Our favorite big band is back at it. After a three year hiatus, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society is set to release their third album a week from today, once again on New Amsterdam Records. The LP entitled Real Enemies centers around America’s fascination with conspiracy theories. More on that at a later date. In the meantime, check out the newest single from the record, a song called “Dark Alliance”, for a taste of things to come.
Sideman don’t always get all the praise they deserve. Who else but an ardent jazz fan knows the name of Robert Glasper’s drummer. Which band you ask? Haha! Yes, that was a trick question. Damion Reid has been playing drums in Glasper’s acoustic trio since it’s very inception appearing on the pianist's 2004 Fresh Sound New Talent debut Mood. Since then, the trio’s journey on Blue Note has been well documented with their latest album Covered released just last year. Percussion company Vic Firth recently released a 10 minute artist spotlight on Reid giving us an insightful glimpse into the drummer's universe. You can check that out below.
Jazz musician, DJ and producer Mark de Clive-Lowe never ceases to amaze, constantly pushing the envelope with new and groundbreaking projects. His latest endeavour, #bluenoteremixed vol.1, is a testament to what the famed label means to MdCL. Armed with a crateful of Blue Note vinyls, a drum machine, sample pads, rhodes and keyboards de Clive-Lowe produced, improvised and recorded this 40 minute live-remix mixtape on the fly in one take. The set also features guest cameos from rappers Bambu, John Robinson and Illa J, singer Nia Andrews, bass master Pino Palladino and rare collaborations with infamously elusive saxophonist Nomad Pendergrass. You can stream the project below which is also available as a free download on Bandcamp.
Montreal boasts the world’s largest jazz festival, usually a grandiose and extravagant display featuring some of the world’s brightest jazz (and non-jazz) talent, yet outside those ten summer days, the local jazz scene leaves us wanting more. There are a select few up and coming musicians who show true potential amidst the plethora of students produced by our four universities, yet after a few years in this city these bands seem to lose steam. As the old adage says “To be the best, you gotta beat the best”, or maybe in this case “To be the best, you gotta play with the best.”
New York City is uncontestedly the jazz mecca of the world, yet the number of Montreal musicians attempting the pilgrimage are select and few. Tenor saxophonist Chet Doxas joined the ranks of these courageous few in August 2014. Since establishing himself in the Big Apple, Doxas has been hard at work putting together his own band and writing original music. The band, which features Matthew Stevens on guitar, Zack Lober (another Montreal expat) on bass and Eric Doob on drums, is set to release Rich in Symbols, their Ropeadope debut, in September 2017.