May 14, 2018

Once dubbed a “German born Parisian chanteuse with Brazilian stylings,” versatile vocalist and true musical citizen of the world Gabriele Tranchina takes us all over the map (literally) on a genre-transcendent voyage whose stylistic destinations are as unpredictable as...

May 14, 2018

When it comes to female jazz legends, we have certainly have had enough tribute albums to Ella, Billie, Sarah and Dinah – so it’s particularly refreshing that veteran jazz singer Diane Marino chose a well-known but slightly less iconic jazz great to focus her immense t...

May 14, 2018

It is testament to Italian born saxophonist Salvo Losappio’s dynamic skills as tuneful bebop and swing composer that the original songs on his deeply soulful yet joyfully frenetic debut album Long Story Short fit in cozily among his veteran quartet’s fresh interpretati...

May 14, 2018

Driven by Sacramento based singer, songwriter and sonic visionary David James, the four piece alt-pop band Fate Under Fire has contributed the theme song to NBC’s Sunday “Today Show,” won MTVU’s Freshman Five Competition with their single “On The Water” and, among coun...

May 13, 2018

Sometimes, the Universe just knows. In the midst of a trying day or week, with real and probably imagined work and personal stresses piling up without seeming end, the gift comes and allows you a few moments, maybe even an hour of immersion, transcendence, escape. That...

May 7, 2018

If you are into soulful, thought provoking and consciousness expanding ambient music, Scott Lawlor is a composer and artist who needs to be on your musical radar. His vast body of work will keep your ears attuned for a long time to both your inner spirit and that indef...

May 6, 2018

Reflecting on pianist/composer Brenda Warren’s latest collection, the exquisitely produced, intimately poignant, and spiritually transcendent Beautiful Journey, its producer, legendary Windham Hill Founder wrote, “I was listening to an utterly unique artistic voice and...

May 6, 2018

I have to make a disclaimer before sharing the fascinating story of how Los Angeles based veteran flautist Joanne Lazzaro and her ensemble Dreamcatcher came to be the first artists to record – and brilliantly so - composer Katherine Hoover’s highly evocative Canyon Sha...

May 6, 2018

In a rave review I wrote a few years ago for Everything Happens for a Reason, Andrew Neu’s fourth solo smooth/urban jazz oriented album, I cleverly disguised my frustration that this versatile, incredibly inventive saxophonist was getting a bit lost in the shuffle amon...

May 4, 2018

Extending the whirlwind of seemingly non-stop recording, video and touring activity that has catapulted Pentatonix from third season winners of NBC’s The Singoff in 2011 to multiplatinum selling global superstars, the five-piece, three-time Grammy-winning a cappella gr...

May 4, 2018

When legendary artists discuss their latest recordings, they often claim it’s their best work to drum up interest from longtime fans who cherish the classics. Yet when Rita Coolidge states that that Safe in the Arms of Time, her new album on indie label Blue Elan Recor...

May 4, 2018

After keeping the scene hopping as one of NYC’s most inventive drummers for a decade, McClenty Hunter. Jr – perhaps best known for his three year stint with Kenny Garrett’s Grammy nominated quintet – finally steps out with emphatic bursts of traditional jazz and contem...

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