Turning 50 is as good a milestone as any to decide to create something new and very personal. Sax player Pierrick Pédron has recently released “Fifty-Fifty New York Sessions,” nine powerful tracks that sail along with style and grace. The wispy, quick “Mr. Takagi” is lightly packed with tasty bites of piano riffs and steady... Continue Reading →
Incendiary Intensity from Derek Brown in “All Figured Out”
A sax is a playground to Derek Brown, who has perfected a “slap-tongue” technique that explores the instrument percussively while being extremely lyrical. He has drawn inspiration, he says, from disparate musicians as Bobby McFerrin, Sonny Rollins, Green Day, Rachmaninoff and Justin Bieber. In his newest CD “All Figured Out,” Brown uses funk and bounce... Continue Reading →
Strong, Lush Debut by Daniele Germani with “A Congregation of Folks”
Releasing this month on the Italian label GleAM Records, the new CD “A Congregation of Folks” by front man/sax player Daniele Germani presents some top-notch material. On the track “The Capitalist Creed,” his sax strolls and peeks into the corners, braced by morphing chord blocks on piano and the soft swell of cymbal crashes and... Continue Reading →
What to Choose to Chill You Out – New CD by Julian Hartwell
The new CD that drops 3/12/21 from pianist/composer Julian Hartwell called “LYVELIFE” is an invite to enter a world where music makes you feel sublime. The song “Rough Sketch” has a big band vibe with some stellar breakouts from sax and trumpet and vocals that skillfully skirt the edges of scat, as Hartwell bounces and... Continue Reading →
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