Cary Goldberg

Cary Goldberg

Speak, the title of bassist Michael Olatuja’s debut album, holds deep personal meaning for its creator, exemplifying in a single word the album’s underlying themes of hope, encouragement, inspiration and positivity. The album, which will be released on July 28 on Backdrop, ObliqSound’s sub-label focusing on modern electronic and groove-based music, tells the story of the British/Nigerian artist’s musical and personal journey. "The language of music is one that we all speak," Olatuja expla

Through a decade of work in the many musical worlds that harmoniously coexist in
New York, 29 year old Oran Etkin has cultivated a singular voice that brings together
elements of modern jazz with traditional African and Israeli music.
Kelenia, his debut recording on Motéma Music, features his working
groupof Malian, Israeli and American musicians, along with guest appearances by
vocalist Abdoulaye Diabate and Grammy Award-winning artists Lionel Loueke, and John

Critically acclaimed tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene will release a new CD, Mission
Statement, on April 7 on Sunnyside/Razdaz Recordz, home to such eclectic artists as
Sam Barsh and Amos Hoffman. Razdaz founder, bassist Avishai Cohen, in whose band
Greene played during the nineties, says, "Jimmy is one of the most exciting and
innovative musicians in the scene today. He continues the legacy of such greats as
John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. I’m a fan."

Mission Statement feat

"Effervescent small group jazz, executed with wit and soul." The New York Times

"A real sonic vibrancy." Dusted.com

" Broken Arm Trio .is stunning both in what it does and how well they do it." The Village Voice

"Incredible musicianship and vast improvisational vocabulary." All About Jazz New York

The critics have spoken, and the accolades are unanimous in support of cellist Erik Friedlander’s recently released CD, The Broken Arm. The Broken Arm highlights Friedlander’s u

New York Electric Piano forges new ground with King Mystery, just released on New
York Electric Piano’s own label, Buffalo Puppy Records. King Mystery, the band’s fourth
album, builds on the original acoustic trio (pianist Pat Daugherty, bassist Tim Givens,
and drummer Aaron Comess) with the addition of new members, keyboardist Leon Gruenbaum,
sax/flute player Till Bebler and singer Deanna Kirk, adding vocals and acoustic piano
to the band’s original sound.

New York Pian

Motema Music, the independent label which has released a continuous succession of
critically acclaimed jazz releases from both well known and emerging jazz artists
including Rufus Reid, Mark Cary, and Lynne Arriale, has signed with Allegro
Distribution for the US and Canada.

"We really feel that Allegro is the perfect match for the next leg of Motema’s
journey," said Jana Herzen, label president. "Like Motema, Allegro is very focused
on the need to stay current, and expa

On his new release, The Broken Arm, cellist Erik Friedlander spotlights his unique
pizzicato playing--higher and more incisive than the bass, warmer than the piano, but
similarly rhythmic and able to freely engage in the give-and-take that is so essential
to the jazz. "While there have been a few groundbreaking practitioners, notably
bassist Oscar Pettiford, the cello has a tenuous connection to jazz, and is still
considered a novelty," explains Friedlander. "The cello is an untap

It would seem that a Senegalese griot singer who plays the traditional West African
21-stringed kora would have little to discuss musically with a German-born, New
York-based jazz trumpeter. But today’s cross-cultural fusions often transcend both
geography and genre, and whether it was fate or design that brought together Ablaye
Cissoko and Volker Goetze, it is we who are the beneficiaries. On October 14 in the
USA and Canada, ObliqSound will release the duo’s album Sira, a stu

Release Event: Nov. 3rd at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center

This November 11th, Motéma Music, the Harlem based record label that is home to Rufus
Reid, Marc Cary, Lynne Arriale and Roni Ben-Hur among other top jazz talent, will
release the first in their new ‘Jazz Therapy’ series of charitable fund raising CDs
produced in association with the Jazz Foundation of America. Jazz Therapy, Volume 1:
Smile, featuring master guitarists Gene Bertoncini and Roni Ben-Hur, will

With a genre-transcending sound that she calls urban, folk & jazz, award-winning
singer-songwriter KJ Denhert’s loyal following has increased with each of the six CDs
she released on her own Mother Cyclone label and her seventh, Lucky 7, released in
tandem with Motéma Music in May 2008. Denhert and her band, The NY Unit, have a twelve
year-long history of dynamic live shows in the US, Italy and the Caribbean. Now, after
a run of over 100 shows supporting Lucky 7, KJ has announ
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