FINANCIAL TIMES: Ralph Peterson and Brian Lynch Favored in Article

January 7, 2020Press Reel

by Mike Hobart, Financial Times The jazz big band tradition remains niche, but continues to evolve. Drummer Ralph Peterson’s Gen-Next Big Band’s double album Listen Up!, released on the Onyx label, gives small-group modern jazz orchestral weight. Great arrangements, fresh solos and Berklee college students playing like seasoned pros. Trumpeter Brian Lynch’s literature-inspired The Omni-American … Read More

AQUARIAN WEEKLY: Yasser Tejeda & Ralph Peterson Reviewed in Aquarian Weekly

January 7, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

by Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly Not Your Father’s Big Band Listen Up! (Onyx Productions) is different from what you might expect of a big band. Sure, there’s five trumpets, four trombones, seven saxophones, two drummers, two bassists, keyboards, percussion, and vocals, but the arrangements on composers like Hoagy Carmichael (“Starlark”), Freddie Hubbard (“Down Under”), and Wayne … Read More

LLP @ WJF: Lakecia Benjamin, Brandee Younger, Eubanks Evans Experience and more!

January 6, 2020Press Reel, Special Announcement

Brandee Younger’s ‘Soul Awakening’ When: Sat. January 11th 2020, 7pm Where: Webster Hall, 125 E 11th Street, NYC Surfacing six years after its completion in 2013, Soul Awakening was recorded in 2012 under the direction of producer and bassist Dezron Douglas, and embodies the ambition, vigor and aesthetic ideals of The Brandee Younger Quartet, at and since its inception. A benchmark recording … Read More

FEATURE: The New Yorker Feature Lakecia Benjamin

January 6, 2020Features, Press Reel

By Briana Younger, The New Yorker The alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin plays jazz that is sprinkled with the rich flavors of funk and soul—she’s a crafty traditionalist who remains in step with the rhythms of the young generation. (One cut on her most recent album, “Rise Up,” reimagined Rihanna’s “Stay” through the sultry tones of … Read More

REVIEW: La Tanya Hall: Say Yes reviewed by Jazz Times

January 3, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

By Andrew Gilbert, Jazz Times If La Tanya Hall’s second album sounds far more poised, polished, and, well, accomplished than the typical sophomore release, it’s because she’s a well-traveled artist who’s spent years touring and recording with acts ranging from Harry Belafonte and Diana Ross to Steely Dan and Michael Feinstein. The New York vocalist … Read More

REVIEW: Kenyatta Beasley Septet reviewed by Black Grooves

January 3, 2020Press Reel, Reviews

by Jamal Baptiste, Black Grooves Trumpeter and composer Kenyatta Beasley’s tribute album, Frank Foster Songbook, celebrates his late mentor, the noted tenor and soprano saxophonist, composer and arranger Frank Benjamin Foster III. Recorded live over the course of two evenings at Brooklyn’s Jazz 966 club in 2013, this two-disc album captures the dynamic musical interactions … Read More

Kiki Valera’s Debut Album Vivencias en Clave Cubana is Available Now on Origin Records

January 3, 2020New Release, Press Reel

Origin Records is thrilled to present Vivencias en Clave Cubana, the debut solo album from Cuban cuatro master Kiki Valera. Released on October 18th, Vivencias en Clave Cubana melds Kiki’s virtuosic talent with traditional Cuban music and jazz sensibilities. Valera’s all-star ensemble includes the world-renowned Cuban vocalist Coco Freeman, trumpeter Alexis Baró, bassist José J. … Read More