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William Flynn: The Songbook Project

Read "The Songbook Project" reviewed by Don Phipps

The Songbook Project from guitarist William Flynn provides jazz enthusiasts with great arrangements of some top-flight songs from the popular music catalog. On this album, one can hear jazz versions of music by the Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, and Jewel.

The musicians all add color to the music. “Tonight Tonight" opens ...


A Sense of Place

Read "A Sense of Place" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Music itself may be universal, but the circumstances of its birthplace (or places) so often aren't. Overt or otherwise, it can be fascinating how those factors don't just shape a recording, but become vital elements in themselves.


There's no place like home ...

Darden Purcell: Easy Living

Read "Easy Living" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Working backwards, I discovered DC-area jazz vocalist and educator Darden Purcell with her second recording, Where the Blue Begins (Armored Records, 2016). It was an impressive recital with the nominal theme of twilight winding through its repertoire. While less thematically focused, Easy Living remains a well programmed set of eleven standards, “My Funny Valentine" thankfully not ...

Darden Purcell: Where the Blue Begins

Read "Where the Blue Begins" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dr. Darden Purcell waited eight years to record Where the Blue Begins as a follow up to her debut recording Easy Living (Armored Records, 2009). The Dr. part? Yes, well Dr. Darden is the Director of Jazz Studies, Jazz Voice at George Mason University, and holds a doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz. Her bona fides ...

Hajime Yoshida: Unlimitation

Read "Unlimitation" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As interest in jazz continues to wane in the land of its birth it remains strong elsewhere, especially in Japan, where jazz of all stripes is welcomed with open arms. Although guitarist Hajime Yoshida hails from Ichikawa, Japan, and nurtured his love for the music while there, he presently resides in Brooklyn, NY, of all places, ...

Tyler Mire Big Band: Enter the Atmosph-Mire

Read "Enter the Atmosph-Mire" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Originally televised back in the black-and-white 1960s, Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone broadcast an episode--now classic--in which miniature alien spacemen land and terrorize a woman who is frightfully alone in her farmhouse. The cover art depicting happy little “musician-nauts" walking in space notwithstanding, Enter the Atmosph-Mire does no terrorizing. It does, however, shoot for, hit, and ...


Axel's Axiom: Uncommon Sense

Read "Uncommon Sense" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Since graduating from Boston's Berklee College of Music in 2004, German-born pianist Axel Schwintzer has kept busy teaching, playing throughout New England, performing at the prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and playing various venues in the New York City area since relocating there in 2007. Axel's Axiom may not be familiar ...


Michel Reis: Point of No Return

Read "Point of No Return" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Un pianista che è un portento. 28 anni, da Lussemburgo a New York ha bruciato tutte le tappe di una carriera che si fa sempre più luminosa. Al terzo disco, dopo A Young Mind e Fairytale, il pianista mette subito in chiaro che non è certo qui di passaggio. Lo dimostra subito con “The Power of Beauty". L'ostinato ...

Michel Reis: Point Of No Return

Read "Point Of No Return" reviewed by Wilbert Sostre

The trio on Michel Reis' Point Of No Return is a testament to the international character of jazz music, especially in the 21th century. A pianist/composer from Luxemburg, Reis studied jazz performance and composition at Berklee College of Music. Adam Cruz is a Latin American drummer, born in New York, whose experience includes playing with Chick ...

Michel Reis: Point of No Return

Read "Point of No Return" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

With Point of No Return, pianist Michel Reis--born in Luxembourg and now New York-based after formal education at Berklee School of Music and the New England Conservatory--has recorded an album of atmospheric, often somber, and consistently beautiful music. The twenty-something musician avoids the trap into which so many budding artists fall: that of mixing styles and ...