Ever dreamed of assembling the All-Madden team of contemporary jazz musicians? Well Blue Note Records beat you to the punch. Our Point Of View, comprised of Robert Glasper on keys, Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, Lionel Loueke on guitar, Marcus Strickland on saxophone, Derrick Hodge on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums, performed four concerts together in 2014 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Blue Note. The last of these concerts took place at Le Poisson Rouge on December 12th 2014, and luckily for us was videotaped by NPR’s Jazz Night In America. Catch the one hour set of mind-bending music below the jump, in which the band performs an original from each of the six musicians. But hurry! The video expires in one week!
A few weeks ago, Dave King, drummer of the renowned The Bad Plus, broke the jazz Twitterverse (Did you get that Kim Kardashian reference? Did you?) by debuting a series of drum instructional videos titled 'Rational Funk'. The profanity-laden (censored with bleeps of course), crazy, over-the-top videos are simply MacArthur worthy genius. Dave King blabbers on hilariously not only about playing the drum but also about general life skills you need to acquire as well as tips on how to succeed in the music industry, all this with a knack for pop culture references. "I knew there was more I could do with YouTube than just watching old SCTV clips on tour," says King. "Unless I get better at Minecraft, makeup tutorials, or un-boxing a Samsung Galaxy, I feel like sharing what I've learned about a life in music is the best way for me to 'give back' while also hopefully making some gas money off pre-roll trailers for Michael Bay movies." Check out the eight released ‘Rational Funk’ videos below the jump (episode one has 20,000 views so you know it’s good!).
Last week, we posted a set from the Felix Pastorius Social Experiment live in New York at APAP. It was a cool set and Felix Pastorius on bass with Chris Ward on saxophone in any configuration are always something to hear. So video of Pastorius, Ward, and drummer Kenny Grohowski performing last week in California while in town for the National Association of Music Merchants conference (which had every musician you know out on the West Coast hanging out and playing jams with new gear) is just what the doctor ordered. This trio set is a real potboiler, and it's honestly really cool to hear a Pastorius play "(Used to Be a) Cha-Cha" again. That and the closer, "Prime", is a sneak thief, grabbing your attention before you ever realized you had given it over completely. Check out video of their set after the jump.
Fresh Cut Orchestra led by trumpeter Josh Lawrence, bassist Jason Fraticelli, and drummer Anwar Marshall are a group whose music is as rife with love and affection as it is with vibrant creative ideas. Their new album, From the Vine, comprised mostly of Jason Fraticelli's "Mothers' Suite" gathers together so many elements of the jazz genre to make an album that's pulls everything together for an altogether pleasant listen. The album drops next month on Ropeadope Records but you can start to hear drips and drabs of it across the internet. Our friends at Revive Music recently premiered the video for the first part of the "Mothers' Suite", "Birth of a Child, Birth of Mom". Today, we're premiering the video for part 2, "Mother's Love". Check out the video for this Latin-tinged song (it's got some spice to it) after the jump.
This week, I wasn't exactly organized in putting this week's show together, but there have been a few albums that are yet to release that I wanted to finally play on the air that have been rattling around in my head for a while. This week has debuts, I think, so that's something.
The Line-Up for 23 January 2015