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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dan Weiss: Sixteen: Drummers Suite

Read "Sixteen: Drummers Suite" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Dan Weiss began his professional drumming career touring with the likes of saxophonists David Binney, Lee Konitz, Rudresh Mahantthapa, among others. Weiss has also been studying tabla with Pandit Samir Chatterjee for two decades and has been named a top drummer in a number of prominent polls. Sixteen: Drummers Suite bears more than a passing resemblance ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Karrin Allyson: Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson sings Rodgers and Hammerstein

Read "Many a New Day:  Karrin Allyson sings Rodgers and Hammerstein" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Karrin Allyson projects always have all five points of the creative star pinned down: theme, repertoire, arrangement, sequencing, and support. Her recordings Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane (Concord, 2001), In Blue (Concord, 2002), Footprints (Concord, 2006), and 'Round Midnight (Concord, 2011) are all evidence of her unsurpassed musicianship and creative heart. Karrin Allyson's worst recording is still ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Amir ElSaffar: Crisis

Read "Crisis" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Chicago area native, Amir ElSaffar has been working inside and outside the typical context of jazz since his Two Rivers Ensemble debut, Two Rivers (PI Recordings, 2007). The trumpeter and composer (and master santour player) has built a unique musical architecture based his study of the microtonal techniques of his ancestral Iraqi maqam. While ElSaffar was ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Singer-Songwriter Brian Dolzani Evokes Early Neil Young, Jules Shear, Freedy Johnston On Stunning New CD "If I Don't Speak A Word"

With Vocals That Evoke Early Neil Young, and Stinging, Intimate Lyrics, Singer-Songwriter Brian Dolzani Crafts a Relationship Album For Those Who’ve Lost Their Voice Along the Way Addressing the Question “What Might Happen if I Keep Quiet”, and the Dissatisfied Life That May Follow Singer-songwriter Brian Dolzani crafts an impressive, intimate collection of personal stories on his new CD ‘If I Don’t ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Singer Amanda Brecker Pays Homage To Carole King & James Taylor, Commemorates 40th Anniversary Of "Tapestry", With 2/26 Decca CD "Blossom", Produced By Jesse Harris

Singer-songwriter Amanda Brecker pays homage to Carole King and James Taylor, and commemorates the 40th anniversary of ‘Tapestry’, with her beautiful new CD ‘Blossom’, produced by Grammy winner Jesse Harris (Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, more,) and featuring musicians from the original ‘Tapestry’ recordings. The 12 song collection, set for a February 26th North American release on Decca, is a breath of ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Steve Wilson Returns To The Village Vanguard, December 4-9, Joined By Pianist Renee Rosnes And Bassist Peter Washington

Steve Wilson Returns To The Village Vanguard, December 4-9, Joined By Pianist Renee Rosnes And Bassist Peter Washington

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Steve Wilson will headline a week at the legendary Village Vanguard in New York City, December 4th through 9th, 2012. Wilson will be joined by pianist Renee Rosnes and by bassist Peter Washington. The collaborative, co-led trio first performed together at Kitano in NYC, a two-night sold-out visit which Wilson fondly recalls as “one of the best ...

NEWS: EVENT

Rachael Sage Hand-picked By Judy Collins For High-profile Nyc Concert At Cafe Carlyle On 9/22

The Legendary Collins Praises Sage as “A Marvelous Young Artist” Indie singer/songwriter/producer Rachael Sage is honored to have caught the eye of one of music’s legendary artists, Judy Collins. Collins has hand-picked Sage to perform at New York’s renowned Cafe Carlyle, on September 22nd. The 10:45pm show by Sage will be a stand-alone concert following Collins’ residency performance, which will ...

NEWS: EVENT

Legendary "Secret Agent Man" Johnny Rivers Sets First NYC Concert In 25 Years, 9/28 At B.B. King's

Legendary ‘Secret Agent Man’ Johnny Rivers Plans First New York Concert in 25 Years, as Hi-Fidelity Music Presents: JOHNNY RIVERS Comes Home - “A 70th Birthday Celebration" B.B. King Blues Club & Grill September 28, 2012 Backed By An All-Star Band featuring JIMMY VIVINO, WILL LEE + RICH PAGANO from THE FAB FAUX The legendary “Secret Agent Man" Johnny Rivers has ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Four-time Grammy Nominee Karrin Allyson Sets New U.S. Tour Dates, Including Multiple Nights In Los Angeles, San Francisco

Four-time Grammy Nominee Karrin Allyson Sets New U.S. Tour Dates, Including Multiple Nights In Los Angeles, San Francisco

Four-Time Grammy Nominee Karrin Allyson Sets New U.S. Tour Dates, Including Multiple Nights in Los Angeles, San Francisco NY Times’ Stephen Holden: “Her show, whose selections change with every set, is a celebration of a 13-album career that is one of the most stable in jazz. She has an easy mastery of bebop, bossa nova, chanson and soft rock, to ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz / Rock Drummer Aaron Comess Preps Sextet Concert For July 11th At Smoke Jazz In New York City

A Straight-Up Jazz Show, With a Focus on Material From the 1960s Respected jazz & rock drummer/multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer Aaron Comess has confirmed a July 11th sextet concert at Smoke Jazz in New York City. Comess has long ties to jazz, and has played with such greats as Roy Hargrove, Brad Meldau, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Roswell Rudd, Arnie Lawrence, Deanna Kirk and ...