This week, I wasn't exactly organized in putting this week's show together, but there have been a few albums that are yet to release that I wanted to finally play on the air that have been rattling around in my head for a while. This week has debuts, I think, so that's something.
The Line-Up for 23 January 2015
We've been waiting for pianist Tigran Hamasyan's upcoming album, Mockroot, for a while now ever since he hinted about it last November when we saw him play in Austin with bassist Arthur Hnatek and drummer Sam Minaie, both of whom are on Tigran's Nonesuch debut. This new video he released showing the behind the scenes process of making this expansive music. There's a lot going on in this music and it's clear here in the making of it, but it's going to be cool to hear how it's all going to turn out February 3. Check out the video after the jump.
You've heard us mention Dylan Maida before, right? Kid from Queens, one third of Pink Ride, mad decent on the keys? He's a young musician with good taste, good hustle, and apparently many hats. Maida just recently posted a solo EP on his Bandcamp titled Wild Bill featuring three original songs and rather groove-centric takes on Kanye West's "Bound 2" and the jazz standard "Alone Together". It's a cool little selection of songs to check out, a blip on your radar to remind you to keep looking out for Dylan Maida. He's going places.
Check out the EP after the jump.
Saxophonist Johnny Butler and drummer Kassa Overall have a good working rapport going. As a duo, they make explosive, jamming music that inhabits the chewy center in the crossing Venn diagram of hip hop, jazz, and electronic music. Last year, Butler's Raise It Up EP was a cool little surprise, and they're back again with a super glitchy video of the pair performing Billy Joel's "Movin' Out" live at New York's Rockwood Music Hall. Check it out after the jump.
Some note hovering between an F and an F# hovered over the Vijay Iyer Trio during their soundcheck before their performance Saturday, January 17th at San Antonio's Carver Community Cultural Center. Bassist Stephan Crump picked out the note, concerned it would float over the night's show like a phantom. Drummer Tyshawn Sorey, in for Marcus Gilmore who was currently in London performing at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards (so he gets a pass), already had snark ready for Facebook later. However, the capable crew of the Carver soldiered through and solved the Case of the Wonky Mix, and a moderate, but dedicated crowd of jazz fans were among the first to hear and purchase the latest music off pianist Vijay Iyer's Break Stuff.