16 July 2018 Darby
Rex Richardson review in The Brass Herald: excerpt: “…you simply won’t find a better trumpet CD released in 2018! Among the frequent fireworks, outstanding high register and sumptuous tone, it contains some of the finest vocal playing I have heard on disc. Listening to Rex on this recording is simply a joy and a pleasure!”
25 June 2018 Darby
Midwest Record by Chris Spector: MICHIKA FUKUMORI/Piano Images – “The jazzy lady once again gives you all you need with just her and her piano. Going solo on a set of mostly originals can be daunting but she’s more than up for the challenge. A supremely enjoyable piano romp, these new tunes make themselves right at home in no time and become harder and harder to resist with each new playing. Well done.”
15 June 2018 Darby
FROM CD HOT LIST: Each volume in this series so far has earned a Rick’s Pick designation, and the streak continues. New Jazz Standards is the title of a collection of compositions by the great jazz trumpeter Carl Saunders, and on the third installment in this series of recordings drawing from that collection we have a stellar trio led by pianist Roger Kellaway and also featuring bassist Jay Leonhart and drummer’s drummer Peter Erskine. It may seem slightly arrogant for a composer to refer to his own pieces as “new standards,” but honestly, if he didn’t do it himself everyone else would: these are tunes with the kind of rich melodic appeal and timeless, straight-ahead structure that characterizes all of the traditional jazz standards, and it’s difficult to imagine a more compelling advocate for them than Kellaway.