Music Reviews

Saxophonist Vincent Herring's new release “Night and Day” is a refreshing, upbeat album showcasing a tight and lively band that approaches each selection with an eagerness to swing. Herring is primarily (and exclusively on this date) an alto saxophone player who also picks up the soprano and tenor saxophones on occasion. He first gained prominence while playing in Nat Adderley's group where his Cannonball Adderley influenced sound fit right into the mold.

When the pure, unadulterated real thing comes along it makes one's ears perk up. “Rigamaroll”, tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi's latest release, is a stimulating, straight-ahead session comprised of his original compositions that are framework for boundary-pushing improvisation from a stellar group. The leader's clean, confident tenor sound is embellished by Phil Grenadier's burnished trumpet playing, Bruce Barth's edgy piano work and solid support from bassist Dave Santoro and drummer Andrea Michelutti.

The latest recording from Australian-born, New York City based jazz vocalist Chris McNulty is perhaps the finest of her entire career. With Eternal Chris McNulty presents one of the most personal recordings this reviewer has encountered in many years.

This new release from vocalist and pianist Eliane Elias marks the first time she has recorded in her native Brazil since 1981. Incorporating music from three generations of Brazilian composers, Elias has rendered a beautiful album that epitomizes that exquisite quality of Brazilian music to blend the melancholy and the uplifting with beats that soothe the soul.

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