Roman St. James

Roman St. James

It’s been 24 year since Alice Coltrane last released an album. That’s far too long, but the wait has been well worth it. The name of the album is "Translinear Light" and it…
It’s always a courageous move when a saxophone player chooses to play in the trio format of sax, bass and drums. The absence of a piano or guitar player offers greater harm…
Innovating. Frenetic. Underrated. These are just a few of the words I would use to describe flute, clarinet and saxophone master Eric Dolphy. I think of Dolphy as one of th…
Listening to a single-disc set ‘best of’ of the music of Sonny Rollins can be a very unsatisfying experience. It’s kind of like trying to eat just one potato chip. A small …
The Three Of Us is the third (and latest) release from clarinetist Mort Weiss, released on the label he founded specifically for the release of his material, SMS Jazz. Weis…
The term "third stream" was invented by composer Gunther Schuller in 1957 to describe the (then new) jazz subgenre that consists of the mixing of jazz and classical music. …
Fresh Sound Records has really been living up to its name lately by releasing some delightfully original, beautifully conceived recordings. One of the latest is saxophonist…
Haikus II is the wonderful new disc from young Argentinean pianist Leo Genovese. The core group, a trio, includes Demian Cabaud on bass and Francisco Mela on drums. The tri…
Drummer Shelly Manne’s recently reissued "Steps To The Desert" (subtitled ‘Modern Jazz Versions Of Favorite Jewish And Israeli Songs’) is an album both brilliantly conceive…
Mango Festival is a very interesting (and quite excellent) new CD by drummer Sunny Jain’s Sunny Jain Collective. This recording is a great example of ‘east meets wes…