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.
Powered by engrossing female harmonies and the dynamism of the female spirit, Sonica creates anthems for peace, love, and change. Largely an extension of vocalist, … Read More “Sonica: Sonica (Outside In)”
What consistently stands out in Julian Lage’s guitar playing is his bursting-at-the-seams sense of energy. Music practically springboards from the Santa Rosa, California, native’s fingers, … Read More “Julian Lage: Squint (Blue Note)”
London-based producer, pianist, and MC Alfa Mist has generated a growing stateside buzz, with his earlier releases Nocturne (2015), Antiphon (2017), and Structuralism (2019) positing … Read More “Alfa Mist: Bring Backs (Anti-)”
For his fifth and latest release as a leader, the assertively titled Still Doing Our Thing (Posi-Tone), New Jersey-based vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads a quartet … Read More “Behn Gillece: Doing It Right”