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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joe DeRose and Amici: Peace Streets

Read "Peace Streets" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Joe DeRose and guitarist Hristo Vitchev seem to be attached at the hip. DeRose was an important presence on Vitchev's Songs For Messambria (First Orbit Sounds, 2009) and The Perperikon Suite (First Orbit Sounds, 2011), and the guitarist is a fixture in this band. Bassist Dan Robbins also appears with both leaders, raising the odds ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

The Acoustic and the Electric: Hristo Vitchev and Joe DeRose

Read "The Acoustic and the Electric:  Hristo Vitchev and Joe DeRose" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Bay area guitarist Hristo Vitchev is a prolific and consummate musician. Capable of both deeply introspective lyricism and electrifyingly gregarious fervor, Vitchev, nevertheless, maintains his individuality and hi, easily recognizable, impressionistic style in all of his diverse engagements. Two records released in 2013 superbly showcase his adroitness in and adaptability to various musical situations.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wayne Wallace: Latin Jazz Jazz Latin

Read "Latin Jazz Jazz Latin" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Trombonist Wayne Wallace and his Latin Jazz Ensemble have a well-oiled record-making machine that seems incapable of turning out a subpar album.

Therein lies the mystery. The ingredients that Wallace and his bandmates pour into the machine are eminently predictable--a studiously well-sampled array of Latin rhythms, didactically specified in the liner notes; a mixture of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ellen Robinson: Don't Wait Too Long

Read "Don't Wait Too Long" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Bay-Area vocalist Ellen Robinson is a study in jazz grace and elegance. Rather than a bright and shiny repertoire of specialized training (of which there is nothing wrong), Robinson sports a music education degree from Manhattanville college with a major in piano, and rides an experiential arc in to the heart of the Great American Songbook. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kat Parra: Las Aventuras de Pasion!

Read "Las Aventuras de Pasion!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Kat Parra's voice may be the ultimate manifestation of the entire Latin music diaspora. While countless singers dabble in bossa nova or wander far and wide atop Afro-Cuban grooves, few people tackle the scope of music that Parra takes on. Engaging the totality of the entire Latin spectrum is no easy feat, but she seems willing ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Grammy-Nominated Trombonist, Composer and Arranger Wayne Wallace Performs Throughout California

Grammy-Nominated Trombonist, Composer and Arranger Wayne Wallace Performs Throughout California

August 12—October 22 Appearances in San Jose, Redwood City, San Diego, San Francisco, Berkeley, San Mateo, and Oakland Recent CD To Hear From There Earned 4 Stars in DownBeat and International Acclaim "An accomplished arranger, educator, and composer." —Maria Hinojosa, Latino USA "No matter what or where he plays, Wallace brings not just musicianship but also that rare quality ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: To Hear From There

Read "To Hear From There" reviewed by Bridget A. Arnwine

Trombonist/composer Wayne Wallace and his music could probably be characterized by any number of clichéd phrases, but why use a cliché when the truth will do. The truth is that Wayne Wallace's To Hear From There is a far better record than its Grammy-nominated predecessor, ¡Bien Bien! (Patois, 2009), and that's saying a lot. Wallace's greatest ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: To Hear From There

Read "To Hear From There" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Trombonist Wayne Wallace is one of the most melodic players on his instrument. And although he might inhabit a somewhat narrow range--eschewing the very high register--he is also one of today's most expressive trombonists. His husky tone is one of a kind and gives his playing tremendous character. Moreover, he is one of the few players ...

NEWS: RECORDING

CD Release: Dave Le Febvre, From Soul To Soul

CD Release: Dave Le Febvre, From Soul To Soul

Dave Le Febvre's new CD release, From Soul to Soul, features original straight-ahead and Latin jazz compositions performed by his quintet. Dave performs on tenor saxophone and EWI with Jean Michel Huré on guitar, Murray Low on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass and Curt Moore on drums. From Soul to Soul may be purchased online through ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: To Hear From There

Read "To Hear From There" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Trombonist and composer Wayne Wallace knows how to have fun, and on the delightfully upbeat To Hear From There his Latin Jazz Quintet makes that fun leap out of the speakers. The group--Grammy-nominated for 2009's ¡Bien Bien! (Patois Records)--is energetic and exceptionally tight. Wallace leads this fine and funky band through a selection of tunes that ...