Peter Westbrook

Peter Westbrook

The notion that jazz is a purely African-American music is not so much false as simplistic. There can be no doubt that the foundations for the music were laid down by Afric…
Peter Smith is a prime example of the who-knows-how-many fine musicians who labor in relative obscurity in a local market, working to perfect their craft with few op…
In 1961, the movie version of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story won 10 Oscars, including one for best movie score. Forty years later many of the songs are virtuall…
Airto Moreira has been one of the premier percussionists in jazz since he arrived from Brazil and came to prominence with Miles Davis, helped found Weather Report, a…
Felipe Salles is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil but lives and performs in New York. There has been a very real blending between jazz and various Brazilian genres over the la…
The big band has an essential role to play in jazz, yet good big bands are hard to find in the USA. The Basie and Ellington bands still persist in one form or another but t…
I find it hard to know how to approach this kind of recording. It falls under the category of smooth jazz - the kind of fodder that many so-called jazz radio stations featu…
I have to admit that I was tempted to send this recording back to the editors of jazzreview.com. I signed on to review jazz recordings and my initial response was that this…
Dawan Muhammad is a unique individual. Originally from Dallas Texas, his travels led him to the San Francisco Bay area where, in partnership with the late Billy Higgins, he…
Originally from Brazil, and already playing guitar at an early age, Walter Rodrigues Jr. was drawn to jazz when he heard a recording by Joe Pass. Eventually, in 1989, he mo…