Weird happens. It happens all over the place. It happens in nature, it happens in society, it happens most certainly in art. Weirdness definitely happens in jazz, even moreso when the instruments are electric. Dr. MiNT -- the decade-old quintet of trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom, saxophonist Gavin Templeton, guitarist Alexander Noice, bassist Sam Minaie, and drummer Caleb Dolister -- is most certainly in the weird category. Their latest album, Voices in the Void, is proof of this.
Two of the brothers Bruner are both soon to release new albums. While drummer/Grammy winner Ronald Bruner Jr. will be releasing his debut album, Triumph on March 3rd, the talk of the town is, of course, bassist Thundercat who is set to release his third album, Drunk, on February 24 on Brainfeeder. It's an album featuring Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Kamasi Washington, and, of course , Flying Lotus. Heck, the first single features his inspirations Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. Check it out after the jump.
For whatever reason, the UK Jazz scene has never been fully embraced by Americans. Aside from being embarrassingly narrow-minded of us, this exclusionary mindset has resulted in our missing out on some truly noteworthy modern jazz. Subterranea is the debut album from six piece ensemble Mosaic, led by 2015 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize winner and British vibraphonist Ralph Wyld. A unique and at times chaotic album, it is one that deserves to be heard and discussed.
Barry Goettl, host of evölve, asked me to fill in for his two hour show. It's a more structured deal -- it runs through the JazzWeek albums charts and features an album every show (I decided to feature Matt Mayhall's Tropes) -- and it's twice as long as my show. It's usually a challenge for me to program a two hour show but I stepped up to the task and had a good time.
Evölve for 21 January 2017
I've been rather personally dejected lately and this show was on Inauguration Day, which many people, including myself, didn't find to be the most inspiring of occasions. Nevertheless, the show must go on. In fact, it being here is a respite, so I'm glad the show is here and that there's still art to lift our spirits from time to time. I have to keep reminding myself of that. Thankfully my Fridays (and your Mondays) do that for me to a certain degree.
The Line-Up for 20 January 2017