World-Jazz

Artist: 
Danny Green Trio Plus Strings
Label: 
OA2 Records

I have never listened to a full jazz album before, but this one was really excellent and I did not stop listening to it or skip through the songs. It's great to listen to while doing your homework because it keeps you focused and it isn't distracting with other sounds like vocals. However, if you like music with vocals then maybe this won't be the album for you. But you should give it a chance because it is beautiful music and the talent of these individuals to be able to put together this entire album is awesome.

Sounds Like: 
Kairos Sextet
Name: 
Sommer Yazzie
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2018
Artist: 
GoGo Penguin
Label: 
Blue Note Records

I would like to begin this review by stating that I am not an expert in contemporary jazz let alone jazz in general. I have listened to a few albums by some of the more well-known guys, mostly Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington, but am a tenderfoot in regard to the genre of jazz. With that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed GoGo Penguin’s most recent album, “A Humdrum Star”. What peaked my interest about this progressive jazz trio was when Mark mentioned that artists like Kendrick Lamar were inspired by what artists like GoGo Penguin was doing.

Sounds Like: 
BadBadNotGood
Sounds Like: 
Moon Hooch
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
Artist: 
Al Di Meola
Label: 
Sheer Sound

This album is the latest offering by guitarist Al Di Meola. Al was born in 1954, and he went to Berklee. He is obviuosly a very experienced and proficient musician.

Sounds Like: 
John Williams but not really
Sounds Like: 
idk
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2018
Artist: 
Starchild & The New Romantic
Label: 
Ghostly

Because Starchild & The New Romantic’s new album “Language” sounds like it exploded straight out of the era of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and sweet Bobby Brown. The similarities are absolutely inescapable, and that’s easily the greatest thing about it.

Sounds Like: 
Bobby Brown
Sounds Like: 
Michael Jackson
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
03/14/2018
Artist: 
The Diva Jazz Orchestra
Label: 
ArtistShare

The Diva Jazz Orchestra is comprised of 15 incredibly talented musicians--and they all just happen to be women.

Sounds Like: 
Gershwin
Sounds Like: 
Bassie
Sounds Like: 
Webb
Name: 
Taylor Griffith
Date Reviewed: 
03/12/2018
Artist: 
Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas
Label: 
Self-Release

Psychedelic Rock band, Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas just started performing in 2016. This album sounds like a score to a movie. Which I guess is what they were going for so … nailed it? Because this album is so score-like I don’t know for what occasion you would play this ever. It’s definitely background music. It honestly reminds me of the Lost Episode of Spongebob where there is only a cycle of walking sequences. Now that said, it has a really good sound. It can be repetitive at times and is mainly lead by a high-pitched guitar in each song.

Sounds Like: 
A Tarentino Movie
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
SOJA
Label: 
ATO Records, LLC

If I do say so myself, I admit I’ve been off my game as a fellow CD reviewer of KAMP Student Radio. However, I figured doubling up on genres that I enjoy (one of which being this CD review of SOJA: Poetry in Motion being a world-jazz selection) would get me back into the groove of things.

Sounds Like: 
I really couldn't put my finger on it even if I had to
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
02/19/2018
Artist: 
Hollie Cook
Label: 
Self Produced

Sounds Like: 
Hiatus Cyote
Sounds Like: 
Erykah Badu
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2018
Artist: 
Mackister Ludi
Label: 
The Mackrosoft

The Mackrosoft couples absolutely brilliant and innovative synthesis of classic jazz instrumentation blending drums, bass, synthesizers, rhondes, sequences, clavinet, soprano saxiphone, flute, guitar, alto saxaphone, trombone, samplers, turn-tables, and effects processers with myriads of early 80's fusion, funk, intelligent dance music, and jazz stylistic features.

Sounds Like: 
Themselves
Name: 
Matsuura
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2018
Artist: 
Laila Biali
Label: 
Chronograph Records

Sounds Like: 
Sara Bareilles
Sounds Like: 
Somewhat Regina Spektor
Name: 
Katiana Coste
Date Reviewed: 
01/31/2018
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