My latest review for RootsWorld online magazine is of the third studio album by oudist Ahmad Al Kathib and percussionist Youssef Hbeisc, known together as duo Sabîl. Fans of Anouar Brahem are sure to find much to admire. Click the cover to read my full review and listen to samples.
My latest review for RootsWorld online magazine is of Norwegian singer Solveig Slettahjell’s Poetisk Tale. Slettahjell has collaborated with many ECM regulars, including Tord Gustavsen, Nils Økland, and Jon Balke, and on this album is backed by guitarist Eivind Aarset, the Vertavo String Quartet, percussionist Helge Norbakken, and keyboardist-arranger Kjetil Bjerkestrand. A must-listen for fans of anyone involved. Click the cover to read my full review and listen to samples.
My latest review for RootsWorld online magazine is of Songs in the Mist, an album of Iranian song performed by women normally banned from singing solo in their own country. Click on the cover to discover.
Another recent review for DownBeat, this one marking the recording debut of the phenomenal “Doublebass Doublevoice” project, which features bassist Steve Whipple along with vocalists Nancy Harms and Emily Braden. Click the cover below to read on.
My latest review for DownBeat is of Gabrielle Stravelli’s third album, Dream Ago. A reall stunner, and worth the time of any jazz vocal lover. Click the cover to read on.
A recent review of mine for All About Jazz is of bandoneon virtuoso Gianni Iorio and pianist Pasquale Stafano’s exciting duo album, Nocturno. Fans of Dino Saluzzi and Stefano Bollani: take note! Click the cover to read on.
My latest review for All About Jazz is of vocalist Sara Bielanski’s debut album, From the Heart. A must for jazz vocal lovers, this one is fresh and as honest as they come. Click the cover to discover!
Today’s All About Jazz review is brought to you by the phenomenal Leandro Cabral Trio from Brazil. Released last year on the Novodisc label, Alfa is a worthwhile contender against any of ECM’s finest trio recordings of recent years and is a must for Keith Jarrett fans. What a wonderful surprise, pristinely recorded and performed. Click the cover to discover!
Another review for All About Jazz, this time of the latest album from guitarist David Wright’s Phonograph Team Project. Morph is a sophisticated and welcoming album that Pat Metheny fans should definitely check out. Click the cover below to read more.