Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.
If Conviction is an examination of character-including the famous ones of Malcolm X and St. Francis of Assisi-drummer-composer Kendrick Scott’s own personality proves thoughtful and … Read More “Kendrick Scott Oracle: Conviction”
Fusion, lest we forget, spawned both new age and smooth jazz. Guitarist Lee Ritenour’s Rhythm Sessions is proof. Alongside its ample fusion credentials (including two … Read More “Lee Ritenour: Rhythm Sessions”
Eschewing his usual saxophone partners, Wah-Wah finds Danish guitarist-composer Torben Waldorff leading an American band (keyboardist Gary Versace, bassist Matt Clohesy, drummer Jon Wikan) that’s … Read More “Torben Waldorff: Wah-Wah”
Angelic Warrior is a veritable almanac of the alto saxophone in contemporary mainstream jazz. Tia Fuller gives her distinctive sound a full and exhilarating workout, … Read More “Tia Fuller : Angelic Warrior”