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  • Jan Daley sets the bar high with 'The Way of a Woman'

    Jan Daley sets the bar high with 'The Way of a Woman'

    Greatness can be defined many ways, but with Jan Daley you easily define it as the mastery of dynamic vocal range.  Daley delivers the songwriter's lyrics in crisp, clear tones while moving along the scales with the utmost of ease. She expresses it in such a manner that you feel the message that the...
  • Pianist Christian Sands may be 27, but his music stands the test of time, bursting with life and the promise of a new stylized setting for j

    Christian Sands succumbs to controlled bliss on ‘REACH’ debut

    Christian Sands may appear onstage as a sideman to bigger names, but when he puts his tender fingers on those hard black and white keys, he changes the scenery of a room. In his upcoming new Mack Avenue record debut REACH, the 27-year-old jazz pianist steps into the limelight as the disarming...
  • Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra tries to awaken the listening audience to what’s going on within and without for a truly collective live

    Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra weaves third stream jazz with social message

    Bronx-based composer Kyle Saulnier’s 19-piece Awakening Orchestra makes quite a statement in its debut album, Interlude: Atticus Live! — The Music of Jesse Lewis on Biophilia Records, out since Dec. 5, 2016. Saulnier is an American writer with conviction. With what he calls post-modern third stream...
  • On his upcoming Mack Avenue record, guitarist and composer Kevin Eubanks indulges in his Philly-bred R&B roots with his love of the spiritua

    Kevin Eubanks achieves balance between earthy blues and airy jazz

    For the longest time, Kevin Eubanks has wanted to stand on his own as an artist — apart from the fame he acquired as a musical frontman to TV host Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show.” The Philly-born guitarist also likes to chase his muse, from one rabbit hole to another if need be — as anyone lucky...
  • German trumpeter Julian and pianist Roman Wasserfuhr use every jazz asset at their disposal to portray action-packed New York City in the ne

    Julian and Roman Wasserfuhr’s ‘Landed in Brooklyn’ hits jazz hard

    German brothers Julian and Roman Wasserfuhr show the action-packed nature of Brooklyn through hard-hitting, horn-and-piano entanglements. Their new album, Landed in Brooklyn, comes out in the U.S. March 17, and features established musicians, like Grammy-winning Blackstar tenor saxophonist Donny...
  • Forget the critics, Ellen Andersson’s intuitive quartet slays on the “Gloomy Sunday” of a Billie Holiday improvement in her debut jazz recor

    Ellen Andersson succeeds where others fail in debut jazz record

    All hail Ellen Andersson, the best sort of blasphemous resurrection. The audacious Swedish jazz singer with the voice of tissue paper enrobing a jewel is probably the best representation of new jazz coming out of Europe and a more than fitting successor to Billie Holiday. On her new album, I’ll Be...
  • Arizona-based, Greek pianist Ioannis Goudelis opts for romantic opulence in his latest gem of a classically kissed jazz trio album, Blue.

    Ioannis Goudelis Trio leaves no stone unturned in ‘Blue’

    Ioannis Goudelis’ new trio record unfolds in an elaborate dance from one original track to another. Blue features 10 instrumentals written and arranged by the Scottsdale, Ariz.-/Corfu-based, Greek pianist and composer. The instrumentals seamlessly reference the rich styles of classical music and...
  • Anti-Hero is the electric-jazz collective’s ninth studio album and Motéma Music debut, a continuation of the genre-bending the five-man quin

    Grammy-nominated Kneebody returns with ‘Anti-Hero’ music

    An anti-hero is a literary character who does the right thing, saves the world and maybe himself, but does all of this unconventionally. Perhaps no other band out there fits this bill to a T like the Grammy-nominated, genre-defying, electric-jazz quintet, Kneebody. For 16 years, Kneebody’s...
  • With the exception of one or two songs, the drummer’s new recording with his quartet speeds past the bumps in life with hypnotic funk appeal

    Louis Romanos Quartet bounces off hypnotic funk in ‘Serenity’

    On their February release Serenity, the Louis Romanos Quartet makes a feast of a few well-placed riffs. They go in and out of the second-line funk roots of the quartet's New Orleans-bred bandleader and percussionist. Right from the start of “Just Pretend” to the end of “Witches Brew,” Romanos...
  • Atlanta native Joe Alterman is the last of the original feel-good, straight-ahead jazz pianists. His new album, Comin’ Home To You, gives li

    Joe Alterman comes home to new, feel-good jazz

    Pianist Joe Alterman is most memorable when he loses himself in the rhythm of a good, old-fashioned, group jazz session. On the Atlanta native’s new album, Comin’ Home To You, there’s plenty of that going on through 11 tracks, two of them originals. Formerly based in New York, Alterman maintains the...
  • San Francisco-based Andrea Claburn not only debuts her jazz vocals but her songwriting on Nightshade with a great working band.

