Contemporary Reviews

Contemporary Reviews2020-02-23T01:52:32+00:00

    Voices

    December 27, 2023

    O's Notes: Vocals come from guitarist/keyboardist Chris Tapp. Brian Mullins plays drums and percussion with Bryce Klueh on bass. They are The Cold Stares. The stories are living blues with all the associated joy and pain, professed on top of a grungy rock fusion featuring Tapp with Klueh mirroring his moves. Highlights are “Nothing But the Blues”, “Got No Right”, and a more relaxed pace on “The Joy”.

      Voices

      December 27, 2023

      O's Notes: Vocals come from guitarist/keyboardist Chris Tapp. Brian Mullins plays drums and percussion with Bryce Klueh on bass. They are The Cold Stares. The stories are living blues with all the associated joy and pain, professed on top of a grungy rock fusion featuring Tapp with Klueh mirroring his moves. Highlights are “Nothing But the Blues”, “Got No Right”, and a more relaxed pace on “The Joy”.

        Spirit To All

        December 27, 2023

        O's Notes: Polish jazz bassist, composer Wojtek Mazolewski is re-igniting the jazz scene in his country and his music is catching attention globally on Spirit To All, his latest release. Tenor saxophonist Marek Pospieszalski shines notably on “Ghost Town”. There’s excellent trumpet work by Oskar Török on “The Power of the People”. We also enjoyed the sounds of nature on “Slavic Spirits” and “The Year of Magical Thinking”. They wrap up the set with a warm ballad, “My Heart”, like the engaging, opening title track.

          Earth Rebirth

          December 27, 2023

          O's Notes: Colette Michaan plays a sweet, melodic, jazzy flute leading a quintet with Leo Genovese (keyboards), John Benitez (b), Luisito Quintero (timbales), and Yusnier Sanchez Bustamante (congas, cajon). Highlights are the mid-tempo “El Raton”, “Reincarnation of a Lovebird”, and “Ni Contigo Ni Sin Ti” with a fine bass solo by Benitez. Mireya Ramos adds vocals on two selections notably “Campiña”.

            Spirit To All

            December 27, 2023

            O's Notes: Polish jazz bassist, composer Wojtek Mazolewski is re-igniting the jazz scene in his country and his music is catching attention globally on Spirit To All, his latest release. Tenor saxophonist Marek Pospieszalski shines notably on “Ghost Town”. There’s excellent trumpet work by Oskar Török on “The Power of the People”. We also enjoyed the sounds of nature on “Slavic Spirits” and “The Year of Magical Thinking”. They wrap up the set with a warm ballad, “My Heart”, like the engaging, opening title track.

              Earth Rebirth

              December 27, 2023

              O's Notes: Colette Michaan plays a sweet, melodic, jazzy flute leading a quintet with Leo Genovese (keyboards), John Benitez (b), Luisito Quintero (timbales), and Yusnier Sanchez Bustamante (congas, cajon). Highlights are the mid-tempo “El Raton”, “Reincarnation of a Lovebird”, and “Ni Contigo Ni Sin Ti” with a fine bass solo by Benitez. Mireya Ramos adds vocals on two selections notably “Campiña”.

                Not Strictly Soul

                December 27, 2023

                O's Notes: Kevin Fingier is an Argentine producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. He runs his namesake record company that specializes in contemporary urban, pop. Not Strictly Soul is the result of a 3-year journey combining Latin, soul, and contemporary jazz. The band includes guest appearances by vocalists Diane Ward, Jo Ann Hamilton and Josi Dias who appear on five of the eleven selections. Derrick Harriott sings on the “Intro/Forward” and Abdoulaye Badiane provide vocals on “Dunia Doman Doman”. We reviewed the heavy weight vinyl album and noted its warm tone.

                  Not Strictly Soul

                  December 27, 2023

                  O's Notes: Kevin Fingier is an Argentine producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. He runs his namesake record company that specializes in contemporary urban, pop. Not Strictly Soul is the result of a 3-year journey combining Latin, soul, and contemporary jazz. The band includes guest appearances by vocalists Diane Ward, Jo Ann Hamilton and Josi Dias who appear on five of the eleven selections. Derrick Harriott sings on the “Intro/Forward” and Abdoulaye Badiane provide vocals on “Dunia Doman Doman”. We reviewed the heavy weight vinyl album and noted its warm tone.