April 17, 2020

In my enthusiastic review of guitarist Dave Stryker’s 2019 album Eight Track III – which capped his trilogy of contemporary jazz interpretations of classic pop hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – I wrote, “The songs that could have been played on an 8-track apparatus i...

April 17, 2020

One of the most beautifully eloquent and gently heartbreaking vocal recordings in recent memory, Tie Me To You is more than a showcase for an exquisite singer (the sultry, gossamer voiced Kathleen Grace) backed by an accompanist (two time Grammy nominated pianist/keybo...

April 17, 2020

In the 90s when composer/guitarists like Ottmar Liebert and Armik were blazing their lilting yet fiery trails in Nouveau Flamenco music, the phrase seemed like a clever way to epitomize the growing genre. Had those who coined it seen further into the future and realize...

April 16, 2020

When the calm of the world is at stake, and every message of hope is crucial to our collective peace of mind and the endurance of the human spirit, it’s not only possible, but essential to present any form of love. 

Summ...

April 16, 2020

You’ve just gotta love a multi-talented artist who starts a disc with a Barry White like spoken baritone talking about tranquility, peace and love and speaks in French (“Through the Vines”), sings later in bright and rollicking, harmony laden Spanish with mariachi horn...

April 16, 2020

Weird how sometimes, the most amazing indie bands just disappear after a fast start. Fortunately, some, like the sonically raw, dreamy and trippy power pysch rock duo SoloS, re-emerge in unexpected ways that will blow your mind with rhythmic diversity, spaced out sonic...

April 14, 2020

With the release of the Puerto Rican based Calabó’s rhythmically eclectic, delightfully swinging and sonically inventive debut album One Day at a Time, Latin music doesn’t just have a new guitar hero – it’s got a literal one- man jazz band paving the way towards a brig...

April 13, 2020

The cover of multi-talented jazz singer-pianist Aimee Nolte’s brilliant 2019 album Looking for the Answers features a playful illustration of the singer as a young girl in a spacesuit on a bleak planet, shovel in hand, eager to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Th...

April 13, 2020

In a brief but insightful documentary about the creation of their gently transcendent, traditional new album Celtic Fairy Dream, 2002’s Randy Copus made a comment that seems uniquely prescient for its release in the Spring of 2020, when the world is going through unpre...

April 8, 2020

The power of a single long-ago hit TV show to fashion our perception of a multi-faceted artist is staggering. Since becoming legendary for his synth-driven theme and dynamic scores for “Miami Vice,” that’s been Jan Hammer’s never-ending cultural calling card. His great...

April 7, 2020

The name Sam Jones might not spark instant recognition among modern jazz fans, but his countless all-star associations will. Best known for his work with Cannonball Adderley from 1959-65, the influential bassist and composer’s resume also features a long stint with Osc...

April 7, 2020

In this age of digital consumption and streaming, it feels more and more like brilliant CD packaging concepts are a dying art form – which makes the imagery on veteran guitarist Lou Volpe’s adventurously arranged, crisply played and eminently soulful, bluesy and swingi...

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