Daniel Bennett took the sax and his imagination and pivoted. The result is a unique collection of music that builds layer upon layer of woodwinds (sax, flute, clarinet and oboe) with Mark Cocheo’s guitar and its stringed brethren (mandolin, banjo) to amazing effect. “We Are The Orchestra” has a unique, American folk-meets-jazz feeling to it... Continue Reading →
Cape Town Welcomes Back Its Original Son of Jazz
In the days of apartheid in South Africa, jazz was happening, but there was little hope in reaching its full potential; much of it went unnoticed, disrespected and certainly uncelebrated. Today, the founder of Cape Town’s i-Sound Studios, Leonardo Fortuin, has been pivotal in bringing back one of the country’s pioneers to reclaim the genre,... Continue Reading →
“Coalescence 2” Takes Being In Tandem to New Levels
A new CD born from collaboration and camaraderie has just been released by five stellar New York City musicians, including Kenny Shanker on saxophones; Mike Eckroth on piano; Daisuke Abe on guitar; Yoshi Waki on bass and Brian Fishler on drums. “Coalescence 2” does sweet and light (“Downhill”), high-stepping funk (“Whatever, That Was”), melodies that... Continue Reading →
Flutter Float Dig and Grind – The Cello’s Versatility with Peter Hudler
The cello can be plaintive or playful, deep or ethereal; it just depends on who’s doing the coaxing. Peter Hudler of Austria is the Geppetto of this supremely beautiful instrument, and the good news is that he makes it come alive by pouring pure passion into every note in the classical realm and, very luckily... Continue Reading →
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