Swing

Artist: 
The Bushwick Hotel
Label: 
Self-Released

Though The Bushwick Hotel is not literally a place of respite, the band's lively spirit, sonically eclectic elements, and bright elements will put hearts, minds, and ears at ease. From Brooklyn, New York, the band calls on inspiration from the likes of Elvis Costello, Band of Horses, David Bowie, The Band, and Van Morrison. Each member adds their own exotic talents for a diverse sound full of jazzy saxophone and swinging beats, making The Bushwick Hotel stand out from the crowd.

Sounds Like: 
Bruce Springsteen
Sounds Like: 
Elvis Costello
Name: 
Jacob Sky Bruse
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Ed Neumeister
Label: 
PAO Records

This album, with Ed Neumeister, the gold standard for Jazz Trombone, reenvisioning the masterpieces of his mentor, the one and only Duke Ellington, is simply irrisistable if you are a Jazz listener. Irrisistable because anything short of perfection would be unexpected from Mr. Neumeister. As usual, he does not Dissapoint. Neumeister's trombone throughout the album is smooth, intense, and unique. The late Fritz Pauer does an equally incredible job of goading the rest of the band into a beautiful painting of harmonic offering.

Sounds Like: 
Duke Ellington
Sounds Like: 
Frank Mussolino
Name: 
Mark Jimenez
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
Artist: 
Peter Kogan
Label: 
Koganote

Peter Kogan has pulled off something amazing: he's pulled together a killer group of musicians and created an album with a consistency and diversity that seems like a contradiction, but actually isn't. The great thing about this album is that each song is an homage to either a previous tune or famous jazz musician. Influences include, but are not limited to Muddy Waters and Duke Ellington. The title track, "Some Monsterful Wonderthing," is what he calls, "a savage tribute in reverse...

Sounds Like: 
Duke Ellington
Sounds Like: 
Muddy Waters
Sounds Like: 
Thelonius Monk
Name: 
Melanie Zelikovsky
Date Reviewed: 
09/11/2015
Artist: 
The Jeff Benedict Big Big Band
Label: 
Tapestry Records

The best part about Holmes, for me, is the album art. The sunglasses-wearing panda (is that what kind of mammal it appears to be?) holding what I can only assume is a trumpet, drawn in the style of an 8 year old child is on point. No sarcasm intended. At best, this album is mid-range big band swing. It's simply not lively enough to dance to. However, not all jazz is played in the name of dancing. Technically, the Jeff Davis Big Big Band's sound is solid and tight; it's not hard to tell that they're all trained and talented musicians.

Sounds Like: 
The Christian McBride Big Band
Name: 
Melanie Zelikovsky
Date Reviewed: 
09/10/2015
Artist: 
Mo'Fone
Label: 
Self-released

Mo'Fone is a jazz trio from California and their third album 'Fonology is one of the funkiest works of jazz I've heard in a long time. The trio plays incredibly well together and there's an really great sense of cohesion not just across the album but within each track as well. The saxophonists and drummer play off one another in a really unique way and it's this dynamic that most directly creates the overall funk of 'Fonology.

Sounds Like: 
Miles Davis maybe
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
04/29/2014
Artist: 
The Frank Dibussolo Group
Label: 
Lost World Music

Between its artwork and its title, Songs to Write Home About, the latest album from The Frank Dibussolo Group (a quintet led by guitarist Frank Dibussolo) has all the makings of a stereotypically cheesy lounge albums. And in many ways, this album is just that, but it is no worse off because of it. There are many of the trademark elements of lounge music present here: downplayed percussive beats, brassy instrumentation, and a relaxed female vocalist. But they all come together to create a sound even more pleasant than your average lounge album.

Sounds Like: 
A classy cigar lounge
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
04/15/2014
Artist: 
Keith Davis Trio
Label: 
Cd Baby

The Keith Davis Trio really do go out of their way to impress. The simplicity of their band, using only three instruments doesn't overwhelm the listener, but rather calms and engages them at the same time. The piano runs add a twist to each song, giving it life. And it honestly makes me want to go sit on my piano and try to immitate what they're playing. Still is a great album to listen to, especially when in need of a nice and calming tune. The jumps and swing from each measure creates a full sound, especially with the deep bass and unconventional drums.

Sounds Like: 
Fabrizio Bosso
Sounds Like: 
any swing artist mixed with smooth music
Name: 
Dalal Kaddoura
Date Reviewed: 
02/11/2014
Artist: 
Christian McBride Big Band
Label: 
Mack Avenue

I have to admit, I've never really been that interested in big band. This album, however, was surprisingly enjoyable. Even with a 16-man ensemble backing him, Christian McBride still establishes himself as the driving force on this record. When he's not dazzling the listener with one of his solos, there is no question that he is leading the orchestra, an impressive accomplishment for any bassist in any group regardless of genre. Melissa Walker's vocals on tracks 4, 7, and 9, however, should have been axed.

Sounds Like: 
Ron Carter
Sounds Like: 
Stefan Harris
Sounds Like: 
The Tierney Sutton Band
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
01/24/2012
Artist: 
Movits!
Label: 
Slimstyle Records

Movits! sophomore album perfectly ties elements of swing and hip-hop to create a unique sound. Essentially, they have produced music that you want to start dancing and never stop. It’s upbeat, in Swedish, and pretty much wonderful.

Sounds Like: 
The Lost Fingers
Name: 
Catherine Radachi
Date Reviewed: 
04/13/2011
Artist: 
Tony Russell
Label: 
Tony Russell

Alright, right off the bat this CD seems very,very easily laughable. I mean, c'mon, a title such as Jazz Funny Man? A dude on the cover with a pink suit? A self-released album? But alas, the big bold words: LANGUAGE WARNING along with beautiful blonde on the back cover with Mr. Russell pique my interest. Perhaps a “dirty old man” version of Richard Cheese? After all, key words such as “lyrics” and “his one of a kind comedy” coupled with quotes about how well actor/pianist Tony Russell can swing sure make me think so. And Mr.

Sounds Like: 
Jim Pearce, Richard Cheese
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2011
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