A TOP JAZZ RECORD OF 2014: Recently, there’s been no shortage of excellent, forward-looking jazz albums led by drummers. For jazz fans who put groove and swing in their plus columns, Grammy®-winner Terri Lyne Carrington, Kendrick Scott, Antonio Sanchez, Matt Wilson and Rudy Royston are taking music to new and satisfying heights. You can add Ulysses Owens, Jr. to this exceptional lineup – he’s a drummer determined to blaze his own trail with sonically inspired beats. Continue reading
Mary Stallings is a brilliant jazz singer whose recent recordings have been revelatory in the way she takes on standards, both well known and obscure, and infuses them with a rewarding range of emotion, something many singers try to achieve but fall short of doing. “Don’t Look Back” (HighNote Records) is an extraordinary collection of songs that Ms. Stallings once again invests in fully and selflessly. Credit her 12-year association with pianist Eric Reed, a relationship as indelible as Ella Fitzgerald had with pianist Ellis Larkins on their classic duet records.