How does one easily express a larger idea? It's been three years since keyboardist Eddie Moore and his group the Outer Circle released The Freedom of Expression, and now the building of new, impressionable material for the next one had to commence. Glimmers showed up in live performances over three years and now is the time for this collection of songs circulated around the sprawling but regal song triptych that is "Kings and Queens" have proven that it may have taken some doing to get here but their ever-present soulfulness in their play always makes it sound easy.
Once again, it's time for the KRTU membership drive and I'm getting prepared for a season of asking for support. Though, I would think the work we do at KRTU merits your support, right? These are folks who present this music and that has to happen somehow, doesn't it?
The Line-Up for 21 October 2016
New York based Dutch saxophonist Ben Van Gelder’s newest album is on its way. Among Verticals features usual cast members vibraphonist Peter Schlamb, bassist Rick Rosato, drummer Craig Weinrib, and pianist Sam Harris augmented by the arrival of tenor saxophonist Kyle Wilson and trumpeter Philip Dizack. Among Verticals is inspired by František Kupka’s painting “Mme Kupka among Verticals”.
Yesterday, one of three songs from the late David Bowie's Blackstar sessions -- the ones featuring saxophonist Donny McCaslin, keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Mark Guiliana -- started floating around. These are songs that didn't quite make the album but will appear on the cast recording of Bowie's last play, Lazarus, which releases tomorrow. Check out one of those songs below, "Killing a Little Time", and be on the lookout for McCaslin's new album, Beyond Now, out now on Motéma, while you're at it (but we'll talk more about that later).
Aviation Trio (drummer Jeremy Jones, bassist Alex Dyring, and pianist Shawn Schlogel) have produced a new EP, Lookout Point Session, that is full of strong grooves, great playing, and fun compositions. In short, here’s what modern jazz can do. The 3-song EP from the Seattle-based trio has the requisite Dilla-inspired drum grooves and hip-hop/soul-inspired compositions that one might expect from a group of young musicians in 2016, but this trio pulls it off in a way that few others can.