The trio of pianist/keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Panagiotis Andreou, and drummer Mark Guiliana are some of the most fascinating musicians in the jazz world. Now Vs. Now is a thumping force that's super fun to listen to. They're like a storm in the form of three people, but they can go even further as an eleven-piece ensemble. Jason Lindner's Breeding Ground is that ensemble, taking that same adventurous spirit and blowing it all up in a big band format and keeping the groove. It's been a group Lindner has been working with for twenty years now and they're set to release a debut album early next year, but not before they play a gig in New York (where else?) on December 3rd at Brooklyn's National Sawdust, their first gig in two years since 2013's Winter Jazz Fest. Since we all can't be in New York for that, Lindner posted two songs -- the somber and soothing "5am Again" and the pulsating "Sparkle Wolf" -- on the Now Vs. Now Soundcloud page. Give them a listen after the jump.
Keyboardist Jason Lindner's group Now Vs Now just laid a new video on us. Watch the trio of Lindner on keys, Panagiotis Andreou on bass & vocals, and Mark Guiliana on drums play "Big Pump" live at New York's ShapeShifter Lab after the jump.
Jason Lindner just posted some videos on the Twitter and Facebook pages for Now Vs. Now. Like... a lot of videos. Like a full damn concert's worth of new and old material alike from this past May in Muri, Switzerland. This should hopefully hold us all over until the new album drops (yes, the world is still waiting). Check it all out, or maybe just one or two videos. They're in delectable little bites.
Under the cover of night, Jason Lindner uploaded a new track to his SoundCloud, a Latin jazz/spoken word collaboration with poet/rapper Chilo titled "They Came from the Land of Borinquen". The song, commissioned by and Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for the Musica Nueva 5: Big Band Poetry Jam and Beyond, will be performed by the orchestra on May 11 & 12 at Symphony Space in New York.
Things were cool when Jason Lindner performed at 92Y Tribeca last week with Now Vs. Now. He was going to continue being his usual awesome self and make spectacular, electronic jazz that goes in all sorts of different directions. We were going to get a new album somewhere down the line and all would be well, but then Lindner under the helm of 2011 MacArthur grant recipient drummer Dafnis Prieto working alongside emcee Kokayi just unveiled the EPK for the Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio album. That's when things got kicked up to a whole 'nother level.