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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Najee: Poetry in Motion

Read "Poetry in Motion" reviewed by Liz Goodwin

On Najee's 15th studio release, and fourth project for the Shanachie label, the Jamaica Queens, N.Y. native delivers an inviting, feel-good album on which he is joined by such diverse talents as pianist/keyboardist Bobby Lyle, multi-instrumentalist/producer/composer/arranger Barry Eastmond, multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer Jean-Paul “Bluey" Maunick, vocalists Will Downing, Maysa and Eric Roberson, and guitarist Blake Aaron.

The ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mindi Abair: Game Changer

Read "Mindi Abair: Game Changer" reviewed by Trish Richardson

You know a dream is like a river,
Ever changing as it flows.
And a dreamer's just a vessel,
That must follow where it goes.

--"The River," vocals by Garth Brooks, lyrics by Victoria Lynn Shaw

You know what it's like to wake up in ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Heartfelt Performances And “remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Fest

Heartfelt Performances And “remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Fest

By Sean McKenzie As I watched the amazing lineup of jazz royalty remembering the true legend, Joe Sample, I had never been so moved by such a fitting musical tribute. I remember it was only a little over a year ago that Wayne Henderson had been given his regal sendoff. And now, amongst other Sample fans, I experienced a healing ...

NEWS: EVENT

"Remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Festival

"Remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Festival

One of the featured attractions at this year’s Berks Jazz Festival (its 25th anniversary show) will be a special performance on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Reading, PA called “Remembering Joe Sample.” This special tribute to the world renowned pianist and composer who passed away last September was organized by musical director Bobby Lyle and ...

NEWS: EVENT

Kaylene Peoples & Bunny Brunel Dual CD Release, Featuring Patrice Rushen, Benefiting Bella Composers

Kaylene Peoples & Bunny Brunel Dual CD Release, Featuring Patrice Rushen, Benefiting Bella Composers

An exciting lineup of musicians will play for a worthy cause April 8, 2015 at Catalina Bar & Grill at 8:30pm. Famed fusion, Grammy nominated bassist Bunny Brunel and award-winner producer, singer and flutist Kaylene Peoples are celebrating the release of their respective CDs (Invent Your Future and My Man) to raise money for the exciting ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist Sam Rucker’s Messages Being True And Getting Through

Saxophonist Sam Rucker’s Messages Being True And Getting Through

“Tell You Something” earns praise as the single “Be True 2 Who U R” gains radio play Williamsburg, VA: Hip hop producer turned contemporary jazz sax evangelist Sam Rucker stands out from the bunch by preaching melodic messages of hope and inspiration on “Tell You Something,” his sophomore set that was released today by Favor Productions featuring ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Inspired Sax With A Hip-Hop Lean

Inspired Sax With A Hip-Hop Lean

Sam Rucker urges “Be True 2 Who U R” ahead of the June 3 release of “Tell You Something” Williamsburg, Virginia: Hip-hop producer turned contemporary jazz saxophonist Sam Rucker has something to say. Blending jazz, hip-hop, soul and gospel, he communicates through inspirational instrumentals that meaningfully resonate with listeners. Nearly three years in the making, his sophomore ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bobby Lyle: The Way I Feel

Read "The Way I Feel" reviewed by Chris Becker

Pianist and composer Bobby Lyle's first encounter with the great Hammond B-3 player Jimmy Smith was in a Minneapolis nightclub called Big Al's, where the then-teenaged Lyle performed as the “local talent" on the downstairs stage. Upstairs, Smith was playing as the headliner and Lyle, after finishing his set as quickly as possible, raced upstairs to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Alexander: Touching

Read "Touching" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander has chosen an intriguing title for his latest recording on HighNote Records, as Touching can not only be used as a verb or an adjective, whose meanings differ widely, but in this case is also a blues (by pianist Bobby Lyle), the opening salvo in an album of ballads and blues that ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drew Davidsen's Guitar Leads The Way On His Journey To Self-Diiscovery

Drew Davidsen's Guitar Leads The Way On His Journey To Self-Diiscovery

“TRUE DREW” garners praise from his idol and reviewers as the first single climbs the charts Towson, MD: An intimate musical portrait depicting the life and loves of a jazz man and his guitar, “TRUE DREW,” the fifth album from Drew Davidsen, was released today by Oznot Records and drew praise from Davidsen’s idol, contemporary jazz legend ...