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Free Radicals: Outside The Comfort Zone

Read "Outside The Comfort Zone" reviewed by Roger Farbey

In their publicity blurb, Houston-based Free Radicals describe themselves as “a horn-driven instrumental dance band with a commitment to peace and justice." In 1998, the Radicals' debut album The Rising Tide Sinks All warned against George W. Bush's Iraq war four years before it began. 21 years on, and with Outside The Comfort Zone, the band ...

Igor Willcox: # 1

Read "# 1" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Brazilian drummer Igor Willcox offers a little something for everyone on this nine-track debut album. Fans of fusion and jazz- funk in particular will appreciate Willcox's hard-driving, relentless style, and with some tasteful contributions from his colleagues, it's an auspicious outing from this versatile drummer and songwriter.

Willcox clearly enjoys working with keyboardists, as ...

Guitars on Three Continents

Read "Guitars on Three Continents" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Gonzalo Esteybar
One Look
River Flow Records
2017

Even when you can glean a lot from a first glance, it still usually means just scratching the surface. Gonzalo Esteybar knows his way around the instrument enough to have studied in Robert Fripp's Guitar Circle and repeatedly toured with its ...

WVC: Do Not Go Gently

Read "Do Not Go Gently" reviewed by Ian Patterson

WVC has, over the course of five albums, earned a reputation as one of the finest jazz ensembles in Malaysia, since it was founded by pianist/composer Tay Cher Siang in 2006. Since Waiting For That Day (Self Produced, 2014), WVC has been busy; a twenty-three date, nineteen-city tour of China, Macua and Thailand was followed by ...

Orbital Quintet: Vol. 1

Read "Vol. 1" reviewed by Troy Dostert

On its debut album, the Northern California-based Orbital Quintet offers eight intriguing tracks that avoid the clichés of standard blowing sessions, embracing instead the more subtle pleasures of mood and texture. With four compositions by guitarist David Wright, one each by bassist Benjamin Lee and trumpeter John Harrington, and a couple of freely improvised pieces, there's ...

Maria Grand: Tetrawind

Read "Tetrawind" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Throughout the history of jazz there has always seem to be two camps, one camp maintains a discriminatory dividing line between vocalists and instrumentalists. Vocalist are not always viewed as equals with instrumentalist. Unfortunately, vocalists are stigmatized as not possessing the same time sense, improvisatory skills, and instrument control. However, this has thankfully been changing as ...

Larry Wilson: No Secrets No Lies

Read "No Secrets No Lies" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Larry Wilson is a native of Cleveland, Ohio but was raised Jacksonville, Florida. He began his love affair with music at the tender age of three playing the drums in church. Unless you are fortunate enough to already know about Wilson, you'd never guess he is a young man that has just released his debut album, ...

Five Women (plus Two) – MJ Territo, Laura Campisi, Mari Nobre, Janet Lawson, Dominique Eade, Jocelyn Medina, Katie Thiroux

Read "Five Women (plus Two) – MJ Territo, Laura Campisi, Mari Nobre, Janet Lawson, Dominique Eade, Jocelyn Medina, Katie Thiroux" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

MJ Territo
Ladies Day
Jolly Molly Records
2017

Vocalist Mj Territo celebrates all things women on her ambitious and overdue Ladies Day. Territo noted the number of compositions that she loved were written by women. So, taking that fact and assembling an all-women's band, Territo creates the trifecta of celebration. The ...

Guy Mintus Trio: A Home In Between

Read "A Home In Between" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although he's only 25, pianist Guy Mintus has already forged a musical vision well beyond his years. And he's got sensational chops to match it, as A Home In Between makes clear. It's an outstanding piano trio disc, with a compelling hybrid of styles that includes bop, classical and Israeli and Eastern European folk influences. There ...

Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana

Read "Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana" reviewed by James Nadal

The multifarious talents which are the essence of extraordinary vocalist Queen Esther's identity, encompass the complete spectrum of music from rural southern blues and inner city jazz, to her innovative version of Black Americana. Born and raised in the Deep South, she was a prodigious child whose creativity was recognized early in life. After a successful ...


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