Category Archives: Michael League

On “Wonderbloom,” Becca Stevens Sets Poetic Lyrics to Intricate Dance Grooves (DownBeat, May 2020)

On her new album, singer-songwriter Becca Stevens achieves two things that seem contradictory: accessibility and complexity. My interview with Becca from the May 2020 DownBeat.

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An exciting new jazz songwriter

I caught Alina Engibaryan, a young Armenian-Russian emigre, last night at the Jazz Standard, with a truly all-star band of sax legend Chris Potter, bassist Michael League (her producer), Taylor Eigsti on piano and Kendrick Scott on drums – wow! She occupies the jazz-pop-soul space carved out by artists like Stevie Wonder (think “You’ve Got It Bad, Girl”) and extends it, exploring the jazz implications more deeply. #AlinaEngibaryan #jazz

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Filed under Alina Engibaryan, Chris Potter, Kendrick Scott, Michael League, Taylor Eigsti

5-Star reviews for Becca Stevens and Sarah Siskind in my “Beyond” column (in May 2017 DownBeat)

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March 30, 2017 · 2:21 pm