Some 14 years had passed between the release of trumpeter, composer and bandleader Pharez Whitted’s second album and the release of his third and latest, Transient Journey (Owl Studios), which became available at various retail outlets a couple weeks ago. Was it worth the wait? Is the record good? Yes, [...]Read more >>
In 1967, Frank Sinatra teamed up with Brazilian singer, pianist, guitarist, composer and songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim to record an album that married the Chairman’s signature vocals with rhythms from the master of bossa nova. The resulting album, Francis Albert Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim, reached No. 19, remaining on Billboard’s rock-dominated [...]Read more >>
Jim Guttmann’s debut CD, Bessarabian Breakdown (Kleztone Records), has been a long time coming. The 62-year-old bassist has been the anchor man of the renowned Klezmer Conservatory Band since its inception, and has played everything from klezmer to jazz to bluegrass to classical with a diverse array of musicians, including singers [...]Read more >>
Myron Walden departs from his usual jazz musings with the June release of the New York-based saxophonist’s latest project Countryfied (Demi Sound Records). The album, Walden says, is “down-home music — nod your head, tap your foot, say ‘Amen.’ From the first bar, we’re in the groove.” Countryfied is a [...]Read more >>
Abraham, Inc. — a band composed of clarinetist David Krakauer, hip-hop keyboardist and vocalist Socalled and trombonist Fred Wesley — has released its debut album, Tweet Tweet, on Krakauer’s new Table Pounding Records label. Basically the disc amounts to an extremely fun and funky klezmer-based dance party. According to Krakauer, [...]Read more >>
Whether it’s out-of-this-world improvisation or big-band music that moves you, the 33rd Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival embodies the spirit of jazz and will unite the City of Atlanta for 31 days of amazing music during the “31 Days of Jazz” this May. The month-long celebration culminates in Piedmont Park on [...]Read more >>
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