The Chef Is In: “Café Dynamite” Sizzles

Honoring Django’s spirit of unbridled joy that bubbles with optimism, the new CD “Café Dynamite” from Filippo Dall’Asta and Giulio Romano Malaisi [of the band Gypsy Dynamite, which has several iterations: duo, trio, quartet and quintet] is a worthy addition to the genre. While “Parisian Avenue” is smartly infused with shades of mystery in its... Continue Reading →

Double Time: Two Tasty New CDs from Ratko Zjaca

Two new works by guitarist Ratko Zjaca (interviewed earlier here) are almost too much of a treat at once. Not only is his instrumentation firmly in that perfect Goldilocks zone; his melodic lines are uncluttered, tempos tight but unobtrusive, and the phrasing flows like a river. Consider the sensibility of a meandering soul (“Here Nothing... 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 with admirable skill. The high-energy track “Zero to Sixty” spotlights Phell’s amazing technical expertise to... Continue Reading →

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