COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

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JOANNA PASCALE, WILDFLOWER

A WRTI CD RECOMMENDATION. Listening to Joanna Pascale sing is like getting a big hug. Her voice is warm, wise and easy to love. The Philly native has put out fine solo albums previously, but nothing like Wildflower, a deeply felt record that freely mixes pop tunes, blues and outlier standards. Read my full review at www.wrti.org

JIMMY GREENE, BEAUTIFUL LIFE

A TOP RECORDING OF 2015. A WRTI RECOMMENDED CD. The first sound you hear on Beautiful Life is a home recording of Ana Marquez-Greene singing “Saludos” at a Christmas celebration in Puerto Rico with her mother, Nelba, and her father, Jimmy, playing saxophone in the background, a year before her death at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. She was 6 years old. That brief moment flows into a ravishing duet between the saxophonist and guitarist Pat Metheny that makes the beginning a musical celebration of the life of Ana. Read the full review at www.wrti.org

ULYSSES OWENS, JR, ONWARD & UPWARD

 

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

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