Scott Tixier, 30, from Montreuil, France, plays the violin. His talented quintet consists of harmonica, piano, bass and drums with guests on congas and sax. His Sunnyside Records release takes one on a 'Cosmic Adventure.' He's a rather mystical cat, reminds me, in fact, of a jazz version of Lenny Kravitz.
Big bands are making a comeback, if not on tour because of the expense, at least on record. There's been a slew of such recently and 'Musings' (Sunnyside Records) by the Christopher Zuar Orchestra, is one of the best.
After being robbed of an Oscar nomination by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for his relentless, drums-only soundtrack that helped Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)' win big on Oscar night, drummer/composer/bandleader Antonio Sánchez, 43, has rebounded dramatically with two new jazz releases that stretch boundaries in multiple directions. (Apparently, according to the Academy, Sanchez was disqualified from Oscar contention for his inclusion of "pre-existing classical music.")