8-time Grammy nominated saxophonist Kenneth Whalum makes his debut onto the New York jazz scene with a distinctive voice of originality. As a composer, arranger, bandleader, and tenor saxophonist, Whalum released his To Those Who Believe album in 2010 with support from Robert Glasper, Chris “Daddy” Dave and Derrick Hodge. After a brief stay at Atlanta’s historic Morehouse College, he transferred to New York City’s prestigious The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, graduating in May 2008.
At the start of 2014 Whalum teamed up with Big K.R.I.T. on his latest single “Away“. A perfect mix between Jazz and Hip Hop with Kris Bowers on keys and Jamire Williams on drums. We’re looking forward to his upcoming Through Hell & High Water album due later this year.
Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life is an electric band with its inception rooted in the soul music Strickland grew up listening to. Combining the musical stylings of a supergroup of sorts, Twi-Life features legendary trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy, dexterous keyboardist Yuki Hiran, bassist Mark Kelley (The Roots), dynamic drummer Charles Haynes and special guests Jean Baylor (Zhané) & Raydar Ellis. Strickland himself plays the the sax and does the production. The live version of “Inevitable” sounds so amazing thanks to miss Baylor, but remember this is a mere taste of things to come. And I know we’re excited to hear more from this project!
It’s been a while, but today I learned that Moonchild (the trio coming out of L.A.) released another quality album. For those that know about “Be Free”…you are going love their new adventure entitled “Please Rewind”. I never thought I’d appreciate this one as much as their previous album, but I do! Super soulful and jazzy with soothing vocals from the lovely Amber. Something you should definitely get comfy to and purchase.
What can I say about one of Houston’s best kept secrets? I heard about JayLotus in the past, but it wasn’t until today that I realized he and Philippe Edison are the same. The multi-talented Modern Jazz musician gets down on alto sax, tenor sax and piano as well. One of my favorite Edison creations is the Glasper-esque “So Real”, but rest assure there is way more of his incredible music to discover. Visit his Bandcamp and Soundcloud page for more info!
Meet Matthew Kirkis from Melbourne. A multi-talented bassist/producer/writer/painter and mastermind behind the group Kirkis, who’s explosive medley of colour and sound feels like a funky space ballet. This shit is straight bananas…with chocolate pudding on top! Make sure you get into the zone and download “Purplefruit For Xray Vision” for free and keep your ears out for their upcoming “Liverbleech” album that’s set to be released on Eglo Records later this year.
With joy we present to you “Various Assets: New York 2013″ containing exclusive material that was made, during the Red Bull Music Academy, in four early summer weeks in New York City last year. The compilation contains a whopping thirty songs from 62 international participants and a cast of high-profile studio team members. Of course homeboy Dâm-Funk represents the Funk with the mindblower “No More Love”. Also feel free to discover music from August Rosenbaum, Jameszoo, Thundercat and a gang of other musicians for free. Mind you…download at your own risk!
Lately we’ve been on that Funk trip and after some heavy neck brakage to The Boogie, we found ourselves nodding our heads to DOC Mastermind‘s “1985″ album. We’re always to new funkateers and this fella from France is now officially on our radar. The track streamed below, “Avenue d’Italie 2.am”, featuring Monomite reminded us of our buddy Paolo (aka the flute) riding his Vespa in the streets of Italy at night. Make sure you give the entire album (out on Laruche Records) a listen on Bandcamp.
I guess when you see the “Gravity” of an “Epic Lie”, one must eventually come to an “Offering For Anxious”. This is exactly what Diggs Duke is doing next month when he releases his album on Brownswood Recordings. Now the true fans of Mr. Duke will already some of the songs in their possession, but there is enough new material on there to give this a listen. Pre-orders are available here.
One of Japan’s heavyweight players, Jazzy Sport, is releasing a super nice compilation that goes by the name of “Pound For Pound” Vol. 3. Lots of tight producers on there such as DJ Mitsu the Beats, Andres, BudaMunk, Grooveman Spot, Sauce81, Samon Kawamura, Cro-Magnon and many more. A preview of the entire album is available on Jazzy Sport’s Soundcloud page and pre-orders are available right here.