Around this time last year, pianist Robert Glasper and his experiment of Casey Benjamin on saxophone & vocoder, Derrick Hodge on bass, and Mark Colenburg on percussion released Black Radio 2, the follow-up album to the previous year's Black Radio, this time more pointed in an R&B direction and still evoking the flames Glasper's fans have come to expect from him in his various musical directions. Now a year later, Glasper just released the video for Black Radio 2's first single, "I Stand Alone", featuring verses from Common and a catchy hooking featuring Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump. It's a very well crafted video, with a cool, fuzzy, colorful style to it and filled with special guests like Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Ma Dukes, Dave Chappelle, and many others. Check out the video after the jump.
Much of the attention-grabbing jazz music that is coming out in 2014 is of the boundary-pushing variety, with electronic textures and maybe some rock influence for good measure. There's nothing at all wrong with that - I'm certainly all for a Rhodes piano and solid boom-bap drums. But don't think for a moment that "traditional" jazz with an acoustic setup is dead and has nothing left to say. Look no further than drummer Owen Howard's Drum Lore Vol. 2.
It has long been established that David Bowie can do pretty much whatever he wants. Throughout his storied career, he's moved in numerous artistic directions and worked with various collaborators. For his latest move, a three-disc reverse chronological Best of- collection of his work called Nothing Has Changed, Bowie has enlisted the Maria Schneider Orchestra (with drummer Mark Guiliana!) and his frequent collaborator Tony Visconti for the new song "Sue (Or A Season in Crime)". The song could be called as Rolling Stone called it "epic", and though it is, that's also just the Grammy award-winning composer and arranger Schneider doing her thing. Check out the sweeping tune after the jump.
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The Line-Up for 10 October 2014
"Hallucinations", or "Budo", is a Bud Powell composition...er, a Miles Davis composition. As "Hallucinations", the tune first appeared on Powell's The Genius of Bud Powell as a solo piano vehicle, while it first appeared as "Budo" on Miles' Birth of the Cool, with a nonet. Either way, it's a fun and catchy piece of bop that has been re-visited quite a few times since it first appeared in the early 1950s.