Comedian H. Jon Benjamin is releasing a jazz album this week on Sub Pop Records. The album features Scott Kreitzer on saxophone, David Finck on bass, Jonathan Peretz on drums, and Benjamin on piano. H. Jon Benjamin does not know how to play the piano.
There's something easy to connect to with this band, something pure and simple and engrossing, something universal. Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet, the Bakersfield, California, quartet of Jordan Aguirre on electric guitar & organ, Andrew Koeth on electric bass & organ, Brenndan Morlan on electric guitar & electric bass, and Alex Sarad on drums & percussion, have been working together for five years now, syncing up and making sweet vibes. Yet their new album, 2, produced by Chris Schlarb, a man who certainly knows how to put out a spiritual groove, is a complete and utter delight that cannot be denied.
I corralled a lot of very new music together while heading to the radio station to put this show together this week. It felt a little exhilarating moving so fast and being so productive and working down to the wire on this one, and I think it's a damn fine hour.
The Line-Up for 20 November 2015
As the release of Through Hell & High Water, the impending sophomore album from saxophonist Kenneth Whalum III, grows nearer, eyes and ears are finally appropriately gathering. Whalum recently posted his latest single, "Ghost Town" to his website, a somber song that also features Whalum on vocals, which is a bit of a pleasant surprise. Check it out after the jump.
Trumpeter Erik Truffaz has always had a continental approach. He is French, after all, and his career has kept his recordings on that side of the pond. Yet his chill vibe has always been something desireable, perhaps even seek for importing. So for Europeans, a new album from Truffaz and his quartet of bassist Marcello Guiliana, pianist, Benoit Corboz, and drummer Arthur Hnatek is cause for excitement couched in chillness. The new album, Doni Doni, inspired by Malian music and featuring vocals from Rokia Traoré and Oxmo Puccino, has the same vibe Truffaz has always maintained but has a little more of that continental vibe. Check out the first single, "Djiki'n" featuring the aforementioned coos of Rokia Traoré after the jump.