I have had Linda May Han Oh's "Lucid Lullaby" off her upcoming album, Walk Against Wind, stuck in my head for the last five days. While it still seems a tad too early for me to write up a fawning review about the Greenleaf Music release dropping April 14th, and it will be absolutely fawning, I can at least try to relate to as many people in my orbit about the hypnotic nature of this repeating phrase, the resonance of Oh's bass, the chirpy intermingling of Ben Wendel's saxophone, the edgy groove of Matt Stevens' guitar. In this 2015 live recording from the 2015 Winter Jazz Fest, Rudy Royston is here on drums as opposed to the new album version's Justin Brown, making for a gentler roll and a somewhat less rambunctious closing solo, while still being a true marvel on the kit with his own share of explosive moments. I'll have more to say as April 14th approaches, but in the meantime, catch my current obsession after the jump.
Back in November, we hipped you to the California quintet DD Horns led by trumpeter Danny T. Levin & tenor saxophonist David Moyer. The group is releasing their debut self-titled album at their Bandcamp where you can pay any price this week. The album produced by Chris Schlarb and recorded in one shot with no overdubs is a tight affair with a good deal of groove.
I've been seriously dragging on my work on Jazz for the Masses V, but March 15th presses forward and this week's Line-Up rolls out just about all the folks playing in two weeks. Also, new Linda Oh & Thundercat!
The Line-Up for 24 February 2017
We've made rumblings of it over the last few weeks, trying to get all the details in order, and when it comes to putting on an event during Austin, Texas' hectic South by SouthWest festival, there are always details to put in order, but it's time to make known that Nextbop's fifth annual Jazz for the Masses unofficial day party during the South by SouthWest music festival will be taking place Wednesday, March 15th, from 1-7pm at El Sapo Botanas and Burgers at 1900 Manor Rd with performances from Braxton Cook, The Project H, The Whale, Troker, and NORI featuring vocalist Akina Adderley.
We've already made note about how excited we are for Kneebod's dope new album, Anti-Hero, dropping March 3rd on Motéma. As the quintet continues touring and general mustering of enthusiasm for the new album, they've also just released the studio session video for the song "Uprising". Check it out after the jump.