Pianist Jason Moran and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello have for the last few years been working on one of Moran's big ideas-- the changing of the performance aspect of jazz. In that endeavor, the two have been reworking the music of Fats Waller, itself already inherently lending itself to dance, and performing it as a dance party. The various shows Moran has put on have been uproariously fun affairs, and now he's bringing the whole shindig to your earlobes in his upcoming Blue Note release, All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller, out September 16th.
He just released the video and stream (with download available for purchase at iTunes. Check it out after the jump.
Your favorite Tulsa-based trio is back at it. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (Brian Haas on keys, Chris Combs on guitar, lap steel, and synths, and Josh Raymer on drums) just announced that their new album Worker will be released on October 14, 2014. Based on the sound of "Betamax" (check it out below, after the jump), Worker will contain more electronic textures than this version of JFJO have explored in the past, with Haas' Moog keyboard and Combs' synths being pretty prominent here.
Among pop music writers, Stevie Wonder's tunes are definitely some of the most often-covered by jazz musicians, and it's not for nothing - they're great tunes. I've looked at a number of versions of "Isn't She Lovely" in a previous column, The SFJAZZ Collective has made an album of Stevie Wonder tunes, as did Madlib under his Yesterday's New Quintet guise and The Deep Blue Organ Trio. In this column, I'll look at a few different versions of Stevie Wonder's "Golden Lady", off of his 1973 album Innervisions.
Looking on the other side of the coin, as we announed earlier this week, drummer Mark Guiliana is releasing a pair of albums on September 2-- the personal My Life Starts Now and the improvised Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations, the latter of which features Tim Lefebvre on bass, Jeff Babko on keyboards, and Troy Zeigler on electronics all improvising together throughout a one-day session with no overdubs. Check out three songs from the album after the jump. They'll all be available for download with a pre-order on iTunes (starting next Tuesday, August 19th along with My Life Starts Now) His other album, Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations will also release the same day. Check out the title track to My Life Starts Now after the jump.