ELEW (Eric Lewis): And to the Republic

Appearances on television (America’s Got Talent) and information conferences (TED Talks) have labeled pianist Eric Lewis (aka ELEW) as the next crossover artist who boldly shunned the establishment combining pop and rock music with improvisation. Yet underneath that flamboyant stage persona is the h… Source: Album Reviews

Jonathan Finlayson and Sicilian Defense: Still Moving

Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson has been an in-demand sideman for a decade, laying a foundation of top-tier groundwork in recording with m: Steve Coleman on all of that uncompromising composer’s Five Elements albums since 2002. Finlayson’s performing credits include gigs with {{m: Ravi Coltr… Source: Album Reviews

Sandra BorA y: Sus

Falling somewhere between lush indie folk and chamber jazz with a lounge feel (the non-cheesy kind, that is), Sandra BorA y introduces herself as anything but predictable. She opens her debut Sus with a series of floating guitar chords and wordless singing that drifts out of the clouds. …

Young-Ae Jung: Because I Love You

South Korean singer/composer Young-Ae Jung made her recording debut with her 2013 The Man I Love (Self Produced). On that recording, the singer revealed herself as a more-than-capable composer, whose motifs and archetypes are of the same mature variety. The singer proved the universality of jazz by…  …

Daniel Schlaeppi/Marc Copland: More Essentials

The experience of this duo outing, More Essentials, begins with the packaging, the cover art, a gorgeous photo of two jelly fish immersed in the softened hues of shallow submersion in the sea. The disc spins, an introductory bass solo by m: Daniel Schlaeppi that leads into {{m: …