Danielle Wertz & Tal Cohen – Intertwined

The artistic platform of the duo summons brave souls of the universe. It demands intimacy, courage, risk-taking, creativity, innovation and an ample imagination. Each breath, each sound, and every silence carry heightened relevance as each musician must maintain complete respect and trust of one another....

Sarah Partridge – Bright Lights and Promises

How did nobody think to go here before? With a glut of fine Joni Mitchell tributes on the market and a couple of engrossing Laura Nyro nods out there, how is it that no creative spirits in the jazz or cabaret camps thought to make the full-on jump to Janis Ian before now? Hearing Sarah Partridge dig into...

Mark Winkler – The Company I Keep

The utility of music, at its very core, is entertainment. It is not all about dissonance and consonance, tonal conflict and resolution; heart and intellect, pathos and ethos. Somewhere in everything music has to offer, there must be a smile. It is in music’s smile that vocalist Mark Winkler exists. An...

Nicki Parrott – Dear Blossom

Nicki Parrott is special. In addition to being a warm, smart singer, she’s also a bassist. An interesting combination, which means as a singer she can swing in time. And as a bassist, she’s lyrical. I must say that when her new CD, Dear Blossom: A Tribute to Blossom Dearie (Arbors), crossed my...

Curtis Stigers – One More For the Road

Jazz-rooted former pop singer Curtis Stigers has made a fine homage to Frank Sinatra’s 1966 Sinatra at the Sands album with Count Basie’s orchestra, recorded live as the original was. Stigers is much more gruff and rugged than a smoothie like Michael Bublé, as hip in his timing as Kurt Elling, if not as...

Audrey Silver – Very Early

There’s immediate comfort in encountering Audrey Silver’s music for the first time. Her voice is an open invitation, an instrument of confession and creation that immediately transports you to someplace else. That’s evident from her first utterances through her last words on Very Early. In...

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