Travis Rogers

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05/29/16    Albums

Jackie Gage sings her "Siren Songs"

Siren Songs is the perfect title for Jackie Gage’s debut album as she definitely has the voice to stop any sailor on any voyage. Released on First Orbit Sounds Music (FOSM 262), Siren Songs is a charming mix of originals and standards. Those standards were...


05/29/16    Albums

The Moons of Myriad3

Myriad3 has been working together for over five years and the musical relationship has deepened to the point where their current album Moons (ALMA Record ACD52062) became an inevitability. It is a phenomenally creative and interactive conversation between...


05/29/16    Albums

Zane Rodulfo Takes Us Down His Own "Pathways"

Drummer Zane Rodulfo has released his debut EP Pathways bringing to life his own compositions based in the musical traditions of Trinidad. With a playing time just over 33 minutes, Pathways still manages to give a broad spectrum of the rhythms and melodies...


05/27/16    Albums

Lauren White Brings Jazz and Noir "Out of the Past"

I always loved film noir with the smooth gangsters and crime bosses, the usually broke but noble detectives and those gorgeous women who get you in trouble or got you killed but were, ultimately, to die for, anyway. I loved it when Jon Anderson wrote...


05/27/16    Albums

"Back Home" by Socrates Garcia Latin Jazz Orchestra

Back Home (MAMA Records MAA1050) is Socrates Garcia’s debut album and it filled with the “Latin Jazz with a Dominican tinge” that one would hope to find on this great Dominican composer’s album. It has been called “a musical journey back to his roots” and...


05/27/16    Albums

Daria Takes Us Down to "Strawberry Fields Forever"

I’m glad Daria called the album Strawberry Fields Forever; Songs by the Beatles (OA2 Records 22129). That subtitle offers Daria some creative latitude to reinterpret as she sees fit and desires to do. That is to say, she does not sing the Beatles’ classics...


05/22/16    Albums

Darren English Speaks of "Imagine Nation"

Imagine Nation (Hot Shoe Records HSR109) is the debut album of Darren English, a young South African trumpet player who is a force and a voice to be heard and understood. In the liner notes, he quotes Nelson Mandela—“It is music and dancing that makes...


05/22/16    Albums

Louis Heriveaux Has a "Traidic Episode"...and Lives to Tell the Tale.

Pianist Louis Heriveaux has been an acclaimed sideman for years. Now, with his debut album, Triadic Episode (Hot Shoe Records HSR110), he steps into the bandleader role and is joined by Curtis Lundy on bass and Terreon Gully on drums. His influences...


05/22/16    Albums

Jeremy Warren Says "I Can Do All Things"...And I Believe Him!

I Can Do All Things (JD Warren Music) is Jeremy Martin’s debut album and, if it is any indication at all, this is the start of something wonderful.


05/22/16    Albums

LaVon Hardison's "Come Together" is amazing.

LaVon Hardison is a Boston Lyric Opera-trained vocalist with two albums (Choices from 2006 and Everyday Gifts from 2008) to her credit. Come Together is her much-anticipated third album and it was worth the wait.


05/22/16    Albums

Dave Hosley has "Love for Sale"

Dave Hosley has been performing in the Bay Area’s venues for four decades. Time for a debut album. Love for Sale (Diamond Dave Records DDH001) is that debut album.


05/20/16    Albums

Justin Piper's Take on "Avant Funk"

Justin Piper serves as a musical director for one band, leads his own trio, and performs frequently on solo guitar. He plays guitars, bass, and Rhodes on his album Avant Funk (justonemusic) with Tom Garrington on drums. All 12 of the compositions on the...


05/20/16    Albums

Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics Have Released the Kraaken!

Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics (True Groove Records) is Gollehon’s 9th album as a leader but he has appeared on over one hundred—I said hundred—albums with massive hits from David Bowie and Duran Duran to Rick James, Mick Jagger and so many more...


05/20/16    Albums

"Idiotfish 3"...Schnalle, Vitchev and Robbins. Oh, yeah.

Drummer Wally Schnalle has worked with the best because he is among the best. In his third incarnation of Idiotfish, he is joined again by the brilliant Hristo Vitchev on guitar and Dan Robbins on bass. This trio never, ever disappoints. On Idiotfish 3...


05/20/16    Albums

Kat Parra Sings the "Songbook of the Americas"

Okay, let me clear. I cannot get enough of Latin Jazz. I love the distinctive rhythms, the unique melodies, the certain progressions—all of it. So when I receive a Latin Jazz or Latin traditional album, I’m all over it. Enter Kat Parra’s fifth album...


05/20/16    Albums

Jason McGuire Releases "Terceto Kali"... the Album and the Trio.

Jason McGuire “El Rubio” is a master of the Flamenco guitar who combines that powerful and sensuous genre with Jazz. And I love it. It is an exacting art form and combining it with Jazz yields incomparable fruit. Terceto Kali is the name of both the trio...

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Travis Rogers joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 29, 2012