Over time, Andrew Gould has established himself as one of the premier players of this fierce new era of stellar Jazz musicians, having played with the likes of James Moody, Ron Carter, Benny Golson and more.
Benny Benack is a third generation Jazz-head. His grandfather and father (both also named Benny) were a couple of “OG’s” from the long-standing, and criminally-underrated Pittsburg Jazz scene.
Melisa Aldana is a Chilean born tenor saxophonist, who performs both as a solo artist and with her band, the Melissa Aldana Crash Trio. In addition to being an accomplished solo artist, she has worked with Danilo Perez and was tutored by George Coleman.
Rachel Eckroth is an American singer-songwriter and keyboardist who primarily works within the genre of Jazz. In addition to being an accomplished solo artist, she has worked with the likes of KT Tunstall, Chris Botti and is currently the keyboardist for Rufus Wainwright
Danny Veekens is a jack of all trades. Call him a musical Swiss Army knife. As a freelance journalist, founder of The Find and Rucksack Records, Danny has exercised his passion for his passions through words, articles and physical music.
Mark Whitfield is a fantastic Jazz guitarist who has been at it for over 30 years. He has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in the business across all genres to great success. His influence is undoubted during his era, and when it is all said and done, Mark will stand side by side all of the other greats of past, present and future.
2020 was a pretty messed up year. That said, we still saw a ton of totally ace music released. One of my albums of the year was definitely Undying Thirst by Black Market Brass. A dizzying array of horns, percussion and guitars all jammed into one insane torrent of Funk-laden grooviness.
Some artists are restless. They refuse to stagnate. They’re ever evolving and always growing. Guitarist Alex Skolnick is one of those artists. Most know Alex through his furious work with Heavy Metal band, Testament. Testament, like so many others from the era of 80’s Thrash Metal, are supremely underrated and Alex’s work with the group was and is a huge part of their success and legacy. Never one to settle, Alex went on to became a fantastic Jazz guitarist to boot, and through his work with his trio, Alex has made a lasting impact on Jazz in the same manner that he has on Heavy Metal.
I love Jazz. Over the last few years, I’ve really dug my heels into the genre. As I’ve dug in, I’ve climbed the proverbial “family tree” of the genre, and when I reached the Charles Mingus branch, I found Charles McPherson, one of the best Jazz sax players that you will ever have the pleasure of hearing.
There is a entire generation of amazing Jazz musicians out there today who are making fantastic new and inspired music not only in the vein of their influences, but something entirely fresh and truly invigorating to the long standing canon of Jazz. One of those artists is pianist and vocalist, Champian Fulton.