Magnus Hjorth Trio – Blue Interval

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 11/14/2021 to Music
Magnus Hjorth Trio – Blue Interval

With a nod to tradition, Swedish pianist Magnus Hjorth combines elements of the swing and dexterity of Oscar Peterson with Count Basie’s understated yet captivating style. With the stellar sidemen of Lasse Mørck on bass and Snorre Kirk on drums, this trio combines for a fantastic outing on this 2014 release. This is an album that deserves your attention for both great jazz and sound quality as well. Find Blue Interval on TIDAL.

Ellis Marsalis Trio – Twelve’s It

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 10/30/2021 to Music
Ellis Marsalis Trio – Twelve’s It

Recorded in 1998, this is an album that has stood the test of time sounding every bit as good now as it did back then (both musically and sonically). Select Read More below for further details.


Graham Dechter – Major Influence

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 10/8/2021 to Music
Graham Dechter – Major Influence
Guitarist Graham Dechter joined the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at the age of 19 and since then has had a rising career appearing with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Cole and more. On “Major Influence” he wrote and arranged all of the songs except one. With a dream team of Clayton on bass, Hamilton on drums and Hendelman on piano, this is a straight-ahead jazz album led by guitar with a highly accomplished supporting cast. Highly recommended! Find it on Tidal.

Lady Blackbird – Black Acid Soul

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 9/6/2021 to Music
Lady Blackbird – Black Acid Soul

How is this possibly a debut album? Only one listen is needed to know this will be one of the best jazz albums of 2021. This is the type of album one might see from an industry veteran of many years. Her expressive voice evokes a feel like Nina Simone chock full of emotion and soul. She possesses power and control, but uses her vocal prowess wisely without going over the top with acrobatics. One listen to the song “Fix It” and you’re taken back to what sounds like an incredible piano ballad version of “Flamenco Sketches” by Miles Davis. Highly recommended! Find it on Tidal.

Amythyst Kiah - Wary + Strange

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 8/27/2021 to Music
Amythyst Kiah - Wary + Strange

You may have heard of Amythyst Kiah from the Americana/Folk supergroup “Our Native Daughters” along with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell. Her song “Black Myself” on their album received a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots song. The song, however, is reimagined here on “Wary + Strange” with a much heavier rock vibe featuring not only Amythyst’s incredible vocals but a bevy of guitars, bass and drums that gives the song incredible drive. This album “Wary + Strange” is an incredible album that combines alt rock, blues and roots music. She may be known for her guitar work, but it’s her vocals that will really grab you. The biggest compliment I can give is think of her sound as a more rock-based and edgier Tracy Chapman. Find the album on Tidal.

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