I have to admit I was reticent about this one at first. Daniel Rosenboom’s Astral Transference & Seven Dreams is billed as “blending the rhythmic counterpoint and morphing development of minimalism with the explosive freedom of creative improvisation, and the dynamic interplay of jazz with the timbral range of contemporary classical chamber music, Astral Transference & Seven Dreams are swirling, psychedelic and totally immersive sonic experiences”.
I hadn’t heard of David Lyttle before I contacted Lyte Records, the label he runs, regarding Aidan Carroll’s Original Vision. Since then I’ve been following Lyte Records on Twitter and noticed tweets about Lyttle’s new release Faces which I didn’t pay much attention to until yesterday when he mentioned a collaboration with legendary rapper Talib Kweli. I headed over to Lyte Records’ YouTube channel and found the following four gems off Lyttle’s Faces.
Our friends from Australia, Hiatus Kaiyote, are preparing to release their sophomore album, Choose Your Weapon, on May 5. Based on what the world has heard after their By Fire EP that they dropped last year, this next album should be a doozy, fully worthy of all the attention and praise their debut album, the Grammy-nominated Tawk Tomahawk, garnered. They just released the first single from the new album, "Breathing Underwater" this week. Give it a listen after the jump.
Bandleader/composer Darcy James Argue's latest album, 2013's Brooklyn Babylon, was an impressive album, melding his ornate sense of big band songwriting with narrative elements to bring the work of Danijel Zezelj to life. Now, Argue has gussied up the sheet music so it actually looks presentable and has made all 277 pages of the score available for free at the sheet music section of the Secret Society website. Getting the chance to plumb the depths of this work is a pretty cool move, especially when Argue took the time to edit all this music for us. That's definitely worth a tax-deductable donation. Just saying. Check out the album's score and more at DJA's Secret Society site and spin Brooklyn Babylon one more time after the jump.
Progressive power jazz trio Myriad3, out of Toronto, released their sophomore album The Where last June on Alma records. It got a few plays on Anthony’s The Line-Up upon release, but it hadn’t come to my attention before the band released a video clip for the single “der Trockner” about a month ago. This led me to obtaining the album which features Chris Donnelly on piano, Dan Fortin on bass and Ernesto Cervini on drums. The Where is an interestingly crafted album which shows true potential and maturity for the relatively young band. Reminiscent of The Bad Plus, e.s.t., Vijay Iyer and even Brad Mehldau, the trio nonetheless showcases a compelling range of emotions and styles from the explosive “First Flight” and “Brown” to the soothing “Strong One” by way of the humorous “Bebob Medley” and the contemplative “The Where” and “Don’t You Think”. This album is well worth listening to and we will surely be looking forward to this band’s next release. In the mean time, check out the EPK and the video clip for the single “der Trockner” below the jump.