CD Reviews

Reviews of CDs

Smoky

Smoky Greenwell’s Blues Jam – Live Blues Jam

A fine, fine example of how to make a great live record. Opening with ‘Smoke Alarm’ the musicians literally swing into full flow, Smoky flying into perfect rhythm with controlled but heartfelt harmonica work, a...
Paceo

Anne Paceo – Circles

Paceo’s album ‘Circles’ is a trance-like movement, a journey from her upbringing n the Ivory Coast through floating African melodies and then jazzy Parisian saxophones, textured trumpets and organic electronic ...
Eliades Ochoa Guajira

Eliades Ochoa & Alma Latina – Guajira + Mas Guajira

This brother sister duo delve deep into the depths of Latin feeling in this record, ‘Guajira + Mas Guajira’, the name Maria Ochoa gives to her brother. The well-known delicacy and pertinence that Eliades brings...
Dennis Paul Williams

Dennis Paul Williams – Morning Light

Dennis Paul Williams brings mellow, bluesy tones to zydeco guitar and listening to this album instils a sense of calm into the soul of those fortunate enough to be on the receiving end. After having moved from ...
Omar Sosa

Omar Sosa – Real Live

This is a true embodiment of Sosa’s work, humble yet flawless in its approach and execution. He states in the cover of the CD: ‘there are concerts where you feel so good, you never want to forget. This one at M...
Personal Relations - Thomas Siffling Trio

Personal Relations – Thomas Siffling Trio

“Personal Relations” is the 4th studio album of the Thomas Siffling Trio that came out of the 10th Band anniversary.Thomas Siffling is one of the first German trumpet players who introduced electronic devic...
Pie Grande - Me hago viejo

Me Hago Viejo – Pie Grande

Pie Grande is a Mexican quintet that brings together musicians with a variety of interests, personal experiences and completely different backgrounds and influences. This combination results in an unusual mix o...
Rukiza Okera

Night in Osu – Rukiza Okera

As a self-taught artist, Rukiza Okera boasts a flourishing career as a photographer, filmmaker, poet, composer and recording artist. Rukiza Okera began his musical career playing the guitar and composing songs ...
Caminhos by Otis

Caminhos – Otis

Internationally known for his performance in New York for the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, professional saxophonist, Otis, continues to make a lasting impact in the world of Jazz Fusion. Over th...
Corbeau1

Corbeau: Ten strings and a goat skin

It’s easy to see why this band was nominated for two Canadian folk awards in 2014. Where many bands falter and fail at combining traditional music with modern rhythms, these three musicians pull off this diffic...
jazz

Putumayo Kids – Jazz Playground

Putumayo Kids album ‘Jazz Playground’ is your starter pack for Jazz. It covers all the bases from swing through to gypsy, from ‘Stomp’ to ‘Spiderman’ (the second track on the album) which is a child’s latin, su...