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Michael William Gilbert: Radio Omnibus

Read "Radio Omnibus" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Much electronic music seems to fall into three distinct categories: 1) droning angst, dredged from the primordial soup, given a beat to get tribal to; 2) wash upon wave upon wash of textured android spirituality; 3) hugely unlistenable, period. But Michael William Gilbert's Radio Omnibus has a humor to it, and where humor is, lies a ...

Hughes Smith Quintet: Motion

Read "Motion" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Detroit's Hughes/Smith Quintet keeps the hard bop flame burning in this follow up to Ever Up & Onward (Self Produced, 2015). The album shares the same personnel--this has been a working band since 2013, and they sound like it--and the same positive energy. The program is all originals this time.

Trumpeter Jimmy Smith's “The ...

Andrew Gould: First Things First

Read "First Things First" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Free-wheeling and forward-thinking, young, native-New Yorker and one-time performer at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Andrew Gould makes his living on alto and soprano sax, but he blows wild like many a tenor-man before him, including his inspirations Joe Henderson and John Coltrane.

On First Things First, his broad and confident debut, high-wattage rules ...

James Weidman: Spiritual Impressions

Read "Spiritual Impressions" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There is a long tradition of using traditional African-American spirituals as a basis for jazz explorations, but that is rarely done in one session with the breadth of approaches James Weidman uses on Spiritual Impressions. From the loping reggae beat on “Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel" to the New Orleans rumba rhythm on “No Hiding Place," ...

Andrew Gould: First Things First

Read "First Things First" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There are many realities to the jazz scene in New York. If you check out the marquee listings at the swankiest clubs, you'll see certain names pop up again and again for a short run here or there. These men and women are most certainly an important part of the mix and draw, having paid their ...

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The Diva Jazz Orchestra: 25th Anniversary Project

Read "25th Anniversary Project" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The Diva Orchestra, with its vibrant sound and stellar soloists, is one of the premier large ensembles in jazz today. It also happens to be one of the few made up entirely of women. Therefore, it is both a creative hot bed for talented musicians and a forum for female instrumentalists, who remain sorely underexposed, to ...

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Phil DeGreg: Queen City Blues

Read "Queen City Blues" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Jaunty recordings like pianist Phil DeGreg's latest Queen City Blue are what we all need from time to time to just kick back and catch our breath for a few minutes or drive from here to there without all the pressing needs, traffic roadblocks, and political wrong-headedness closing in. No grand statements, no big names. Just ...

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Andy Adamson Quintet: First Light

Read "First Light" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Self-taught keyboardist/composer Andy Adamson hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has been active in Ann Arbor and Detroit for over fifty years, playing many styles of music: Cuban folk music with Melodioso, jump blues with Dick Siegel & His Ministers of Melody, funk with Norma Jean Bell and the All Stars, rhythm and blues with the ...

3Divas: 3Divas

Read "3Divas" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra has been around for some years but this is a first time recording for its current rhythm section, Jackie Warren on piano, Amy Shook on bass and DIVA's founder and leader, Sherrie Maricle on drums.

The immediate impression from this CD is that these women have a great time playing ...

Troy Roberts: Tales & Tones

Read "Tales & Tones" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Troy Roberts is a saxophonist from Australia who has made his way in America working with the likes of Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain" Watts and Joey DeFrancesco. On this CD he demonstrates a forceful saxophone sound married to original ideas in rhythm and tempo.

Roberts' plays deep, swooping sax mostly over tricky, pounding beats set ...