Travis Rogers

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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...


05/20/16    Albums

Bruce Torff Takes It "Down the Line"

Down the Line (Summit DCD 672) is the second album from pianist/composer Bruce Torff. The 11 original compositions reveal Torff to be a composer with a great instinct for Modern Jazz. Sadly, the album was occasioned by the death of Torff’s childhood friend...


05/15/16    Albums

Julian Shore Journeys on "Which Way Now?"

Which Way Now? (Tone Rogue Records) is pianist and composer Julian Shore’s sophomore album, following his 2012 debut Filaments. By the end of the album, the listener has come to understand that this is not a statement of doubt or uncertainty. Rather, it...


05/15/16    Albums

Nothing Restless in Roxy Coss's "Restless Idealism"

Restless Idealism (Origin 82705) is the title and theme of the second album by saxophonist Roxy Coss. It comes from something that Hunter S. Thompson once said, “It was the tension between…two poles—a restless idealism on the one hand and a sense of impending...


05/15/16    Albums

Carlos Vega Punches "Bird's Ticket"

Carlos Vega, saxophonist and composer, was well-established in the Latin music scene of Miami and a student of Jazz when he made the move to Chicago in 2005. Having played with Arturo Sandoval and Tito Puente, he found a happy convergence of all his musical...

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Travis Rogers joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 29, 2012