz da Gama Dave Liebman is one of the greatest relatively unsung masters of the saxophone. True, he has been honoured by the NEA and is beloved of the cognoscenti, but as saxophonists go in this generation, he appears to be less recognised … Read More
by James Nadal, All About Jazz 4 Stars! In the study of Hindu Vedanta philosophy, jnana-vijnana is a Sanskrit term for the pursuit of knowledge combined with intuitive realization arising from perception. If applied to music in a jazz framework, it is free from agitation and flows with a meditative rapture. The Dan Wilkins Ensemble … Read More
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record DAN WILKINS ENSEMBLE/Jnana Vijnana: This bunch of up and coming New York jazzbos takes inspiration from past jazzbos as they stop and reflect on eastern kinds of mind sets and comes forth with something more than chamber jazz. Not egghead stuff, this is easy going stuff that goes to the … Read More
Shunzo Ohno is featured in Cary Tone’s Bridge Crossings section of December’s Hot House!
Nippon in New York: Kyogen, J-MUSIC Ensemble, Shunzo Ohno, Video Games Live by Justin Tedaldi, Examiner.com With Thanksgiving (and the hopes of sensible eating) now just a memory, we turn to colder weather, falling snow, and the new year to come. Fortunately for Japanese culture fans, December is just as busy as the holiday season … Read More
The Brooklyn Jazz Underground is featured in the December issue of Hot House Magazine! Thanks Seton Hawkins!
“Younger taps into the spiritual well that fueled the art of both Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane, yet she remains ever-cognizant of the time in which she lives and plays.” Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz REVIVE Music proudly announces the February 19 release of “Wax & Wane”, the sophomore album from harpist Brandee Younger. Evoking … Read More
Take Five With Trumpeter Shunzo Ohno by Raul Da Gama, Jazz da Gama All that is unusual and unexpected about Shunzo Ohno is encapsulated in the glimmering, intimate and transcendent howl of his trumpet. He plays each note that flies out of the bell of his instrument as if he were creating the pristine and … Read More
Francesco Marcocci Quintet: Folklorico By Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Net This volume of music affirms Francesco Marcocci’s exemplary music and double bass prowess as well as serves to further draw attention to the still underrated composer’s quirky, inventive and emotionally engaging output. Clearly he is a bassist and a composer who seeks the path … Read More