Roman St. James

Roman St. James

Split Life is the debut release from 23-year old Israeli-born jazz guitarist Gilad Hekselman. Hekselman’s sound is the epitome of the word "warm", but with just…
Using the word "great" to describe the Rick Parker Collective’s new release Finding Space is akin to using the word "beautiful" to describe a perfect rose - it’s …
One of the great things about reviewing music is the sense of discovery that comes with it. I sometimes feel like an artistic "Indiana Jones" the first time I play some …
I first became aware of the great jazz pianist Red Garland through following the music of one of my favorite saxophonists, John Coltrane. At that point in the developmen…
Listening to pianist extraordinaire Frank Hewitt’s Four Hundred Saturdays is both a sad and a joyous event. The joy is present front and center in the music, reco…
I have to admit: the first couple of times that I listened to Gary Brunotte’s Smile, I was not at all impressed. That is in spite of the fact that it was immediat…
The heading on the press release for drummer Stockton Helbing’s debut album Lodestar poses the question "Who is Stockton Helbing?" and goes on to give a brief ans…
When reviewing a jazz release by an all-female band, it’s difficult to resist the urge to make at least some passing comment on the gender issue, and rather than try to …
It may seem like a bold statement for me to declare that Eric Person is probably one of the greatest alto & soprano saxophonists working today, especially since I must a…
In My Time, the new release from the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, is a different kind of big band album. It is more than simply music - it is genius personifie…
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