Jeff Winbush

Jeff Winbush

29.01.2011

Everette Harp

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
When you’re conducting an interview with an artist, it’s the hope of the writer that they can establish a rapport with the subject. The last things you want to hear are one-word answers and deadly silences. That’s not a problem with Everette Harp. The saxophonist supreme isn’t the least bit shy to tell you what he thinks about jazz critics, smooth jazz, and record companies. The new album All for You (A400 Music Group) was both a labor and love. After three years away, Everette Har …
29.01.2011

Hiromi

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
"Other people can put a name on what I do", says keyboardist Hiromi Uehara. "It's just the union of what I've been listening to and what I've been learning. It has some elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz, but I don't want to give it a name." On her electrifying new release, Time Control, Hiromi explores the concept of time. The CD features long-time Hiromi bandmates drummer Martin Valihora and bassist Tony Grey, along with special guest guitarist David …
29.01.2011

Nestor Torres

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
One of the most exciting aspects of jazz is the joy of discovery. I confess that I wasn’t all that familiar with the talented flute work of Nestor Torres but after I listened to his new album, Sin Palabras (Without Words) (Heads Up International) that I was glad I had traded ignorance for enlightenment. This album finds Torres exploring not just Latin and jazz rhythms, but a tasty mix of hip-hop and rhythm and blues added in for an extra shot of funky flavor.

But Nestor Torres isn’t j …

29.01.2011

Stacey Kent

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Stacey Kent and Jim Tomlinson have been making music together for 15 years. Their latest collaboration has the celebrated jazz singer making a special guest appearance on husband and saxophonist Tomlinson’s The Lyric. The effort has resulted in no less than album of the year honors at the 2006 BBC Jazz Awards.

"This album was pure joy," said Kent, who attributes the success of the CD to its collaborative spirit.

Kent, who sings on nearly all of the s …

Cheryl Bentyne has been the soprano voice of the world-renown vocal group The Manhattan Transfer since 1979. She has won Grammys (and countless other awards), toured the world and performed with such musical legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1992, she released her first solo album, the ethereal "Something Cool," and MT fans hoped more solo projects would follow. But it wasn’t until ten years later when Cheryl resumed her solo recording career in Japa …
When you think about long lived, constantly adapting and evolving jazz bands, how often does The Yellowjackets come to mind? I must confess that I had largely forgotten The Yellowjackets when the Jazz Fusion movement ebbed. Well, that was my mistake because Russell Ferrante (piano and electronic keyboards), Jimmy Haslip (electric bass), Bob Mintzer (tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinets, flute, electric wind instrument) and Marcus Baylor (drums, percussion) have roared back with an impressive …
29.01.2011

Rachel Z

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
On her new album, Moon at the Window (Tone Center), pianist Rachel Z (aka Nicolazzo) plays homage to the music of Joni Mitchell, including such songs as "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Free Man In Paris." Rounding out the trio is drummer Bobbie Rae and bassist Patricia Des Lauriers (replaced on tour by Nikki Parrott).

Rachel raps on how exposure to Joni Mitchell in kindergarten led to her new album, how a jazz pianist ends up playing with Peter Gabriel and wonders if not playing team sports hu …

No wonder fans are scrambling to get a copy of Paul Jackson, Jr.’s latest recording, Lay It Back.

It seems every project Jackson becomes involved with becomes a top hit, including his work on Michael Jackson’s Thriller album, along with Jackson’s own #1 hit single with his version of Motown’s "It’s A Shame," and his own previous album, Still Small Voice.

Yes, every musician has his or her own voice-something unique that tells fans, "thi …

I’ve always believed that appreciating jazz is like appreciating wine. You have to acquire a taste for it and it only develops over time. And good jazz like good wine is wasted on the young. A generation that is led to believe that Jennifer Lopez can sing, Adam Sandler can act and Fear Factor is quality television, can’t be expected to appreciate an Oscar Peterson or Ahmad Jamal. Then again, every now and then someone comes along to blow away your preconceived notions.

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If you've been making music for 30 years and you've only had one hit song you must either have the endurance of a marathon runner or you're just doggedly determined and don't know when to quit.

Jay Beckenstein and his cohorts in Spryo Gyra are built for endurance. Long after jazz fusion bands like Weather Report and Return to Forever called it a day, the Beckenstein Bunch is still making great contemporary jazz like their latest release, The Deep End and hit the road to share their mus

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