Hello, connoisseurs of intricate soundscapes and narratives told through melody and rhythm. It is splendid to delve into an artistic endeavor that presents itself as a veritable amalgamation of influences, techniques, and emotions. We find ourselves today discussing Dr. Darden Purcell’s latest offering, Love’s Got Me in a Lazy Mood, released under the Origin Records imprint on September 16, 2023. In this review, we’ll explore how Dr. Purcell and her ensemble have skillfully employed musical elements and lyrical themes [...]
Book of Secrets, the illustrious new album from the renowned composer and saxophonist Patrick Cornelius, is an entrancing mosaic of stories told through the art of sound. For those acquainted with Cornelius’s storied past – two decades of flourishing artistry in the heart of New York and accolades including multiple mentions as a “Rising Star” in DownBeat Magazine – this latest endeavor serves as an added expression of his evolving brilliance.
The ensemble supporting Cornelius is exquisite, reflecting both his past and present musings. These skilled [...]
On August 1, 2023, Albany Records unveiled a masterful tapestry of sound and emotion with the release of From Method to Madness: The American Sound. This exquisite recording is a collaborative effort between longtime friends and accomplished musicians, cellist Clancy Newman and pianist Natalie Zhu. Both artists have journeyed through deeply personal musical trajectories, and their shared album is a celebration of American composers, innovative methods, and a dynamic understanding of music.
The conception of this album is almost serendipitous. Born out [...]
Hey there, jazz fans. Got a new spin for you, and it’s a real treat – Jae Sinnett’s latest offering, Commitment. Now, we all know Jae Sinnett is a master of rhythm, but this album goes beyond. It’s not just about the beats; it’s about the journey, the story he’s telling with every rhythm, every pause.
Sinnett’s known for his impeccable timing on the drum set – and let me tell you, it’s the heartbeat of this album. From the first track to the last, you can feel the pulse, the life in his drumming. It’s a beat that makes [...]