Content by tag "Ike Sturm"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

David Bixler: In The Face Of Chaos

Read "In The Face Of Chaos" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In The Face Of Chaos marks a re-emergence, if not a complete artistic rebirth, for David Bixler. It serves as a true inspiration, drawing beauty from pain, and peace from personal struggle.

Life took an unexpected turn for the saxophonist's family when his youngest son suffered a traumatic brain injury a number of years ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrew Hartman: Compass

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New York-based jazz guitarist Andrew Hartman offers his second album as leader with the modern jazz-like Compass featuring nine originals and a newly-arranged rendition of the Paul Simon classic “America." The music is decidedly modern with a taste of the Brazilian and Indian musical influences. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Hartman moved to London, UK in 2011 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Calabria Foti: In the Still of the Night

Read "In the Still of the Night" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

With In the Still of the Night, vocalist Calabria Foti joins the ranks of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Oscar Peterson, and many others -vocalists and instrumentalists -who have dived deeply into the Cole Porter canon. It takes a very special talent to deftly probe the poetic and pithy romantic lingo that the Classic material offers. So, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark F. Turner's Best of 2015

Read "Mark F. Turner's Best of 2015" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The number of artists that continue to produce quality jazz is not slowing and that's a beautiful thing. It's becoming more difficult to differentiate between so many varied releases but here are few that stood out in 2015.

Kamasi Washington
The Epic
(Brainfeeder)

Straight-ahead, hard swinging ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ike Sturm + Evergreen: Shelter of Trees

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Bassist/composer Ike Sturm has served as Director of Music for the Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter's Church in Manhattan since 2004 and presents a love offering of jazz and sacred music in Shelter of Trees. The set is elevating yet soothing, centered yet diverse as Sturm's band: Evergreen, stretches the boundaries of what might be confined ...

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J.J. Wright: Inward Looking Outward

Read "Inward Looking Outward" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist J.J. Wright has catholic tastes in more ways than one. He's the Director of Music at Sacred Heart Parish, the crypt church beneath the University of Notre Dame's Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and his musical interests range far and wide; Wright's inspired and influenced by everything from the music of J.S. Bach to the ...

NEWS: RADIO

Eastman School Of Music Jazz Concerts Get Encores On WGMC

A weekly radio series featuring Eastman School of Music jazz performances through the years premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, on Jazz90.1 WGMC. Titled Jazz@Eastman: Past, Present, and Future, the programs will feature performances as well as works by Eastman faculty, students, and alumni. The series is a collaboration between Eastman and Jazz 90.1 and is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Eric Starr Group: Such Is Life

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Drummer Eric Starr is not a purist of any kind, in fact, he has always been interested in “genre bending" when it comes to his playing and draws equally from both jazz and rock drumming styles on this album. Along with brother Nelson--both third-generation musicians from Western New York--the duo created The Eric Starr Group (ESG) ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Eric Starr Group's "Such Is Life" Now Available

After a long hiatus, the Eric Starr Group is back with a brand new album entitled Such is Life. The album includes ten new tracks by Eric and features Nelson Starr on vocals, piano, and guitar, Iain Ballamy on tenor saxophone, Ike Sturm on bass, and Eric Starr on drums, vibes, and percussion. Also, special guests ETHEL (string ensemble) ...

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Seung-Hee: Sketches on the Sky

Read "Sketches on the Sky" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Brooklyn-based jazz vocalist Seung-Hee possesses the composure of a seasoned chanteuse while demonstrating broader qualities that contain refined arranging skills, classical training, and multilingual singing. The South Korean native represents a soulfully empathetic performer and a composer who's not afraid to take chances as witnessed in Sketches on the Sky, the follow up to 2009's memorable ...