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ERIMAJ - "Angela, Our Cry" (Live) (Stream)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Earlier this week, Jamire dropped another gem on us. Drummer Williams' band, ERIMAJ, posted a new song (written by trombonist and co-musical director Corey King) to their SoundCloud recorded from their recent radio broadcast in Paris some months back. Give it a listen after the jump.

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ERIMAJ - Plants (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

ERIMAJ keeps the dopeness coming with their new video for "Plants" from their album, Conflict of a Man. The video directed by Leron Thomas contains 70s clips which seem to fit well with this band's pastiche. It's a collage of trippy images to match "Plants"'s etheral sound. Check out the video after the jump.

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ERIMAJ Live in Paris (Stream)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

ERIMAJ is taking the globe by storm one continent at a time. During their recent European tour, the group were broadcast live on Paris radio from their gig at Duc des Lombards. Check out their all instrumental set after the break.

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ERIMAJ Cover Stevie Wonder's "Visions"

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

There were moments during ERIMAJ's Conflict of a Man that reminded me a lot of Stevie Wonder. One could note soulful jazz parallels all over the fantastic album which released a couple months ago. Now those feelings are confirmed with this previously unreleased track, the group's version of Stevie Wonder's "Visions". Give it a listen and a download.

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For Your Consideration: ERIMAJ's 'Conflict of a Man'

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Houston-native drummer Jamire Williams gets around a lot. He's part of Christian Scott's quintet. He's part of legendary organist Dr. Lonnie Smith's current trio. He's head of his own group, ERIMAJ. These are collectives with which he has spent quite some time, which means there are a multitude of groups with whom he has grown a clear rapport. In relatively short order these last few months, all three of these groups have released albums that show clear refinement in style from their previous albums. Christian Scott's double-album Christian aTunde Adjuah is literally everything you loved about 2010's Yesterday You Said Tomorrow x 2, showing us a clear continuation of Scott's views on life, love, and the body politik through the prism of this quintet who show even more that they know how to play together with Scott's disparate registers. Dr. Lonnie Smith's The Healer seems to dig even deeper into the soulful roots he has tapped in this career but most certainly after 2010's Spiral. However, in the realm of Williams, nothing else released this year says here's the hot fudge, whipped cream, and sprinkles you've been waiting to add to your sundae than the transition from 2010's Memo to All EP, recorded live in New York mostly, to the newly released Conflict of a Man. For any one group to produce an album so wildly good, tweak itself with age and refinement, and then make the subsequent album even better is a major accomplishment. For Jamire Williams to be the backbone of this happening three times over at least is the literal definition of awesome, for Williams is worthy of such awe, no more better displayed than on his own Conflict of a Man out now on iTunes and Amazon.