Bassist Ben Allison has been a force on the music scene, not only because of his musical prowess (most recently exhibited in his outstanding album, The Stars Look Very Different Today) but also in his work as an advocate for musicians. So posting a simple little video of his band performing last year at New York's Joe's Pub has a few more peccadilloes than a mere embed. Read Allison's essay about his YouTube experiment at his website. In the meantime, watch his stellar band play "Roll Credits" after the jump.
I'm only thinking about a ticking clock as each day surges toward our Jazz for the Masses party on Wednesday, March 12th during South by Southwest. It's honestly most of what's on my mind lately, but this week's show must go on and there are plenty of debuts this week on the show. It's almost as exciting as a day of awesome performances. Almost.
The Line-Up for 28 February 2014
The video below is largely a clip of drummer Anton Eger working out the outstanding closing solo of "Wings 2 the Mind" from their new live album, Life to Everything. It's one of the more impressive moments of the album and well worth the price of admission. The Scandinavian trio which also includes bassist Jasper Høiby and pianist Ivo Neame have been favorites of ours at Nextbop, a trio that lives just suitably enough outside the pocket. They're a marvel in the studio and, as their new album can attest, even more of a delight live. Check out the preview video for Life to Everything after the jump.
You’ll want to open your eyes and ears to Takuya Kuroda’s recent album release, Rising Son, on Blue Note records. Your ears have hopefully had a chance to check out Kuroda on trumpet, joined by Kris Bowers on keyboards, Solomon Dorsey on bass, Corey King on trombone, and Nate Smith on drums (the album also includes a few guest spots from Jose James [in addition to him producing the whole album] and Lionel Loueke). Now your eyes can have a look at the video for the album’s title track, after the jump.
It's been a good five or six years since drummer Brian Blade last released an album with his Fellowship Band, 2008's Seasons of Change. This isn't to say the man hasn't been busy; just last year alone he was on one of the most heralded albums of the year, the Wayne Shorter Quartet's Without a Net, Iron and Wine's impression of the band America, Ghost on Ghost, Joshua Redman's Waking Shadows (i.e. Brad Mehldau's Highway Rider 2: Somber Boogaloo), and many others. It's a pretty good run, to say the least. The guy keeps a lot on his plate and he's got the talent to do it. So it's very much a welcome surprise that 2014 will mark a return to this group of Jon Cowherd on piano, Myron Walden on alto saxophone, Melvin Butler on tenor saxophone, Chris Thomas on bass, and Marvin Sewell on guitar with a new album out April 29th called Landmarks on Blue Note Records. Check out a premiere of "He Died Fighting" from the album after the jump.