Reviews


Christian Scott “Live at Newport”

Christian Scott, the rising voice of jazz trumpet today, has released his first live album and DVD, “Live at Newport”. The 2-disc set showcases Scott and his band performing in their element, live at the JVC Jazz Festival in Newport, RI. While featuring 5 new compositions, “Live at Newport” revisits material from both “Anthem” and Scott’s Grammy nominated debut album “Rewind That”. The result is a stunning experience of slow burning jazz infused with an intense and earnest energy harkening back to Scott’s critically acclaimed sophomore release, “Anthem”. continue reading…

Bozz Scaggs “Speak Low”

In 2003, Boz Scaggs released his last studio album “But Beautiful”, a first volume of jazz standards. Sure it may seem cliché, as all the greats and not so greats seem to have turned to the Great American Songbook, but there’s a reason why “Speak Low” was five years in the making. Scaggs’ follow up album is a thoughtful approach to 12 carefully selected classics performed with delicate sophistication. You’ll hear the works of Mercer, Ellington, and Hart & Rodgers among other notable composers. continue reading…

Spryo Gyra “A Night Before Christmas”

Spyro Gyra, the veteran New York based jazz, presents a musical gem this holiday season with A Night Before Christmas. It’s sure to be a holiday favorite for new and old fans alike as it delivers sophisticated yet accessible, complex yet melodic jazz renditions of traditional holiday favorites. continue reading…

Jimmy Demers’ “Dream A Little”

With a unique and captivating voice, Jimmy Demers appeals to both an adult contemporary and smooth jazz sound in his debut album Dream A Little. Demers’ natural talent shines through each of the 13 tracks, keeping you hooked from the first notes of “There She Goes” to his version of Cass Elliot’s classic “Dream a Little Dream of Me”. The album also features Diane Warren’s “Nothing Hurts Like Love” and arrangements by Grammy Award winning Victor Vanacore. continue reading…

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