Whether it’s the cynicism that comes from living in the shadow of Hollywood or the crushing boredom of it being sunny all the time, there’s something about Southern California that makes it a haven for goths. That morbid streak runs throughout the self-titled full-length from L.A. Witch, a garage-rock trio whose music sounds like it should be blaring from a ghostly Thunderbird as it disappears into the midnight mist.
Deep in a Dream was the jazz event of 2006 in France; alto saxophonist Pierrick Pedron and the album were showered with prizes and dominated journalists' "best-of lists. The explanation that everyone gives for their high marks is surprisingly guileless: the story they tell is one of an emerging figure of the French scene flying to New York City, alto under his arm, to lead a date featuring heavyweights Lewis Nash and (especially) Mulgrew Miller, and triumphing on jazz's home turf.
Colors of a Dream is the sixth HighNote Records album by trumpeter-composer Tom Harrell, featuring two basses played by Ugonna Okegwo and Esperanza Spalding, with the latter doubling on vocal, Jaleel Shaw on alto saxophone, Wayne Escoffery on tenor saxophone, and Johnathan Blake on drums. According to JazzTimes, this album deviates from Harrell's previous works. The use of piano is absent, and the three horns often play in block-chord formation. There are hints of Latin jazz, R&B and indie-rock. According to the review, "Colors of a Dream may deviate, but it never disappoints."