One of our favorite albums of the year so far is definitely vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles' sophomore release, Inner Dialogue. It's a smartly crafted album from an artist with a strong voice and talented collaborators. Charles recently released the video for Inner Dialogue's second single, "Bells" featuring trumpeter/co-producer Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. Watch the video after the jump.
Terence Blanchard has a new band and a new album coming out May 26th on Blue Note. His new quintet, dubbed the E-Collective, features Charles Altura on guitar, Fabian Almazan on piano and synths, Donald Ramsey on bass, and Oscar Seaton on drums. Breathless, the band’s first album together, is dedicated to the memory of Eric Garner. In Blanchard’s own words: “My latest album, Breathless, is my attempt to underscore the three words: ‘I Can't Breathe’. This is our E-Collective version of a protest album, without the firebrand lyrics of Phil Ochs, but in mood and purpose”. This endeavor is accomplished mostly with new Blanchard originals, including the first single “Soldiers” which you can stream below the jump, but also an epic-length piece by Almazan entitled “Everglades”. Rounding out the record is “Shutting Down” written by Blanchard’s son, T. Oliver Blanchard Jr. aka JRei Oliver, and covers of Coldplay’s “Midnight”, Les McCann and Eddie Harris’ “Compared to What” and Hank Williams’ “I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But Time”. Let’s also note multiple guest appearances by PJ Morton, vocalist for Maroon 5, throughout the album. Check out the EPK below as well as the first single, “Soldiers”, complete with track list and upcoming tour dates.
Here’s a brand new Sounds For Sunday playlist for your listening pleasure. This week’s theme is Monk Competition Winners. Check out the set featuring tracks by Marquis Hill, Kris Bowers, Lage Lund, Melissa Aldana, Jon Irabagon, the NEXT Collective (Ben Williams), Tigran Hamasyan, Ambrose Akinmusire, Gretchen Parlato, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Carmen Lundy (Jamison Ross).
You’ve certainly heard of Kris Bowers by now. The young Juilliard graduate won the prestigious 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. He then went on to perform on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne, before joining Concord Record’s NEXT Collective on the 2013 album Cover Art. In 2014, Bowers released his debut Heroes + Misfits, also on Concord, to critical acclaim. For this album, Bowers collaborated with vocalist Julia Easterlin on the track “Forget-Er”. Check out an extended set by the pair filmed last October at the Stockholm Jazz Festival featuring a set list ranging from Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” to Bjork’s “Unison” by way of The Pixies’ “Break My Body” and Laura Mvula’s “Sing to the Moon”. Video courtesy of Arte expires October 30th.