Jazz

Music Review: Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra – ‘Portraits and Places’

Portraits and Places from the Scott Reeves Orchestra

After years of writing for Dave Liebman’s Big Band, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Bill Mobley’s Smoke Big Band, and the BMI Jazz Composers Orchestra, brassman/composer Scott Reeves launched his own 16-piece jazz orchestra in 2008. Their 2016 debut release, Portraits and Places, features seven Reeves originals, along with his arrangement of Jobim’s, “Waters of March.” He has forged an original compositional style which All About Jazz described as “varied and substantial, ranging from hard bop and Latin oriented themes...to French impressionist influences. His arrangements are restless, full of color, and provide ample solo space...amidst variable underpinnings.” Read More »

Music Review: Sound Underground – ‘Quiet Spaces’

Quiet Spaces from Sound Underground

True to Wayne Shorter’s mantra, a spirit of curiosity permeates 'Quiet Spaces.' From beginning to end, the trio leaves no stone unturned. They question the tuneful themes of the opening “Tiny Kingdom” and the title track “Quiet Spaces,” reshaping them through wide emotional landscapes. On “Awake With A Start” they examine the moment of being startled and discover its multitude of hues in Leon’s playful solo. Indeed, the three seem to find inspiration in the most unexpected of places. This is most apparent in the two-part “$2.43 Regular Unleaded,” which takes the hocketing beeps from a car door and a gas pump on a dizzying, mechanistic joy ride. Read More »

Music Review: Brian Tyler – ‘Now You See Me 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)’

Now You See Me 2

Magic captures the imagination like nothing else. Brian Tyler and the accompanying musicians also capture us with another memorable musical score for the Now You See Me film series with the musical score for the magic-filled mystery/thriller/comedy Now You See Me 2 (also internationally known with the improved title Now You See Me: The Second Act) where a formidable magician ... Read More »