Content by tag "Black Top"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Steve Williamson & Guildhall Jazz Orchestra: Celebrating Coltrane at Milton Court

Read "Steve Williamson & Guildhall Jazz Orchestra: Celebrating Coltrane at Milton Court" reviewed by Chris May

Steve Williamson / Guildhall Jazz Orchestra / Scott Stroman
Milton Court Concert Hall
Celebrating Coltrane
London
July 10, 2019

The word “legendary" is bandied around so indiscriminately these days that it has all but lost its meaning. London saxophonist Steve Williamson is among a tiny number ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Indigo Kid II: Fist Full Of Notes

Read "Fist Full Of Notes" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

At the risk of implying that the very selective UK-based Babel Label has gone “mainstream," they have--of late--issued a number of releases that certainly have a broader appeal. A homage to Bill Evans Postcard to Bill Evans (2015) and vocalist Emilia Mårtensson's fine Ana (2014), now share a catalog with cutting edge artists like pianist Alexander ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Black Top: No. 1

Read "No. 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

No. 1--the energetically contrapuntal debut album by the duo Black Top--is, in reality, a trio endeavor. UK based multi-instrumentalists Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas have been a frequent presence in the London club scene, sharing their live performances with a host of up and coming UK artists. Among them, saxophonist Steve Williamson is the most well ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rick "L.A. Holmes" Holmstrom: Lookout!

Read "Lookout!" reviewed by Ed Kopp

I went completely nuts over Rick Holmstrom's boogie-woogie version of “Sleigh Ride" on Black Top's Christmas compilation, so I finally went out and purchased his solo CD over the holidays. Man, am I glad I did! This is a rollicking instrumental album with a retro '50s feel. Lookout! is a completely infectious West Coast blues CD ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rusty Zinn: Confessin'

Read "Confessin'" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Rusty Zinn is a talented 29-year-old blues guitarist from San Francisco with a retro sound that combines West Coast and Chicago blues styles. Zinn's music jumps as much as it rocks, and the guitarist also tries his hand at gospel and doo-wop on Confessin', his second release for Black Top.

Much like fellow Golden Stater Rick ...