Roman St. James

Roman St. James

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…
Diary is the latest release by Argentinean-born, Brazilian-bred guitarist Torcuato Mariano. Mariano plays a blend of jazz and Brazilian music that he calls ‘Rio Chill’. Act…
Dismiss all thoughts of arrogance or hyperbole: the Great Jazz Trio could not have been more aptly named, and one listen to their latest recording, "Someday My Prince Will …
Human Spirit is alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo’s third album as a leader. It was preceded by 1999’s "From The Inside Out" and 2001’s "Keep Steppin’". "From The Inside Out" w…
Live At Tula’s is the latest release from jazz vocalist Greta Matassa and it’s absolutely fantastic. Recorded, as the title implies, live at Tula’s Restaurant and Nightclub…
The latest release from guitarist/vocalist Chris Bergson is a blues album, entitled appropriately enough, "Blues". It was recorded live at Smoke and features Matt Wilson on…