Saxophonist Charles Lloyd’s quartet, with Gerald Clayton on piano, Joe Sanders on bass, and Eric Harland on drums, played the Umea Jazz Festival in Sweden this past October 25. Of course you want to listen - check it out after the jump.
Last month, we were all shocked and swept away hearing David Bowie and the Maria Schneider Orchestra team up for "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)", a new song that's on Bowie's new three-disc best of collection, Nothing Has Changed. In that time, the song in all its glory has been scrubbed from YouTube (looks like we'll all just have to buy it legitimately and support creative work, phooey), but you can still hear the BBC Radio rip and purchase the album at Bowie's very cool Nothing Has Changed website. You can also check out the song in a somewhat less grandiose but still pretty boss manner with the new video for it after the jump.
When Hiatus Kaiyote sprung forth from Australia with the Grammy-nominated Tawk Tomahawk in 2011, there was nary a person who didn't take notice at this quartet's soulful sounds. The group has been touring the globe since then (their first performance outside the US was actually at Nextbop's day party at SXSW two years ago where some of this new material I'm about to mention may have reared its head), playing songs new and old. Finally, the group is about to release some new music. Coming December 2, Hiatus Kaiyote is releasing a new EP, By Fire. They just put up a sampler of the EP on their Soundcloud. This comes before their sophomore album, Choose Your Weapon, which drops March 31. Check out what's to come after the jump.
Guitarist Wayne Krantz gets loose with it. For the last five years, his work as a leader with his trio including bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Keith Carlock has integrated these mens disparate backgrounds rooted in jazz but pliable to rock contexts. They're the modern sessionists able to get down and Krantz' latest album, Good Piranha/Bad Piranha, proves it. The album tackles Thom Yorke’s "Black Swan", Ice Cube’s "My Skin is My Sin", Pendulum’s "Comprachicos", and M.C. Hammer’s "U Can’t Touch This" twice over, plumbing the depths of these songs and at points rendering them practically unrecognizable. For the first run through the songs, Kneebody's Nate Wood joins the fun on bass for the first half of the album and on drums for the second half when the four songs spring forth anew. Interspersed through the songs are vocals from Argentinian singer Gabriela Anders, giving just the right soft touches to these jams. It's honestly a fascinating take on these songs and on the album form. Check out one of Krantz & Co's take on "U Can't Touch This" after the jump.