Sherman plays percussion, drums and vibes but claims that his first and main love is piano. Here he has lined up a strong hard-bop combo with musicians of contrasting styles for plenty of variety…
Derek Ansell, Jazz Journal (UK), 21 Nov., 2019
Erin McDougald is a big-voiced Chicago-based singer who calls herself the “Flapper Girl” after the “flappers” of the 1920s,’ looking back on them as emancipated, fearless women. That identity carries into her singing which comes across with a confidence and flair you rarely hear among younger jazz vocalists today. With her voice carrying a low, sultriness mixed with jazzy flexibility, she does not overtly sound like any of the great singers of the past but she has a versatility and freedom that, at various times, can recall Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald or Chris Connor.
Most of the songs on her CD are familiar standards but the arrangements, most of which McDougald worked on, rework them and give them new life.
Read the full review at All About Jazz
It’s not the job of liner notes to critically appraise the recording for which they were written. Liner notes are supposed to be laudatory, occasionally hagiographic, but they’re never meant to critique. That’s the job of the review. Reviews don’t make good liner notes and vice versa. Exceptions prove rules, however. So congratulations must go to Arturo O’Farrill, because his excellent liner notes for the debut album from pianist Jeff Holmes’ Quartet—the equally excellent Of One’s Own—could readily serve as a review.
After more than a quarter-century with various vocal groups, including the fine, retro-fitted female trio String of Pearls, jazz educator and vocal therapist Holli Ross has pulled an Annie Ross and delivered her first solo album. Ross’ voice suggests a star sapphire: deep, indigo-hued and immaculately pure, yet shot through with a captivating smokiness.