A new CD radiates with rich chords and subtly resolving dissonances that paint a living, breathing musical portrait of how great music should feel. Pianist/leader Eric Stern’s new CD Familiar Colors has tracks that are smart and cool, pulling emotions from the ether that hit deep. “To Light the Way” has the feel of a... Continue Reading →
Stepping Out with a Strong Lead Beat: Here Now by The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge delivers fat sounds and assertive funk in their debut CD “Here Now.” The eight tracks have hot beats and a comfortable roll, with songs like “Limit is the Sky” which brings a gliding ease through a memorable melody, and “Upper West Side Ride” which throws off a delightfully smartass NYC attitude. What... Continue Reading →
Seasoned, Clean Sound on First Album by Tyler Cooney Trio
Leader/guitarist Tyler Cooney’s first full-length studio album Modern Ideal is melodic, accomplished, and highly listenable. Easy on the breeze is “Country Sumthin” where spare, uncomplicated guitar playing has a perfectly light touch to bring the tune on its journey. Cooney’s solo is accompanied with a collaborative warmth from Tim Firth’s gentle brushes and Nick Quigley’s... Continue Reading →
The Extraordinary Journey of Jason Miles – A Musical Biography
Here, the title fits the story. Jason Miles, who cut his musical teeth on childhood accordion lessons and then piano lessons in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, has nearly five decades’ worth of rubbing elbows and playing music with some serious icons of the jazz world. Not only is his own personal journey so entertainingly rendered (one of... Continue Reading →
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