Roman St. James

Roman St. James

Wild Rice, the new duo release by guitarists Paul Bourdeau and Shane Simpson is an interesting CD. Bourdeau and Simpson (both exceptional players) play a fusion of jazz and…
Elenar, the newest release by Montreal-born saxophonist, composer and arranger Francois Theberge is by far the finest and most exciting modern jazz album I have heard in a …
Phrygian Istikhbar is the stunning debut from the very talented Tunisian pianist Wajdi Cherif. It’s a blend of jazz and Tunisian classical music, though it leans a little h…
Serenata is the beautifully sensitive new release by Mike Marshall and Jovino Santos Neto. It is a tribute to the internationally-renowned Brazilian multi-instrumentalist H…
Tracings is the latest CD by saxophonist Mike Tracy. It’s a fine recording of Brazilian-inspired jazz played by a great group of musicians. The core band consists of Tracy …
I guess that I would call "The Walkup", the debut release by guitarist Jeff Ray, a smooth jazz album. But I don’t think of it as a smooth jazz album. Which is good, because…
Bedroom Communities 02. Relounge’ is a compilation presented by Kriztal Entertainment and compiled and mixed by Torsten Martens aka Monophonic. The literature describes th…
Changing Directions, Robb Hunter Jr.’s debut release is a valiant but heavily flawed effort. Hunter, a pianist and drummer, wrote and produced the entire album himself. He …
First, I have a confession to make: I am definitely not a fan of "smooth jazz". I’ve always leaned more towards John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk than Kenny G and John Tesh…
I’m not exactly sure what goal Steve Hill had in mind when he released this album, "Vignette". It is surprisingly short - both in content and substance. It consists of thre…