Stephen Latessa

Stephen Latessa

Misconception by the Chicago-based Ted Hogarth Collective is an album of rich and varied textures. From the deep velvet baritone and quirky C-Melody saxophones of le…
First off, Back Before The Why by singer-songwriter Roberta Donnay is not a jazz album. Rather, it is a sturdily constructed pop effort, by someone who probably like…
The relationship among the musicians on Lenore Raphael’s A Beautiful Friendship can be summed up by the title of the album. Pianist Raphael, bassist Hilliard Greene,…
The problem with a lot of solo instrument recordings is that over the length of a whole album, the player may start to seem, well, annoying. Like the proverbial know-it-all…
Introducing Alma the first solo album from Serbian singer Alma Micic opens with a lovely and haunting take of Ellington and Strayhorn’s "Day Dream." Brandon McCune u…
One of the great mysteries of a working band is that some nights are better than others. The factors that contribute to such a state may be myriad and yet elusive, dependin…
Got No Blues, the striking first track on vocalist Brigitte Beraha’s debut album Prelude to a Kiss conjures a shifting and shadowy noir world of lovers who discover …