    Andrea Claburn debuts vocal instrumental ‘Nightshade’

    Finding the key to Andrea Claburn’s vocal heart takes awhile, maybe a couple dozen listens to get to. The San Francisco-based jazz artist’s Jan. 13 debut album Nightshade features all the right strokes, a hot, working band, smooth, malleable vocals, sophisticated, mature takes on seven standards and...
  • Marilyn Scott wades in heavy waters for ‘Standard Blue’

    Marilyn Scott wades in heavy waters for ‘Standard Blue’

    Marilyn Scott's ​​​latest album, Standard Blue, can be described with one word: deep. A devotee of the music that surrounded her coming up through the ranks of heavy influence in the Bay Area’s coolest dives (the Fillmore), heavy on the blues, Scott tries to embrace the emotional depths of nine...
  • In the Oct. 7, 2016 live album, the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra — directed by Fritz K. Renold — and several guest stars put the jam into 13 d

    Sharon Renold shines in Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra’s new live album

    Who is that searing voice in the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra’s latest live album, Heaven Help Us All (Shanti Records)? She’s bassist Sharon Renold, 18, the surprising soul injection in an exemplary and tight jazz orchestral setting live at the April 16, 2016 Jazzaar Festival in Kultur and...
  • Recorded in church, the gospel-raised, jazz pianist and composer continues his musical love affair with his fourth major album, The Quest: L

    Enoch Smith Jr. continues jazz gospel ‘Quest’ in first live album

    Sometimes, raw, open honesty surpasses technical prowess. Enoch Smith Jr.’s Nov. 11, 2016 The Quest: Live At APC is just that kind of album. Fascinated with the outcome of gospel and jazz, the Allentown, N.J.-based pianist and composer recorded his first live album and fourth major recording effort...
  • Deborah Silver creates art in 'Gold Standards'

    Deborah Silver creates art in 'Gold Standards'

    Recording artist, Deborah Silver has found her niche as a contemporary vocalist in tune with the waves of musical evolution and sound. A Mississippi native, Silver is a melodic, soulful artist who paints her life with the canvas of music. She follows her heart and finds inspiration at the root of...
  • Rise Of Orion is first-call drummer Rudy Royston’s attempt to understand the hidden meaning beyond everyday life, while conveying hope and l

    Rudy Royston Trio generates seismic shift in progressive jazz

    Drummer Rudy Royston and his Rise Of Orion trio stress jazz in the best way. Released two months ago on trumpeter Dave Douglas’ Greenleaf Records, Rise Of Orion’s 13 tracks jump around on seismic shifts as only a drumming bandleader can cook up. Rise Of Orion features his own material on all but two...
  • Beloved Seattle jazzman Bill Anschell’s new jazz album Rumbler relies on unconventional rhythms to get his thoughtful points across.

    Bill Anschell’s new ‘Rumbler’ lives for unexpected

    At times, the natural rhythm of pianist Bill Anschell’s upcoming album, Rumbler, recalls the calm of a gently falling rainy day in transition from winter to spring, afternoon to dusk. The feeling of rain — quiet, unpredictable, and revealing — permeates tunes like “Dark Wind,” “Captive Light...
  • Entre Amigos is an upcoming Brazilian album by singer-songwriter Sandy Cressman steeped in the post-bossa-nova tradition. She goes deeper in

    Sandy Cressman explores other side of Brazilian music

    Bay Area vocalist Sandy Cressman dives into lesser-known styles of Brazilian music on her upcoming album, Entre Amigos — a community affair, including her trombonist husband Jeff (Santana), Seattle-based pianist Jovino Santos Neto, bossa-nova veteran Antonio Adolfo, and a host of other well-known...
  • This Istanbul-based vocalist just may legitimize abstract jazz with her Little Red Bug. 

    Basak Yavuz’s ‘A Little Red Bug’ shake 'n bakes upright, uptight jazz

    Istanbul-based vocalist Başak Yavuz bears more than a passing resemblance to Jefferson Airplane’s original soul sister, Grace Slick. Yavuz’s new, Dec. 15, 2016 album, A Little Red Bug (things & records), features 11 tracks (all but the classic “Bye Bye Blackbird” written by her) in English and...
  • Stabilimento traverses all of the Toronto-born bassist’s favorite musical styles in a hyper-dynamic, orchestral setting.

    Roberto Occhipinti’s ‘Stabilimento’ flows in upwardly mobile direction

    Roberto Occhipinti’s Nov. 1, 2016 release, Stabilimento (Italian for, “Establishment”), operates on a constantly moving conveyor belt of orchestral, global goodness. Small wonder, the Toronto-born bassist and composer put everything he loves in this staggered, nine-track album on his Modica Music...
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