It was announced this week that Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, will premiere as the closing film at the New York Film Festival. So I decided to dedicate this week’s Sounds For Sunday playlist to the man, the legend, that was Miles Davis. Check out a one hour set of tracks and remixes by Ski Beatz featuring Nesby Phips, Synthesthetics, DJ Krush, BorderLiners, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Bruno Heinen, Donny McCaslin and Max Petersen, Marcus Miller featuring Sean Jones, and Jah-Dee below the jump.
Haven't had the chance to do a Sounds For Sunday playlist in a bit. Been working like a dog at my day job. In celebration of this, I decided to kick things off with "Work Song" and the rest organically flowed from there. Check it out. Some is jazz, some isn't. Featuring Sammy Davis Jr. & Count Basie, Ellie Goulding, Artie Shaw & Helen Forrest, Gregory Porter, Sam Smith, The Lost Fingers, Robert Glasper & Yasiin Bey, ERIMAJ, NEXT collective, BADBADNOTGOOD, Maria Neckam, Aidan Carroll, Kamasi Washington and Nat King Cole. Hope you dig it!
This week’s Sounds For Sunday playlist has the purpose of giving you a glimpse into some of the acts you’ll probably want to go see at this year’s Montreal Jazz Festival which begins in just a few days. Check out music by Theo Croker, Marc Cary, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, Phronesis, Omer Avital, Avishai Cohen, Gilad Hekselman, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Guillaume Martineau. Concert dates for each artist are at the bottom of the post.
I was deeply saddened on Tuesday to hear about the passing of former Blue Note president and CEO Bruce Lundvall, who helmed the legendary label for 25 years from its revival in 1984. I was fortunate enough to meet the man in 2009 when he received the inaugural Bruce Lundvall Award given since then by the Montreal International Jazz Festival to a prominent non-musician who has left a mark on the world of jazz or contributed to its development, whether through the media, concert or record industry. Don’t ask me how but Justin, Nextbop’s other co-founder, somehow managed to get us an audience with Mr. Lundvall. I will always remember how polite he was and how interested in our naive aspirations he remained giving us tidbits of advice on how to proceed with our website, which we had just launched a few days earlier. I couldn’t believe that the revered president of Blue Note Records took time, in all humility, to sit down with a pair of 23 year old dreamers and truly treated them as equals. “Bruce was a one-of-a-kind, larger-than-life human being,” said Don Was, current Blue Note President. “His Joie de Vivre was equaled only by his love for music, impeccable taste and kind heart. He will be sorely missed by all of us who loved and admired him but his spirit will live forever in the music of Blue Note Records”. Mr. Lundvall, our deepest most sincere condolences go to your family and friends and we truly thank you for the remarkable and unprecedented legacy you have left behind, contributing to making jazz the exciting music it is today. This week’s Sounds For Sunday playlist was curated in you honor featuring music produced during your time overseeing Blue Note. Hear tracks by Norah Jones, Aaron Parks, Robert Glasper, Jacky Terrasson, Michel Petrucciani, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Stanley Jordan, Bobby McFerrin & Chick Corea, Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, Jason Moran and Madlib after the break. In lieu of flowers, Bruce’s family requests that a donation be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
New Sounds For Sunday playlist on the theme of jazz standards. Hear renditions of some of your favorite standards interpreted by Terence Blanchard, Aaron Goldberg, Jason Parker, Petros Klampanis, Aaron Parks, Marcus Strickland, Louis Fouché, Clarence Penn, and Gerald Clayton.