There is a serious big band push to Strength in Numbers, the new disc from the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra. The Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, trombonist, and vocalist fronts an impressive group of New York players and sinks every ounce of his creative impulse into the material
Singer Barb Jungr is enjoying herself lately. With trips, tours and events, she is kept very busy. One important reason is she is in possession of something a lot of people want: her voice.
Barb Jungr has a powerful tool in the box — and that is her voice. Combine this with the powerful songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, and a group of good musicians, and you have something which has the potential to blow your mind
If there’s a real-world sensibility to this record, a firm grasp on the passion it takes to withstand hard times, you can credit Jim Grant’s resume as a working man. If there’s a remarkable eloquence to his phrasing, look to this Chicago vocalist’s time at the Bloom School of Jazz.
Nikki Lerner’s Longings isn’t the sad embrace its title seems to indicate. Instead, it’s a journey of understanding, an attempt to make sense of this life’s unknowable complexities — with all of the small triumphs, the sudden pitfalls and the ardent moments associated with such things.
Father and daughter unite to make beautiful music on Better Than Anything, the lovely new release from vocalist Rebecca DuMaine and the Dave Miller Trio.
Pianist and arranger David Ian has already proven his mastery of Christmas with two recordings for the holidays, so it perhaps stands to reason that he’d focus his lens elsewhere. Valentine’s Day is just the ticket, another day marked by love.
Beth Hart has crafted a reputation for scalding, Joplin-esque barnburners. But “Baddest Blues” is nothing like that.
Perhaps the most captivating out of many captivating things found on Taeko Fukao’s Wonderland is the choices the Japanese-born, New York-based songstress makes.
Some Christmas songs, you don’t mess with. It’s perfectly fine to take “Winter Wonderland” at an unusually contemplative pace, and to update “Let It Snow” with a B-3. But Karrin Allyson plays it straight — as she must — with Charlie Brown.