Thomas R. Erdmann

Thomas R. Erdmann

Sometimes it’s nice to sit down and listen to a CD where it’s obvious the performers "go for it." Forsaking any and all commercial aspirations they focus on making music th…
Keyboardist/guitarist/singer/song composer Will Faeber is best known in Europe, where he has had good record sales with his 1997 release, No Small Comfort. This disc, descr…
All you really need to know about whether debut CD by Cuban pianist/composer/arranger Manuel Valera is any good is to look at who accompanies him: outstanding young saxopho…
It’s a mistake to believe just because music has elements of improvisation, or even has large improvised sections within its structure, it can be called jazz. Certainly nob…
Some music is so hip you know, upon first hearing, there is no way it will ever find a large drawing. Like fine wine made in small reserves, it is to be savored when experi…
The best jazz to listen to is always when the musicians have no need to try and impress the listener. Already established with their reputations, the individuals sit back a…
To say 21-year old electric guitarist Tom McNalley has chops would be an understatement. To say McNalley plays free-jazz in long extended and far-ranging jams which vary gr…
The far-reaching and wide influence of Wayne Shorter, both as a writer and performer, on the contemporary and straight-ahead jazz scene is one area of concentration to rece…
Drummer/percussionist Gary Hobbs first made his mark in jazz on one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking big band albums of all time, Kenton ’76 (Creative World)…
Shantano Irad Cruz, the brains behind and sole performer on Clash Of Tides, is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, producer and recording engineer who lives and work…