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Package Full of Sun: “Keep Movin’” from James Martin

Which comes out on top: James Martin’s vocals or his presence on the tenor sax? Hard to say, because on his latest offering “Keep Movin’” he can slot himself in with any musical POV and create jazz with an immersive... Continue Reading →

Homage to a Friend: Noah Preminger Tips His Hat to Composer Steve Lampert PART 1 of 2

The new release on October 4 of “Zigsaw: Music of Steve Lampert” is the 14th album by tenor sax player Noah Preminger (pictured above) but the first wholly devoted to and inspired by his friend, composer and trumpet player Steve... Continue Reading →

Sammy Stein Grabs the Mic with the New Book WOMEN IN JAZZ

The upcoming book release of Women in Jazz: The Women, The Legends & Their Fight by author Sammy Stein is a musical melange of the struggles and triumphs of iconic jazz masters as well as the lesser-known women in this... Continue Reading →

Powerhouse Vocals from Deb Bowman Give Us a “Fast Heart”

It’s a myth that the human heart has a finite number of beats. This is stellar news because it gives us lots of time to enjoy Deb Bowman’s new release “Fast Heart.” Inspired by a long-ago love affair and dedicated... Continue Reading →

Hi-Hats and High Spirit from Drummer Cecilia Sanchietti

Cecilia Sanchietti has a sweet, light, airy touch on drums, but don’t mistake that for meekness. She rolls and shimmers, painting with a full palette of colors on a multitude of recordings and performances. Having collaborated with a Nigerian choir... Continue Reading →

Folkloric Fusion Celebrates Womanhood: AJO’s New Release

Tribal, visceral and trance-like, the new release “Besa” by composer and musician AJO (formerly Vjollca Robelli) has its roots in her family’s lineage as well as the politics of being female. The folkloric feel of this album is no accident.... Continue Reading →

Going Up: Story Elevation by Leonisa Ardizzone

Multi-instrumentalist Leonisa Ardizzone believes in a world with fluid musical boundaries; that’s why in her latest release “All in Good Time” she delicately re-threads a Go-Go’s staple (“Our Lips are Sealed”) and adds new coloration to The Smiths’ “Girl Afraid.”... Continue Reading →

Nuanced Fusion from the Warren Galea Trio

  Having traveled countless miles from the island of Malta to Brooklyn, guitarist Warren Galea gained an appreciation for contrasting time signatures: not only in the pace of life but in his music. Mixing meters and different rhythmic elements in... Continue Reading →

Glissing from Sweetness to Swing

Trained very young on classical music for violin, the UK’s John Pearce slid over to the jazz side in college. He’s never denied his roots; a deep-seated appreciation for classical composition crops up in his playing even today in his... Continue Reading →

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