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Oscar Feldman: Gol

Read "Gol" reviewed by James Nadal

Don't let the paucity of recordings from saxophonist Oscar Feldman fool you. It appears he has been woodshedding, assembling a new band of compatible musicians, and is now ready to step back into the spotlight. After his hiatus, quietly working on other projects, Feldman presents Gol, an eclectic blend of music covering the sounds of South ...

Jazz Quanta April – Five Women I: Lina Orfanos, Wendy Pedersen, Joyce Moreno, Letizia Gambi, and Mala Waldron

Read "Jazz Quanta April – Five Women I:  Lina Orfanos, Wendy Pedersen, Joyce Moreno, Letizia Gambi, and Mala Waldron" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

April Showers Bring May Flowers and it's raining.... Women singers...yes it is.

Lina Orfanos
Essentially Ella
Babinis Productions
2016

Ella Fitzgerald is HOT, HOT HOT!. And if Jane Monheit's The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald (Emerald City Records, 2016) was just the beginning, then Lina Orfanos' Essentially ...

Letizia Gambi: Blue Monday

Read "Blue Monday" reviewed by James Nadal

As the world continues to shrink--musically speaking of course--the melding of American jazz with Mediterranean melody is another spin cycle that makes appreciation of this evolving art form so interesting. With high expectations, Neapolitan vocalist Letizia Gambi, which hails from a theatrical family, and has extensive jazz education, releases Blue Monday, an exuberant and ambitious production ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Letizia Gambi's "Blue Monday" - Produced By Lenny White

Letizia Gambi's "Blue Monday" - Produced By Lenny White

Letizia Gambi: Blue Monday (ArtistShare)
Produced by Lenny White with Special Guest Ron Carter Release Date: February 12, 2016 Musicians: Lenny White: Drums; Helen Sung, Donald Vega: Piano; Gil Goldstein: Accordion; Ron Carter, John Benitez, Daryl Johns: Bass; Jisoo Ok: Cello; Hector Del Curto: Bandoneon; Pete Levin: Keyboards; Dave Stryker, Nick Moroch, Tom Guarna: Guitar; ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

"Essentially Ella" Lina Orfanos New Release At Metropolitan Room December 6, 13 & 26

"Essentially Ella" Lina Orfanos New Release At Metropolitan Room December 6, 13 & 26

Lina Orfanos's Essentially Ella out on December 12 Metropolitan Room Performances
December 6, December 13 and December 26 Featuring: John Benitez, Essiet Essiet, Spiros Exaras & More! About Essentially Ella The sublime new CD by Lina Orfanos and her jny: New York City Jazz crew hits the streets on December 12! An exciting homage to The First Lady of ...

Gian-Carla Tisera: Nora La Bella

Read "Nora La Bella" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Gian-Carla Tisera was raised in Bolivia and completed her Masters in Opera Performance at the University of Southern California. In 2004, she recorded Bolivian Baroque with Florilegium early music ensemble under the Dutch label Channel Classics and has toured with Florilegium throughout Europe, Bolivia, Turkey, Singapore and the United States. In 2012 Tisera produced and recorded ...

Rafael Rosa: Portrait

Read "Rafael Rosa: Portrait" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In jazz terms Puerto Rico has certainly punched above its weight, producing Juan Tizol--a mainstay of Duke Ellington's bands in the 1930s and 1940s, Eddie Gomez and Manolo Badrena--who came to prominence in the 1960s/1970s through their respective associations with pianist Bill Evans and Weather Report--and latterly David Sanchez. Lesser known--though perhaps that's soon to change--is ...

Tyrone Birkett | Emancipation: Post Modern Spirituals: The Promised Land

Read "Post Modern Spirituals: The Promised Land" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist and composer Tyrone Birkett's early output, particularly his In the Fullness of Time (Convergence Records, 2006) was dangerously close to the over-sentimental, syrupy and innocuous sounds of (gasp!) smooth jazz. What kept the record from falling over into that, much maligned, genre was Birkett's superlative improvisational chops and his robust devotional sense. On his sophomore ...

Take Five With Billy Carrion Jr.

Read "Take Five With Billy Carrion Jr." reviewed by Billy Carrion Jr

Meet Billy Carrion Jr:
I've been around music since I was in my mother's womb. My dad-- singer, Billy Carrion Sr. --would play sounds of Batacumbele through headphones over my mom's belly. My first saxophone experience came at nine. After being taught to read and write, I started my musical journey. At 16, I was ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express: Expectativas

Read "Expectativas" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A follow up to pianist Manuel Valera's 2013 Grammy--nominated New Cuban Express, his seventh album as leader, Expectativas continues the melding of Afro-Cuban rhythms with the modern fusion jazz sound fusing the two into a new form of jazz best described as “modern Latin fusion." Consisting of eleven originals and one cover, the project is a ...


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