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Review of Jaimeo Brown Transcendence: Work Songs

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence: Work Songs

Marcia Miget | Falu | Jaleel Shaw | Marisha Rodriguez | Brandon McCune | Big Yuki | Cadence Brown | Jaimeo Brown | James Francies | Gee’s Bend Quilters

Motema

Rating: ★★★★

The fact that Brown has taken the title of his previous album Transcendence as the name of this group, or...

Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre in issue: April/2016

Review of Monty Alexander: Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On

Monty Alexander: Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On

Karl Wright | Earl Appleton | Andy Bassford | Monty Alexander | Caterina Zapponi | Hassan Shakur | Wendel Ferraro | Obed Calvaire | Courtney Panton | Yotam Silberstein

Motema

Rating: ★★★

“I'm a Jamaican. I'm an American. I'm a proud Jamerican. Identity crisis? No – identities embraced!” So declares Monty Alexander...

Reviewed by Jack Massarik in issue: July/2014

Review of David Weiss: Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter

David Weiss: Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter

Steve Davis | David Weiss | Dwayne Burno | Joe Fiedler | Geri Allen | Jeremy Pelt | EJ Strickland | Diego Urcola | Ravi Coltrane | Tim Green

Motema

Rating: ★★★★

What a year this has been for Wayne Shorter. His 80th birthday. His successful ventures into classical composition for a...

Reviewed by Tony Hall in issue: October/2013

Review of Kentyah Presents M1, Brian Jackson: Evolutionary Minded: Furthering The Legacy Of Gil Scott-Heron

Kentyah Presents M1, Brian Jackson: Evolutionary Minded: Furthering The Legacy Of Gil Scott-Heron

Dead Prez | Chuck D | Daniel Alzamorra Dickin | Jerry Stucker | M1 Stickman | Kentyah | Krishna Booker | Blackbyrd McKnight | Airto | One Drop Scott

Motema

Rating: ★★★

Although the passing of Gil Scott-Heron in 2011 continues to cast a long shadow over contemporary black music, it should...

Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre in issue: October/2013

Review of Tessa Souter: Beyond The Blue

Tessa Souter: Beyond The Blue

David Finck | Steve Kuhn | Joe Locke | Tessa Souter | Joel Frahm | Gary Versace

Motema

Rating: ★★★★

On her fourth CD, Beyond the Blue, her second for New York-based Motéma Music, vocalist Tessa Souter dips into...

Reviewed by Peter Quinn in issue: March/2013

Review of TK Blue: Latinbird

TK Blue: Latinbird

Motema

Rating: ★★★

Bird rules on this veteran, ex-Dollar Brand and longtime Randy Weston sideman saxophonist/flautist’s ninth CD as leader but with Caribbean...

Reviewed by Selwyn Harris in issue: November/2011

Review of Monty Alexander: Harlem-Kingston Express

Monty Alexander: Harlem-Kingston Express

Alexander

Motema

Rating: ★★

Subtitled “Live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola NYC” but also taped in Jamaica and several European venues, this is Monty’s reggae-meets-jazz...

Reviewed by Jack Massarik in issue: October/2011

Review of Randy Weston & His African Rhythms Sextet: The Storyteller: Live At Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Randy Weston & His African Rhythms Sextet: The Storyteller: Live At Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Randy Weston

Motema

Rating: ★★★

This is effectively a summary of the great pianist's contribution to jazz. For the best part of six decades, Weston...

Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre in issue: June/2011

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