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Entries from June 2017

The New Vision Sax Ensemble: Musical Journey Through Time

Hailing from South Florida, this enterprising quartet was instigated by baritonist Melton R. Mustafa in 1999.

Date: Jun 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

: Gentle Giants

Surrounded by top-shelf support, pianist Tal Cohen makes a significant statement on Gentle Giants, his second album as a leader. Not content merely to demonstrate his formidable technique, he brings a unique compositional vision to his craft, pulling from his early exposure to Jewish folk music… [ read more ]

Date: Jun 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Mark Winkler: The Company I Keep

The Beatles had it right when they noted that we get by with a little help from our friends. It’s a fact that vocalist Mark Winkler can surely testify to. In the wake of losing his husband, Winkler found the comfort and strength he needed through the company he keeps and in the music that feeds his..

Date: Jun 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Rahul Mukerji: Ma De Re Sha

From the first glance at his debut album, m: Rahul Mukerji makes clear that one of his chief qualities is an open mind. The cover reflects both sides of his background (born in India and now based in the eastern US) and the music within follows suit. His expressive guitar playing throug..

Date: Jun 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Samuel Eagles’ Spirit: Ask Seek Knock

Spirit is the brainchild of British alto saxophonist Samuel Eagles and should not be confused with the now defunct American rock band of that name featuring the late Randy California. Eagles is joined here by his brother and tenor saxophonist Duncan Eagles who leads his own burgeoning band Partikel…

Date: Jun 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

: Air and Light and Time and Space

For many years, Scandinavian jazz and improv have mixed and matched musicians with no great concern about their nationalities. While the music has maintained its high quality, most listeners have not been overly concerned with the players’ countries of birth. Now, as its name suggests Pan-Scan Ensem..

Date: Jun 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Dan Tepfer Trio: Eleven Cages

Pianist Dan Tepfer makes an excellent point here, reminding us that the concept of freedom is actually built on architectural stability. With Eleven Cages Tepfer has his Thomas Merton moment, likening the framework of each song to the walls of his newfound freedom. He recognizes and emphasizes the f..

Date: Jun 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews