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Dabin Ryu | Wall

July 30, 2021 / No Comments / Tags: Anthony Marsden, Benjamin Young, Boyce Griffith, Dabin Ryu, Fernando Ferrarone, Kevin Scollins, Nathan See, Willis Edmundson, Zoe Obadia

Wall is the debut release of pianist Dabin Ryu and what an outstanding introduction it is to this talent from South Korea. Ryu, a graduate of Berklee College, composed, arranged, and produced this fantastic effort. The tunes cover an array of modes and allow each of the players on the effort to ...

The Baylor Project | Generations

July 30, 2021 / No Comments / Tags: Ben Williams, Christopher Michael Stevens, Dezron Douglas, Dianne Reeves, Freddie Hendrix, Jamison Ross, Jazzmeia Horn, Jean Baylor, Keith Loftis, Kenny Garrett, Marcus Baylor, Marvin Sewell, Ray Holloman, Richie Goods, Shedrick Mitchell, Sullivan Fortner

Generations from the team of drummer Marcus Baylor and singer Jean Baylor is a beautiful homage to their personal and ancestral musical influences. Elements of jazz, gospel, and soul infuse the excellent compositions of The Baylor Project’s second endeavor. The tremendous production ...

Lauren Henderson | Musa

June 16, 2021 / No Comments / Tags: Lauren Henderson

Musa, singer Lauren Henderson‘s eighth release, is a multilingual rumination on themes of love and longing. The project features eleven tracks of original compositions and vibrant interpretations of standard tunes. Sullivan Fortner on piano, Eric Wheeler on bass and Joe Dyson on drums, ...

NPR: Jazz Singer Nnenna Freelon Works Through Grief With New Album And Podcast

NPR: Jazz Singer Nnenna Freelon Works Through Grief With New Album And Podcast

June 15, 2021 / No Comments

Nnenna and Phil Freelon were a power couple: He was the lead architect for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History & Culture, and she was a Grammy-nominated jazz singer, composer, actress and playwright. They enjoyed an exciting, full life of work, ...

Charnett Moffett | New Love

June 15, 2021 / No Comments

New Love features the fretless electric bass playing of Charnett Moffett along with Jana Herzen on guitar and vocals, Corey Garcia and rising-star Malick Koly on drums and Irwin Hall on tenor and soprano saxophones and alto flute.

Esperanza Spalding Meets Funding Goal to Build Artist Sanctuary

Esperanza Spalding Meets Funding Goal to Build Artist Sanctuary

June 12, 2021 / No Comments / Tags: esperanza spalding

Award-winning bassist and educator Esperanza Spalding recently launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to raise monies needed to buy land for the building of a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) artist sanctuary in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. Spalding contributed the ...

Troy Roberts & Tim Jago | Best Buddies

Troy Roberts & Tim Jago | Best Buddies

June 11, 2021 / No Comments / Tags: Ben Vanderwal, Karl Florisson, Tim Jago, Troy Roberts

Saxophonist Troy Roberts and guitarist Tim Jago found productive use of their time in quarantine in their home country of Australia after leaving the New York scene for a bit. They spent the time writing and recording the material that comprises this release Best Buddies. They invited familiar ...

Francesco Amenta | Midtown Walk

Francesco Amenta | Midtown Walk

June 4, 2021 / No Comments / Tags: Cyrus Chestnut, Francesco Amenta, Gary Kerkezou, Kimon Karoutzos

Composer, tenor saxophonist, and pianist Francesco Amenta’s Midtown Walk is his second album as a leader and features mostly original tunes penned by Amenta. The project is produced by Grammy-winning bassist John Lee. Amenta possesses great tone and delivery that benefits the ...

Reggie Quinerly | New York Nowhere

April 2, 2021 / No Comments / Tags: Antoine Drye, John Chin, John Ellis, Reggie Quinerly, Sean Conly

New York Nowhere is drummer-composer Reggie Quinerly’s fourth recording and reflective farewell to New York City, where he lived from 1999 to 2020. The musical departure features a swinging and contemplative collection of original compositions by Quinnerly. The wonderful musical moments ...

Henry Robinett Quartet | Then Again

April 1, 2021 / No Comments / Tags: Chris Symer, Henry Robinett, Joe Gilman, Michael Stephans

Then Again from the Henry Robinett is a substantive follow-up to his previous recording. This effort finds the guitarist and his quartet taking on a new menu of tunes made famous by some jazz luminaries. The set includes tunes by Jimmy Green, Cole Porter, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Jimmy Van ...