Karl Stober

Karl Stober

29.01.2011

Judy Wexler

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

At times it has been stated, "Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking, but a full-on metamorphosis." When a career takes this road, the words are just as powerful. Keeping that in mind, just sit and spin awhile with jazz vocalist Judy Wexler.

Former actress, Ms. Wexler followed that pulsating romantic, called a heart, and launched a whole new dimension to sound studios unexplored. With the int …

An epiphany in thought is by all standards an event many of us embrace. It changes the axis of our lives and many times our inner direction. In music, this is a welcome occurrence. It opens a new dimension and purpose to one’s gift-a crossroads to a legacy.

For singer/songwriter/musician Julie Lavender, "Never Felt the Sun" may be the defining moment of just that, her epiphany. Released by Covenant Records, this project is a mirror into the mind, soul and talents of one very fresh, but …

29.01.2011

Matt Bianco

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Two decades have passed and three lives have traveled very different paths, sometimes touching upon the past, whether by song or a brief recall of a faint memory. However, fans do not forget. They just anticipate the resurrection of a new beginning in hopes of past musical magic becoming restored. Hope is not a strategy, just a forgone wish gambled upon. But in this case, this gamble paid three to one, for hope won out. Ladies and gentlemen, Matt Bianco is back in studio.

Matt Bianco, in part …

David Bailey once articulated, "It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography, everything is so ordinary, it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary."

Jazz today has many facets with which to experience the genre, the music, the history, and the characters. However, through the lens of Barcelona native and photographer, Lourdes Delgado, we see the roots and lifestyl …

29.01.2011

String Planet

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
In this industry of cookie cutter manufacturing of talent, it is ultimately stimulating to touch upon artists who take innovation to the edge. Contemplating the thought of new sounds and techniques, and creating the vision by way of risk, is a dynamic undertaking. Novi Novog and Larry Tuttle took the path of risk and engaged their talent to give birth to String Planet-s delightful experience in strings with each cut unique in its own right.

In this new world of jazz that Novog and Tuttle hav …

29.01.2011

Bob Mintzer

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Maintaining a big band based in New York for nearly 25 years, arranger/saxophonist Bob Mintzer is also a member of the Yellowjackets, teaches music, writes books on music and gives back to his community through music.

Mintzer has played and written for Buddy Rich, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Art Blakey, Sam Jones and Jaco Pastorius, as well as Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri and the New York Philharmonic. Among his session work, Mintzer has performed with James Taylor, Queen, Steve Winwood and …

As with every holiday season from years gone by, one thinks they have had their fill of the holiday music scene. The year 2004 has brought changes to that mindset; a stunning and momentous rhythmic composition was produced, which has revitalized the parade of holiday melodies. Hiroshima allows us to embrace their new creation, as ""Spirit of the Season"" has been left under all our trees to adopt, adding a new, soon to be, traditional piece for holiday seasons to come.

In September, Heads Up …

Sensually laced keyboards. Emotionally driven arrangements. Intellectually intense compositions, but still not tender justice to Brooklyn native pianist Leslie Pintchik.

In the fall of 2004, Ambient Records ignited the fire of jazz enthusiasts with Ms. Pintchik’s So Glad To Be Here, an imaginative endeavor that allows the listener to feel the gentleness and compassion of the artist’s unique talent.

This venture is a journey of sorts as you enter the mystical ambiance of the keyboa …

Uplifting and vibrant is this "Oasis" of rhythmic jazz. Mike Longo and Consolidated Artists Productions have put forth another extraordinary piece of musical delights to add to the jazz culture. Released in 2004, Longo and the New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble capture the many faces, moods, and inner emotions of what jazz should be to the listener with such creations as The Godfather, Bag of Bones, and Lazy Afternoon. Longo is not a complex man but one with such insight and pure intensity, …
29.01.2011

Adam Rafferty

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Jazz is very much like a tree, with numerous branches reaching out, allowing it to finally define it’s identity. However, without that artiste to water and nurture it, the identity is lost and it’s existence becomes meaningless. Adam Rafferty is one of those few artistes’ who waters and nurtures growth into jazz every time he touches a string, or composes a mood a jazz guitarist/composer who interacts personally with every note and melody played within each eclectic style he chooses to liberate. …