Donald James

Donald James

Roy Assaf and Eddy Khaimovich take the customary steps for a jazz ensemble's debut record on Andarta. Re-harmonized standards? Check! Guest spin from an establishe…
It seems to me that a blurb from the conductor of the Nashville Symphony Pops orchestra is the wrong way to go when getting a recommendation for a funk/hipster/groove/loung…
Just because one can record a CD doesn’t mean that one should. Janis Siegel’s Sketches of Broadway is, to put it mildly, a smug and self-indulgent exercise litter…
The crooner is an endangered species. Once the aspiration of many an entertainer, being labeled a crooner slipped from hip to square long ago. That is until Harry Connic…
Named after a Portland jazz haunt, George Mitchell’s Play Zone is nothing if not good straight-ahead swinging post-bop jazz. There’s nothing terribly fascinating or …
I fear it would be sacrilege to write anything but a review full of nothing but praise for a live album by Charlie Haden, Joe Henderson and Al Foster. The Montreal Tapes…
The press release accompanying Carlos Henrique Pereira’s first American release claims that "the balance between [his] opposite inspirations (of his native Brazil and curre…
It seems a bit odd to write about Ottmar Liebert’s Euphoria’s Nouveaumatic on a website called JazzReview.com; there is simply no way to write about this with…
To Music, by the Jim Robitaille Group, is a bit self-indulgent, but nonetheless a competent recording. Robitaille is a craftsman; his compositions are a fluid combin…