Vocalist Gretchen Parlato was the first ever vocalist to be admitted to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. In A Dream is a 10 song EP released in 2009 and features some of her best work. A recent album Live in NYC released in 2013 features some of her In A Dream songs.
Just made available on Spotify, Locations: Poland, the 7th volume in the Locations series continues igniting the flames of jazz passion. Sampling Polish jazz, the Jazz Jousters led by Gadget, embarked on a journey to deliver us a whole project dedicated to one geographical area. Yes, The Jazz Jousters are the first ones to produce a pure album on Poland.
This week’s STERYO Play features music from: Daryl Donald, The Jazz Jousters, Gadget, Lack of Afro, Quickly Quickly, MTBRD, Skinshape, Kenny Segal and many more.
“Within “Mora Tuga”, RUMTUM creates an experience of deep textured beats using himself as the sample source. Using haunting chants, woodwinds, percussion, guitars and synthesizers he layers sounds that conjure a sort of fog that lingers somewhere off in the distance. Welcome to the rainforest on another planet, where beautifully emotive instrumental compositions head-knod as easy as they thought provoke. Much like his print making and illustration work, RUMTUM’s music can be revisited again and again to find new moments of interest and inspiration.”
Oko Ebombo is an international performing artist living and working in Paris. Using combinations of arts, Oko Ebombo Naked Life creates a visual storytelling world that only exist in our imaginations. The good thing is we get to direct those images through the music.
Naked Life is Oko Ebombo’s first EP through indy label POOL. The album was recorded between Portland, London, New York, and Paris between 2012 and 2016.
This live performance is from music out of Téhu debut EP titled Boulevard, produced in collaboration between Unlog, Millennium Jazz Music and Dézuets d’Plingrés.
Album is available on May 1st, 2017, but watch this live performance now. I’m blown away!
“West coast jazz music is alive and well, with many entities in the movement breaking open doors with magnetic force and luminous brilliance. From Kamasi Washington to Terrace Martin and Esperanza Spalding to Miguel Atwood Ferguson, the west coast is bubbling with new energy in the jazz idiom. The voices creating the next wave of timeless music is here and the melting pot of composers leading the charge continues to expand by the year.”
Trumpeter and composer Josef Leimberg launcedh his debut full-length Astral Progressions. After working on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, Leimberg began recording Astral Progressions, a powerfully enlightening jazz fusion album.
Erik Jackson’s Almost Dark goes back to the essence of jazz fusion music production. Dusting off his MPC, Almost Dark goes through the oldest vinyl albums in jazz where he seeks inspiration and wisdom from the legends. Through the 7 month journey, Erik Jackson learns that music never dies therefore his music is a tribute to those who have gone before us.
Listen to this gem – you can start from the top and let it roll.
“There are a few terms that get thrown around loosely, two of which are legend and retro-soul. One of these fits Lee Fields hand and glove, one of these doesn’t fit at all. Very few people in music have both earned the status of legendary and continue to solidify it. 50 years in the game and only getting better, gaining more fans, and evolving his sound on each album, Lee is in fact a Living Legend. This brings us to the misuse of the term “retro-soul” when talking about Mr. Fields. You don’t have to look far to find a younger generation emulating the essence and styles of an era the’ve only experienced through music and movies. It seems unfair to tag Lee with a term that implies imitation when he is part of the generation that actually defined the genre. Plain and simple, this is not that. “Special Night” is a masterclass in soul music past and present.”