Vocalist Allegra Levy is at her strongest when purveying certain specific moods — melancholy, playful, even lightly ironic.
Lionel Loueke is a unique voice, who has managed to bring a number of influences together without weakening or undermining any of them.
At this time in the Boston jazz scene, there are no ongoing spaces for big bands and, predictably, the number of such ensembles has shrunk.
While perhaps not more than the sum of its parts — that would be hard to imagine — the music on this tribute disc has its own vitality and stands well on its own.
Singer Allan Harris clearly loves Eddie Jefferson’s music and performs it with sincerity and chops.
A listener’s response to this album would largely depend on whether or not the sound of Jeff Denson’s voice and the instrumentation strike a chord.
“It seemed worthwhile to me to think about how the spiritual currents Billie Holiday navigated might have shaped her life and her sound and what she and others made of them.”
The players are striking out into the unknown: you may find the journey inspiring and you may sometimes find yourself lost in the woods.
As part of its 150th anniversary celebration, NEC commissioned Anthony Coleman to compose a large-scale work he has named Streams.
The motto on the Morningside Music Studios web site is “keep the groove in your life.” Words to live by.