John Hollenbeck – “Songs We Like a Lot” (CD Review)

Songs We Like a Lot John Hollenbeck Sunnyside CD Theo Bleckmann and Kate McGarry, vocals; Uri Caine, piano and organ; Frankfurt Radio Big Band A follow up to 2013’s Grammy-nominated Songs I Like a Lot, Songs We Like a Lot finds John Hollenbeck’s creativity surging. His originals are intricate charts that are navigated with assurednessContinue reading “John Hollenbeck – “Songs We Like a Lot” (CD Review)”

A Clear Midnight: Bleckmann and Hülsmann

Pianist Julia Hülsmann and vocalist Theo Bleckmann join forces on A Clear Midnight: Kurt Weill and America, a new recording for ECM Records. Joined by trumpeter and flugelhornist Tom Arthurs, bassist Marc Muellbauer, and drummer Heinrich Köbberling, they present renditions of Weill’s later songs alongside Hülsmann’s settings of poems by Walt Whitman. In addition to lesser known examples from the Weill canon, there areContinue reading “A Clear Midnight: Bleckmann and Hülsmann”