You've heard tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III before. He's played frequently with trumpeters Ambrose Akinmusire, Terence Blanchard & Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah; drummers Kendrick Scott, Terri Lyne Carrington, Eric Harland & Roy Haynes; and is a part of the Next Collective whose Cover Art impressed many a listener last year. Now the 33-year-old Smith is getting ready to release his fourth album as a leader, Still Casual, on September 9th.
If you've been around the block a bit, you may know about the majesty that is Herman Poole Blount, or as he's better known on this planet and others, Sun Ra. This year marks a century since he first landed on this planet from Saturn, and to commemorate such an occasion, Strut Records is releasing a compilation of 25 years of Sun Ra's works, curated by 90-year-old alto-saxophonist Marshall Allen, the longest-living member and current bandleader of Sun Ra's Arkestra. In the Orbit of Ra will be available on 2-CD sets, 2-LP set on vinyl sets, and digitally September 22. Check out a stream of "Plutonium Nights" from the upcoming In the Orbit of Ra after the jump; a mastered recording of the track is available now on iTunes.
Recently, pianist/keyboardist Marco Benevento released his first single from his upcoming album, Swift, out September 16th on the Royal Potato Family label. The single, "At the Show", marks the first time Marco's recorded his vocals for all the word to hear. Now to put things on that next level, he put out a video for the song. Check it out after the jump.
"Woody 'n You" was written in 1943 by Dizzy Gillespie as an homage to Woody Herman (credit where it's due), a clarinet and sax player and band leader. "Woody 'n You" was one of three tunes that Gillespie wrote for Herman, and Herman apparently played the tune live, but its first appearance on record was in 1944, on Coleman Hawkins' recording date. That recording was later added to Hawkins' Rainbow Mist album.