Israeli pianist and New School alumni Yaniv Taubenhouse is set to release his second album following last year’s Fresh Sound New Talent debut Here from There. Moments in Trio Vol. 1, also on Fresh Sound, features a new formation for the pianist with Rick Rosato on bass and Jerad Lippi on drums. The record is set for release September 28th, until then check out the persuasive first two singles, “Migrations”, penned by Rosato and “With You”, a Taubenhouse original composition, as well as a short EPK for the record below the jump. Mr. Taubenhouse, you have our attention. We will be looking forward to Moments in Trio Vol. 1.
Let’s face it, life isn’t always easy. Many of us struggle to make a decent living and have to deal with the daily hardships dealt to us. On top of that we are faced with the atrocities showcased in the news which prove that our society and way of life is deeply ailing. In light of some of the recent events which happened in the US, Erykah Badu decided to drop a mixtape entitled FEEL BETTER, WORLD! … LOVE, MS.BADU along with the following message: “ALL OVER THE GLOBE…KEEP WALKING TALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS. SOMEDAY WE WILL ALL BE FREE. THE WORLD IS IN NEED OF HEALING…. I CAREFULLY AND LOVINGLY SELECTED HIGH FREQUENCY TONES FOR THE SOUL…. PLEASE LISTEN FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. LOVE, ms. badu”. Check out the 1h30 set below the jump which is an ode to Soul, Jazz & Funk.
Pianist Robert Glasper has a new album about with a return to his trio of bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid (some of whose work you can hear streaming for the next few days on my guest hosting of Rhythm Heads, including from the new Glasper album). Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Records takes on songs new and old with Glasper's signature playful fingering on the keys for an altogether pleasant album with unforeseen takes on tunes. Among them is the old standard "Stella By Starlight" which Glasper, Archer, and Reid take for a walk out the park, beyond the fence, out through the parking lot, into the street, down the block a bit, and return back safe and sound, and there's video. Check it out after the jump.
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The Saturday Bridge, the fifth release by British duo Shards of Reason, was released earlier this month, and I'm still not quite sure how to feel about it. With its slightly askew opening sample and acoustic piano sound, "Goodbye, She Said" hits on a deep aesthetic. Then, there are other tracks, such as "I Was Bigfoot's Sex Slave" and "Yo! Punish!", that are so unabashedly corny that they're almost cool. Overall, there's a lot of creativity and experimentation happening, and if you're into electronic music borrowing jazz elements, that makes it worth the listen. Check it out for yourself after the jump.