Roman St. James

Roman St. James

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…
When first listening to bassist Neal Caine’s new CD Backstabber’s Ball, the word that immediately came to mind was "hip", and the more I listen to this CD, the mo…
Vic Juris is a very fine jazz guitarist, and his new CD, A Second Look, testifies to that fact. Juris started playing guitar at the age of 9 and has had a charmed…
There are few too recordings issued these days centered around the robust and sometimes surprisingly sensitive-sounding baritone saxophone. The potentially awkward horn,…
Hope, the new album from bassist Terje Gewelt, is a work of amazing beauty and power. All but one of the songs here was recorded live during a piano/bass duo tour…
Trumpet player Dan Jacobs’ Blue After Hours is a perfect example of the fact that you don’t need an orchestra or a string section to create incredibly warm, lush …
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