By Preston Frazier, Something Else No. 3. CATHERINE RUSSELL – ALONE TOGETHER: Never content to rest on the past, Catherine Russell delivers 13 stellar interpretations on this new Best of 2019 Jazz entry, not only highlighting her gifts as a vocalist but also as a band leader. Oh, and what a band: Guitarist Matt Munisteri, … Read More
By Terry Gross, NPR This week, we’re listening back to some favorite Fresh Air interviews from the past decade. Russell sang tracks from her solo album, Strictly Romancin’, during this 2012 interview and performance.
by Felipe Freitas, Jazz Trail American trumpeter/composer/bandleader Brian Lynch, a Grammy award winning artist, has brought a new burning charisma to the Latin jazz genre, raising consciousness through a colorful consolidation of diverse musical cultures. His double-disc big band album, The Omni-American Book Club, was inspired by literature and features noteworthy guests such as drummer … Read More
by Andrew Gilbert, Mercury News Natalie Cressman and Ian Faquini, “Setting Rays of Summer” (Cressman Music): San Francisco-reared New York trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman and Brazilian-born Berkeley guitarist/composer Ian Faquini sound more like a quartet then a duo on this ravishing set of originals songs inspired by Brazil’s omnivorously cosmopolitan popular music tradition.
By Eugene Holley Jr, Hot House From 1955 to 1960, the legendary Café Bohemia in Greenwich Village was one of the most impactful jazz venues of its era. Originally opened by Jimmy Garofolo in 1949, as a restaurant, stage and bar, Charlie Parker offered to play there for free in exchange for drinks. Though Parker … Read More
by Robert Ham, Downbeat T.K. Blue never will forget the first time he heard pianist Randy Weston perform. Especially because when he found himself at The East, a Brooklyn-based arts education center that held jazz concerts on the weekends, he thought he was going to see Ramsey Lewis. Read more here.
by Asher Wolfe, Jazziz Chase Baird’s new studio ensemble functions like an ecosystem. The New York-based saxophonist released his second LP, A Life Between, with the star-studded lineup of pianist Brad Mehldau, drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Dan Chmielinski and guitarist Nir Felder. There are no overlapping personnel from his 2010 debut Crosscurrent. Although this iteration of Baird’s … Read More
by Bob Weinberg, Jazziz Reading the books to which Brian Lynch links his compositions is not a prerequisite for appreciating the music on his exquisite, first-ever big-band album The Omni-American Book Club (Hollistic MusicWorks). From joyous Latin-jazz jams to African-drum-fueled workouts to salutes to straight-ahead-jazz heroes Blue Mitchell and Woody Shaw, the program abounds with the aural … Read More
From Ravi Coltrane to Freddy Cole, 2019′s best jazz performances in Chicago by Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune Greg Ward and Rogue Parade, Jan. 11 at the Green Mill Jazz Club Saxophonist Greg Ward, who presented a full-scale reimagining of Charles Mingus’ “The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady” in Millennium Park last summer, will play … Read More
by Connor Ratliff, Rolling Stone TITLE: Yes! A mash-up title that would only work for these two artists — or two artists with similar sounds in their names. COVER ART: A classic Xmas-y design, and a pic of Martina and Dan looking like they’re having fun. It’s cute. LISTENING: Jazzy and classy and sparse but warm. This record … Read More