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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dennis Angel: On Track

Read "On Track" reviewed by Edward Blanco

New York flugelhornist and composer Dennis Angel presents a collection of funk, Latin-tinged and contemporary jazz sounds in a musical package of smooth-styled jazz featuring pianist of note Kenny Barron on the light and savvy On Track. A lawyer by profession with a New York City suburban law firm, Angel delivers his third album as leader ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Amanda Ruzza & Mauricio Zottarelli: Glasses, No Glasses

Read "Glasses, No Glasses" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Those familiar with Amanda Ruzza's debut solo This Is What Happened (2012, Pimenta Music) will find no similarities between that project and this collaboration with fellow Brazilian drummer Mauricio Zottarelli. While that first disc went into more of a samba-jazz direction, this one could be classified as an electronic jazz album with funk-blues tendencies. Playing in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Shirazette Tinnin: Humility: Purity of My Soul

Read "Humility: Purity of My Soul" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Drummer Shirazette Tinnin's debut album Humility: Purity of My Soul is a solid and inventive soul-jazz date that showcases several facets of her talent. In addition to Tinnin's passionate yet subtle and sophisticated handling of her kit the disc demonstrates her compositional creativity and her deft leadership.

Tinnin's boldly visceral beats create the stimulating ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Baritone Saxophone Artist, B.J. Jansen Interviewed On WHCR 90.3FM "The Voice Of Harlem"

Baritone Saxophone Artist, B.J. Jansen Interviewed On WHCR 90.3FM "The Voice Of Harlem"

Baritone Saxophone Artist, B.J. Jansen was interviewed on WHCR 90.3FM “The Voice of Harlem", January 5th, 2014 by Lamon Fenner on Lamon's Jazz Break @ 8. Jansen discusses his first new release in nearly two years, a new quartet album entitled, RONIN. He talks with Lamon about the deeper and more philosophical aspects of his new release, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Baritone Saxophonist, B.J. Jansen Releases, "Ronin, The Masterless Samurai"

Baritone Saxophonist, B.J. Jansen Releases, "Ronin, The Masterless Samurai"

His first new release in nearly two years, B.J. Jansen returns with a new quartet album Ronin. Ronin hits the streets March 4th, 2014 and features; Mamiko Watanabe on piano, Mike Boone on bass, Amanda Ruzza on bass, Chris Beck on drums and Dorota Piotrowska on drums. During the feudal period in Japan (1185-1868), a Ronin was ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2012

Read "R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2012" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

A ton of fine music came out in 2012, like most years, making these year-end lists very difficult. A lot we don't get to hear, so that limits some. For example, I've not yet heard the 2012 disks of drummer Jack DeJohnette, trumpeter Christian Scott or guitarist John McLaughlin and the Fourth Dimension. Having seen each ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Amanda Ruzza Band: New York, NY, November 8, 2012

Read "Amanda Ruzza Band: New York, NY, November 8, 2012" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Amanda Ruzza Band
Zinc Bar
New York, NY
November 8, 2012

Brazilian-born bassist Amanda Ruzza took the stage at Greenwich Village's Zinc Bar, backed by a solid band--drummer Mauricio Zotarelli, electric guitarist Alex Nolan, pianist Mamiko Watanabe, trombonist Chris Stover and tenor/soprano saxophonist Ben Flocks--about which the bandleader jokingly referred as “a nice band with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Amanda Ruzza: This Is What Happened

Read "This Is What Happened" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Brazilian-born Amanda Ruzza began playing bass guitar when she was 12 years old, developing a mastery for the instrument, moving to New York City and, since then, playing a variety of styles of music with such groups as Global Noize and the Chris Stover's Caetano Veloso Project. This Is What Happened is the young artist's debut, ...

Bassist Amanda Ruzza CD Release Performance, Zinc Bar, NYC, May 22, 2012

Bassist Amanda Ruzza CD Release Performance, Zinc Bar, NYC, May 22, 2012

Electric bassist, Brazilian musical artist and composer Amanda Ruzza (http://www.AmandaRuzza.com) celebrates her new CD release, This is What Happened with a CD release party on Tuesday May 22, 2012, and performances at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM, at the Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street (between Thompson & Sullivan), New York City. The multi-lingual, Brazilian Native, a virtuoso electric bassist, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bassist/Composer Amanda Ruzza Releases Recording "This is What Happened"

Bassist/Composer Amanda Ruzza Releases Recording "This is What Happened"

The debut release from bassist/composer Amanda Ruzza titled This is What Happened explores the incredible dynamics and musicianship of this young phenom of the bass guitar. Amanda has performed with many in the industry, and has now brought her own amazing playing and compositional skills to the public. Joined by some of the music world's top ...