COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

Tag: Concord Jazz

JAMISON ROSS, JAMISON

A TOP RECORDING OF 2015. Jamison is the debut of a significant talent. Winner of the 2012 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition, the singularly entertaining Jamison Ross is a drummer of enormous presence and a irrepressible bandleader, judging from his album release show I attended at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in June. He also sings. Continue reading

BONEY JAMES, futuresoul

Saxophonist James has long since mastered the formula for creating bestselling smooth jazz records, despite the disdain from jazz traditionalists and purists. futuresoul is the summer of 2015’s urban hang suite, an ice-cool tonic of bedroom-voiced saxophone, swaggering synths, unshakeable beats and state-of-the-art rhythmic flow. Continue reading

KRIS BOWERS, HEROES + MISFITS

A TOP JAZZ RECORD OF 2014. An emerging artist with a deliberative edginess, the promising young pianist Kris Bowers is full of surprises on his debut disc, Heroes + Misfits, an eclectic thrill ride through amped-up electronic keyboards, soaring saxophones and acoustic piano played over lush soundscapes. Continue reading

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