Category Archives: Album Reviews

Vocalist Freda Payne Comes Back to Jazz and Big Bands with Come Back To Me Love


“She had the Motown sound before Motown was Motown.” – NPR As iconic in 2014 for her timeless beauty and sex appeal as she is her artistic versatility as an all around entertainer, Ms. Freda Payne remains among music’s and

Tom Braxton – The Next Chapter

Tom-Braxton–The Next Chapter

It’s been awhile since we were treated to a CD from the personable and polished veteran saxman Tom Braxton, but the wait has paid off as he rolls out The Next Chapter, a bouncy energized set of originals and covers

Paul Brown – Truth B Told


Is anyone surprised that multi-talented Grammy-award winning guitarist/vocalist/producer/composer Paul Brown’s new release Truth B Told — to be released on July 29 –is chock full of smooth-as-silk and funky grooves that speak volumes about the artist – just as his

Amazonian songstress Dona Onete releases debut album – Feitiço Caboclo


Phenomenal debut album from the stunning and until now, undiscovered 73-year-old Amazonian songstress Dona Onete – the work of a lifetime on one CD on the great Mais Um Discos Label. A vibrant blend of Paraense folklore,carimbó, boi bumba, Caribbean

Sophie Alour – Shaker


For her fifth record, young French saxophonist Sophie Alour returns with a new formula, a beautiful trio album, with saxophone, organ, and drums. Is it because she played with Rhoda Scott? Or just because she likes the somewhat historical funky

Guitarist Rotem Sivan to Release his Second Album, For Emotional Use Only – Out September 2 on Fresh Sound New Talent


One of the most exciting young jazz performers on the New York scene, Rotem Sivan is developing at a fascinating rate. Hot on the heels of Sivan’s 2013 debut, Enchanted Sun (SteepleChase), comes the guitarist’s new album For Emotional Use

Janette Mason – D’RANGED


D’Ranged’ is the third studio album from the supremely talented pianist, arranger and composer, Janette Mason and includes guest vocalists David McAlmont, Claire Martin OBE, Gwyneth Herbert and Vula Malinga. A departure from her previous two, critically acclaimed, albums, which

Sylvie Courvoisier – Double Windsor

Sylvie-Courvoisier-Double Windsor

Sylvie Courvoisier, Drew Gress, Kenny Wollesen. Double Windsor * The Charlier Cut * Downward Dog * Pendulum * La Cigale * Inscordatura * Corto * Hedgehog in the Fog * The Beauty and the Beast Sylvie Courvoisier steps out with

Vocalist VENISSA SANTI Pays Homage to Billie Holiday with Eclectic Interpretations on Big Stuff: Afro-Cuban Holiday


Just what is so special about the vocalastics of Venissa Santi – just what is so singularly unique – is so eminently clear on Big Stuff: Afro-Cuban Holiday, the brilliantly innovative follow-up to her 2009 Sunnyside Records debut, Bienvenida. If

Kim Waters – Silver Soul


The romance continues: urban-jazz saxophonist Kim Waters will mark his 25th year with the release of “Silver Soul” on September 2 The first single, “Dreaming Of You,” is the No. 2 most added radio track this week. New York City