Barry Goettl, host of evölve, asked me to fill in for his two hour show. It's a more structured deal -- it runs through the JazzWeek albums charts and features an album every show (I decided to feature Matt Mayhall's Tropes) -- and it's twice as long as my show. It's usually a challenge for me to program a two hour show but I stepped up to the task and had a good time.
Evölve for 21 January 2017
I've been rather personally dejected lately and this show was on Inauguration Day, which many people, including myself, didn't find to be the most inspiring of occasions. Nevertheless, the show must go on. In fact, it being here is a respite, so I'm glad the show is here and that there's still art to lift our spirits from time to time. I have to keep reminding myself of that. Thankfully my Fridays (and your Mondays) do that for me to a certain degree.
The Line-Up for 20 January 2017
Last year, the always vibrant, visionary saxophonist Charles Lloyd and his group The Marvels released their album, I Long to See You, on Blue Note. It's an amazing album and the group of guitarist Bill Frisell, pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland completely kill live. For a most fitting example, Lloyd released this live recording of them performing Bob Dylan's "Masters of War" at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, California on November 28 featuring Lucinda Williams on vocals. The song has always been weighty, and these folks play it extra heavy, but Lloyd wanted to make sure this version got out today on this particularly solemn American Presidential Inauguration Day. Check out the stream of the song (which is also available for download) and Lloyd's statement after the jump.
A new Kneebody album is cause for celebration, that and probably fanatical dancing. The rambunctious quintet consisting of Ben Wendel on tenor sax, Shane Endsley on trumpet, Adam Benjamin on keyboards, Kaveh Rastegar on bass, and Nate Wood on drums (when they aren't multi-tasking, of course) are getting ready to release their next album, Anti-Hero, on March 3rd on Motéma Music. In fact, the first single, "Uprising", is available for download now when you pre-order the album on iTunes. Check it out after the jump; like many things involving this band, you shouldn't sleep on this.
Singer José James is changing tack. James has always had every ingredient of soul in his sound, so for him to embrace R&B in his upcoming album, Love in a Time of Madness isn't too far-fetched a notion. For example, check out the video for the first single, "Always There". José James is large; he contains multitudes; he wants to dance. Check it out after the jump.