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 [...]
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 [...]
In the vibrant jazz clubs and academic classrooms, where the jazz standards breathe life and innovation, Matt Otto has found his exploration and expression. With a recording legacy spanning well over fifty albums, each a shimmering snapshot of his ceaseless metamorphosis, Otto has evolved from a young, free-jazz firebrand to a musical poet, sage, and mentor.
His journey—three remarkable decades in the making—illuminates an unwavering commitment to his own musical ideals and artistic identity. Now, he embarks on a heartfelt tribute to the [...]