Roman St. James

Roman St. James

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…
Charlie Byrd’s "Byrd & Brazil" is a two-CD reissue of two previously released albums - "Sugarloaf Suite" originally issued in 1980 and "Brazilville" originally released in …
Young lion is a term bandied about rather freely when speaking of debut albums from new up-and-comers on the jazz scene, and often such praise is not truly warranted. That …
The Tempest, the seventh album pianist Pete Malinverni has released as a leader, is a jazz trio album with a classical sensibility about it. By that I mean that while it is…
The New Standard Alliance, on their self-titled debut, have attempted to do something very difficult - to transform pop and rock hits into straight-ahead jazz vehicles. Thi…
I believe that when it comes to straight-ahead jazz, there are two kinds of piano/bass/drum albums - ‘piano’ albums and ‘trio’ albums. The difference between the two is tha…