With their new album “Forth” The Four Bags continue a decade-long adventure. Their signature sound, a combination of disparate instruments, is skillfully deployed over ten tracks, alternating intricate originals with a diverse collection of arrangements.
On “Dialogic,” Anthony Branker creates another inspired recording of new music for Origin Records featuring the stellar quartet of saxophonist Ralph Bowen, pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Adam Cruz. An underlying soulful vibe permeates the diverse musical offerings found this most highly recommended recording.
Saxophonist Patrick Cornelius' latest album on Posi-Tone Records. Featuring Gerald Clayton (piano), Peter Slavov (bass), Kendrick Scott (drums), Miles Okazaki (guitar), and Assen Doykin (guest pianist).
A ravishing CD by Lidia Baich and Matthias Fletzberger: Russian masterpieces arranged for violin-piano duo. The two perform incredibly virtuosic, but at the same time musically-discreet: They overcome all difficulties to just the right expression for the rushing blaze of colors.
Inspired by the literature of travel and self-discovery, the far ranging "Mobile" brilliantly showcases Serpa's remarkable abilities as an interpreter of lyrics, an improviser, an ensemble member, and composer.