Month: January 2018

Roy McGrath: Remembranzas

Tenor saxist Roy McGrath uses his rich tone to lead a post bop sextet through a collection of originals. The band has an Miles Davis ESP feel on the bluesy Latin “Burgos en Vida” with bassist Josep Kitt Lyels leading…

The Billy Lester Trio: Italy 2016

Pianist Billy Lester gets together with Marcello Testa/b and Nicola Stranieri/dr for some swinging originals on this recent album. He’s got a cozy tap on the ivories on “An Evening With Friends” and is stately on the pulsatingly uptown “Consolidation.”…

Reggie Young: Young Street

Paul John Jr/dr, Darwing Noguera/key and Andrew Swift/g along with a boatload of fun and funky guests. He shows his jazz bonafides along with Darwin Noguera/p and Bill Holloman/sax and James Cage/tp on a flowing take of John Coltrane’s “Naima,”…

Dimitar Liolev: Eastern Shadows

Alto saxist Dimitar Liolev leads a free flowing pianoless quartet with martin Tashev/tp-fh, Massimiliano Rolff/b and Dimitar/dr through a collection of homegrown originals. The team shows it’s frisky side on the loose and left sided “Four Talkers” and the frisky…

Kathy Kosins: Uncovered Soul

In the past, vocalist Kathy Kosins has delivered albums ranging from 50s vo-cool to modern soul. This time around, she teams with producer Kamau Kenyatta and sounds like she was dropped into a 70s Soultrain session. The team of Mitch…