May 13, 2013
[Review] McBride makes music of the people, for the people
It still amazes me that McBride — who I first encountered as a 17-year-old arrival on the New York scene, fresh from his native Philadelphia — will celebrate only his 41st birthday at the end of this month. Not only does it seem as though he has been on the scene forever now, but he has essentially been omnipresent.
April 29, 2013
[Review] Cécile McLorin Salvant - Woman Child
BlogCritics.org says "If Cécile McLorin Salvant isn’t yet on your radar, Woman Child will put her there."
March 27, 2013
Aaron Diehl’s BESPOKE MAN’S NARRATIVE puts new spin on modern jazz quartet [Examiner.com]
It’s all in there, from composition to concept. “The Bespoke Man’s Narrative,” culled from the language of fashion to describe someone who designs custom-made suits, went into the vision for the music.
March 12, 2013
Aaron Diehl, The Bespoke Man’s Narrative
The wait ends soon. Jazz fans and critics have been eagerly anticipating pianist Aaron Diehl’s new album, which finally arrives on March 19.
February 15, 2013
Kevin Eubanks - The Messenger [New York Times]
Eclecticism was a creative prerogative for the guitarist Kevin Eubanks long before he took the musical helm of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” when it became a corporate necessity.
February 04, 2013
Adding Pages to a Songbook [New York Times]
If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three — Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald — it is this 23-year-old virtuoso born in Miami to a French mother and a Haitian father and trained in France.