April 6, 2020

Checking out a new indie band for the first time is often a gateway to innumerable musical pleasures, and sometimes these extend beyond the experience of immersing - and in the case of Alabama based dream pop-punk-psychedlic-experimental rock Witch’s Wall, being comple...

April 4, 2020

With the release of his powerful, no holds barred song “The Coronavirus,” Darrell Kelley perfectly meets our unique, challenging moment in history by addressing our strange new day to day reality and its attendant fears and social protocols.

Teaming with his producer/co...

March 28, 2020

When first discovering a vibrant, visionary new artist, there’s always the tendency to connect his or her artistry to others who have captured our musical hearts in the past. When I started to listen to composer, pianist and drummer Masa Takumi’s multiple shades of ama...

March 26, 2020

A sonically expansive, ever evolving 27 years since making his debut back in his lead flute playing days with Afternoon in Sedona, Nicholas Gunn is releasing his extraordinary 20th album Pacific Blue into a very different world than he could have imagined existing whil...

March 25, 2020

Sometimes the best pathways to understanding the intention and necessity for innovative artists to make experimental/avant-garde/purely improvisational free jazz can be found in the liner notes of an offbeat project like MZM, which combines the talents, offbeat procliv...

March 25, 2020

In his fascinating liner notes for Solar Wind, a trippy, offbeat and purely improvised avant-garde collection combining the collective history, intuitive talents and just about anything goes mindset of of Robert Dick (flutes, piccolo, voice), Joelle Leandre (contrabass...

March 25, 2020

Had versatile Brazilian drummer emerged from his vast decades long resume as a sideman with his majestic and melodically sweeping, rhythmically expansive debut Vision for Rhythm in 2016, it would have been a wondrous mood-setter for the Rio Olympics. But no matter, the...

March 25, 2020

Combining the dual rockin’ blues genius of veteran guitarist/slide guitarist/vocalist Jay Willie – longtime leader of the Connecticut based Jay Willie Blues Band – and legendary Detroit-born singer/harmonica master James Montgomery, Cadillac Walk is probably the most b...

March 25, 2020

A fixture on the NYC jazz scene for years as free-lancer/sideman and owner of the jazz bars, the Silver Lining and The Django, Chicago bred tenor saxophonist Vito Dieterle charts a fascinating creative course on Anemone, his debut album as a leader after a splendid duo...

March 25, 2020

Status Sphere, one of the more deeply imaginative, powerfully dynamic yet tenderly intimate Thelonious Monk tributes in recent memory, pairs two irrepressible staples of today’s NYC jazz scene.

With over 1600 compositions to his credit, veteran pianist/composer Joel For...

March 25, 2020

Generally when jazz heads ponder the fruitful nearly three decade relationship between Duke Ellington and pianist, composer and arranger Billy Strayhorn, the evergreens “Lush Life” and the big band signature “Take the A Train” come to mind – so often that they have bee...

March 24, 2020

In my overwhelmingly positive review of Japanese born vocal interpreter extraordinaire Hiromi Kanda’s 2013 collection Days of Yesterday, I praised her strong supple phrasing, balanced sense of playfulness and emotional intimacy and loving caress of the material.

She bri...

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