Met Jeff “Tain” Watts on Friday and got him to sign my copies of Citizen Tain and Bar Talk which I bought back when I was still in high school. Let’s just say “Tain” is a seriously cool dude. So in honor of Mr. Watts, I decided this week to do a Sounds For Sunday playlist dedicated to drummers featuring Jamire Williams, Chris Dave, Mark Guiliana, Eric Harland, Clarence Penn, Ari Hoenig, Ziv Ravitz, E.J. Strickland and Brian Blade. Once again, my selections were confined to what is made available on Soundcloud and I chose only songs with drummers as the leader of the band. Hope you dig it.
Matthew Stevens just dropped a new track off Woodwork, his debut as a leader. “Big Feeling” is a bonus track for the Japanese version of the album to be released in May. Also check out “Star L.A.” premiere by Nextbop last month. Woodwork features Stevens on guitar, Gerald Clayton on piano, Vicente Archer on bass, Eric Doob on drums, and Paulo Stagnaro on percussion. The album can be purchased on iTunes now and will be released physically on Whirlwind Records May 26th.
Our Point of View needs no introduction. The Blue Note Supergroup assembled to celebrate the label’s 75th anniversary features all-stars Robert Glasper on keys, Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, Lionel Loueke on guitar, Marcus Strickland on saxophone, Derrick Hodge on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. A lot of you caught their set at Le Poisson Rouge, broadcasted by NPR’s Jazz Night in America, but did any of you see the concert they did at the Blue Note Festival in France? Live from Paris’ famed Olympia Theater catch the 1 hour 40 minutes mind-bending show below the jump. Video, courtesy of Arte, expires May 21st.
This May 5th, LA saxophonist Kamasi Washington hopes to redefine the boundaries of jazz and music in general with his debut on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, entitled The Epic. The album which runs 172-minute long will be released as a three-volume set performed by a 32-piece orchestra and a 20-person choir, with notably Thundercat on bass. Check out the first single from the record, “Re Run Home” below the jump and read more about what inspired the album.