Ken Micallef was once a jazz drummer; then he found religion and began writing about jazz rather than performing it. (He continues to air-drum jazz rhythms in front of his hi-fi rig and various NYC bodegas.) His reportage has appeared in Time Out, Modern Drummer, DownBeat, Stereophile, and Electronic Musician. Ken is the administrator of Facebook’s popular Jazz Vinyl Lovers group, and he reviews vintage jazz recordings on YouTube as Ken Micallef Jazz Vinyl Lover.
Copenhagen-born Agnes Obel channels ghosts, spirits, and nightmares, her icy vocal undulations elevated by sparse instrumentation and studio effects. It’s the perfect soundtrack for mourning … Read More “Agnes Obel: Myopia (Blue Note)”
Moving through disparate meters, genres, and modulations with well-oiled sophistication, Kneebody upends jazz convention, morphing funk, jazz, dance, electronic, chamber, and everything in between. At … Read More “Kneebody: Chapters (Edition)”
Twenty-eight-year-old pianist Dave Meder is a young man with prodigious technique and serious ambitions. In the press release accompanying this originals-heavy debut recording, he states, … Read More “Dave Meder: Passage (Outside In)”