FEATURES: Take Five Celebrates New Releases From Tomoko Omura and Jihye Lee As Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Commences – WBGO

May 2, 2021Press Reel

by Nate Chinen, WBGO “Born in Shizuoka, Japan and based in Brooklyn, NY, violinist Tomoko Omura has earned just acclaim for her command of the jazz tradition on her instrument, going back to Joe Venuti, Stéphane Grappelli and Stuff Smith. But she has also made a conscious and inspiring study of folkloric music from her … Read More

REVIEW: Roni Ben-Hur “Stories” – Wulf’s Music + Blog

April 30, 2021Press Reel, Reviews

By Wulf Mueller, Wulf’s Music + Blog Roni Ben-Hur / Stories – revered guitarist Ben-Hur called for the recording session of this new album a bunch of friends and legends – George Cables on piano, Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, the rhythm section with bassist Harvie S and drummer Victor Lewis, and special guest vocalists Magos … Read More

REVIEW: Berta Moreno “Tumaini” – Roots Music Review

April 29, 2021Press Reel, Reviews

By Joe Ross, Roots Music Review This album’s backstory began in 2016 when tenor saxophonist and composer Berta Moreno was invited by an organization called “Bilingual Birdies” to the Kawangware region of Kenya to work with kids at the Little Ray of Hope School. While volunteering in a poor, disadvantaged neighborhood fraught with poverty hunger … Read More