Wilbert Sostre

Wilbert Sostre

After winning the 2008 International Massimo Urbani Award, Philology Records offered Italian pianist Francesco Marziani the opportunity of recording his debut. So here it is, the first album from one of the new italian jazz talents, Francesco Marziani. In My Own Sweet Way was recorded with bassist Massimo Moriconi and drummer Massimo Manzi.Besides being an excellent pianist with great knowlege of the jazz language, and flawless technique, Francesco is an accomplished composer. His compositions a
The new project by Italian musician Claudio Scolari is a fascinating mix of acoustic and electronic sounds creating an almost cinematic atmosphere. For this album Claudio has the collaboration of Daniele Cavalca on drums, bass and vibraphone and Simone Scolari on trumpet.Scolari music, like the tracks Electric light over water and Emotion appearance can be described as improvised as avant-garde jazz but it is so much more. It has elements of classical music, and other jazz styles. For example Va
Besides having a beautiful, sexy voice, and a nice phrasing influenced by jazz, pop and Bossa Nova, Kristine Mills is a wonderful composer. Her new album Bossanovafied is wonderful collection of original, romantic songs, heavily influenced by brazilian music. She even recorded most of the CD in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil with a group of talented musicians. The brazilian feel may be heard all over the album, like the Bossa harmonies on I Wish or the flute intro on That was yesterday. Jose Carlos Bigo
The music on Matt Garrison new album Familiar Places is as impressive as the group of musicians playing on it. Besides Garrison, this album features Claudio Roditi on trumpet and Mark Whitfield on guitar among other amazing musicians. The opening track Try another day starts with amazing harmonies by Matt Garrison on sax and Bruce Harris on trumpet. Garrison, Harris and Zaccai Curtis take turns with good improvisations before getting back to the starting harmonies.A thoughtful attempt has a boss
CD Review: Alva Nelson - Soul EyesAlva Nelson new album, Soul Eyes is a combination of mostly original compositions with some jazz classics. Nelson is a pianist with great technique equally good playing the fast tunes like Synonymous Dichotomy or the slow ballads like Soul Eyes, Some other time and Song for Keisha.Gemini Baby has sort of a slow samba feeling, a track with rhythms that invites you to dance. In contrast, Sanctified blues like the title suggests is a classic blues. Both are great c
There are some great male singers in the history of jazz like Louis Armsrong Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and more recently, Harry Connick Jr., but male jazz singers have always been a minority. Well, there’s a new name to add to the list, talented singer/composer, piano and trombone player, Henry Darragh. Usually, jazz singers prefer to record recognized jazz standards instead of original compositions. Henry Darragh chose the hard way, recording mostly originals on his album, Tell Her for Me.Tel
Caravan is the first track on Black Olive Jazz project View from telegraph hill. The arrangement of this classic, one of the most recognized and recorded in jazz history, has some interesting tempo changes with scats with Arabian influences by Kay Andreas. "Caravan" is a composition of Juan Tizol, Puerto Rican trombonist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and even though "Caravan" is regarded as one of the first latin jazz compositions, the original music already has an Arabian feeling. The secon
Annie Kozuch surrounded herself with a group of great musicians for this album, but there is no doubt who is the star here. Annie is not just another beautiful voice, she is a versatile singer capable of singing in different styles and languages. Annie sings Jobim "Chega de saudade" and "Corcovado" in perfect portuguese, and with the perfect feel for Bossa Nova. In "I love being here with you" Annie vocals are powerful and playful with the addition of some exquisite scats. In "I'm through with l
The music of this trio sounds so full and powerful. Since the first notes of the first track, "My heart stood still", everyone shine without getting in each others way, just like a jazz group should be. Some of the music is relaxing but intense at the same time like the music of the second track, "Who can I turn to". Michael Bates shows his great technique on the bass intro of "Last train to Brooklyn", giving way to the wonderful piano melodies on this Alex Levin original piece.Is the first time
Robin Aleman new album In your eyes starts with a bang with the cool version of Irving Berlin Steppin out with my baby. Most of the song is just drums and Robin voice with impressive piano and drums solos by David Epstein and Brian Adler. In almost all the tracks Robin is accompanied by a trio of just piano, bass and drums. This format allows the listener to appreciate Robin beautiful tone and unique phrasing. Listen to the wonderful version of All or nothing at all or the bass and voice arrange