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Vibraphonist Christian Tamburr Stirred by Giants of Humanity in “The Awakening”

As art moves us, the ripple effects can cause the creation of new art; so has composer and vibraphonist Christian Tamburr been inspired by the larger-than-life sculptures of artist Seward Johnson. Tamburr’s new CD that riffs off these massive works... Continue Reading →

The Grit, the Growl and the Low Down – Rich Willey’s Creative Burst

Bandleader, composer, arranger, trumpeter and a guy who found an important place for 34 strings in his latest oeuvre, Rich Willey has just completed a new CD that brims with depth, texture and amazing walls of jazz. “Down and Dirty”... Continue Reading →

Stretching into the Dappled Light: “Green Sapphire” with Artur Bayramgalin

A reedy mournfulness gives way to outstretched arms seeking to capture the light in a new CD “Green Sapphire” from Canadian guitarist Artur Bayramgalin. The title track (inspired by a dream about his father) journeys comfortably as a mood piece... Continue Reading →

Re-up on Shubh Saran: “Becoming”

"Becoming” is 2020’s answer to fresh sounds coming from Shubh Saran & Friends. The EP has five outstanding tracks that paint bold and sweet emotions with extremely creative chord modulations (the title track). “Storm” is a beautiful mass of entangled... Continue Reading →

Fingers Fly, Solos Soar – Teymur Phell Turns Up “Master Volume”

Excitement rolls in like a drum from the very opening of Teymur Phell’s first-ever release titled “Master Volume.” In this generously portioned album of all-original songs, Phell has assembled a sparkling group of artists who mesh their different flavors together... Continue Reading →

Play Honestly. Be Kind. It’s Jam of the Week from Farnell Newton!

Indie and newbie musicians alike can flex their chops and get honest critiquing from their peers on a Facebook page devoted to jazz artists working their craft. Called “Jam of the Week” or JOTW, it’s run by trumpet player Farnell... Continue Reading →

Depth, Clarity and a Funny Little Thing Called “Manouche” – Dario Napoli’s “Joie de Vivre”

What Django Reinhardt started let no man (or woman) put asunder. Gypsy jazz (sometimes called “Manouche” after Django’s ethnic roots) is a hotbed of intensity recalling the vibe in clubs from 1930’s Paris that has come into its own with... Continue Reading →

Throw a Look Behind Your Shoulder – Channeling Mancini et al. with Gabe Pope

Combine the smoothness of a dry martini with a slightly musky cologne and a starched collar: riffing off the vibe of Mancini and others makes Gabe Pope’s new album “Cool Composure” some welcomed time travel. He’s created music that feels... Continue Reading →

Robin Phillips Resurfaces with “Re-Versed”

Robin Phillips (featured on this blog in 2018) once again delivers upbeat, fresh music even while re-visiting the past with his new album “Re-Versed.” The UK-based singer and pianist has selected some of the best jazz standards ever and adds... Continue Reading →

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