Category: Reviews

Monika Ryan: Windmills

Vocalist Monika Ryan tackles the songbook of Alan Bergman  on this wide ranging album with support from Keith Loftis/sax, Brad Goode/tp, Clark Gayton/tb, Nick Rolfe/key, David O’Rourke/g, Rene Hart/b and Alvester Garnett/dr. There is some Iberian guitar work as Ryan…

JU: Summa

The team of Adam Meszaros/g-perc, Erno Hock/b-perc an Andras Halmos/dr-perc claim to be a “Hungarian Power Trio” which was not found defined in Wikipedia. However, the team does do some head banging on the metallic “Mongrel Mangrove” and “My Heart…

Peter Campbell: Loving You

This album by vocalist Peter Campbell is subtitled “Celebrating Shirley Horn” and is sure to stump your friends on a blindfold test. Like Joe Pesci, Campbell has a breathy female-toned voice, and it works hauntingly well here in the varying…

Diego Barber: One Minute Later

Guitarist Diego Barber puts together a richly textured and thoughtful album with Alejandro Coello/mar-perc, Eric Harland/dr and Ben Williams/b. He shows his rich and gentle touch with solo work on a lovely nylon guitar piece “Elvira Maria” while a bass…

Bria Skonberg: With a Twist

With each successive, and successful album, Bria Skonberg becomes more and more the latest generation’s Diana Krall. Initially starting out as a “trad” trumpet player who sang a bit, Skonberg is turning into an impressive vocalist who now intermittently blows a…