French electronic artist St Germain, né Ludovic Navarre, has signed to Nonesuch Records and will be ending a 15 year hiatus on October 9, 2015, with the release of a new self-titled album. St Germain, whose critically acclaimed Blue Note Records release Tourist sold over 3 million copies worldwide in 2000 (who can forget the iconic “Rose Rouge”), has unleashed the first single from the record upon us. “Real Blues” features a vocal sample from Lightnin’ Hopkins’ "You Caused My Heart to Weep" and instrumental contributions from Brazilian percussionist Jorge Bezerra, Malian kora player Mamadou Cherif Soumano, Malian guitarist and n’goni player Guimba Kouyate, and keyboardist and longtime St Germain collaborator Didier Davidas, from Martinique. Check it out below the jump and note that the track is available to download now with pre-orders of the album on iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store.
Last week’s Sounds For Sunday playlist featured Monk Competition Winners. This week I decided to opt for MacArthur Fellows, aka the Genius Grant. Hear tracks by Max Roach, Ken Vandermark, Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer, Dafnis Prieto, John Zorn, Steve Lacy, Miguel Zenon, Ornette Coleman, Regina Carter and Meredith Monk. And for all you Cecil Taylor fans out there, my apologies. Couldn’t find any of his music on Soundcloud...
Pianist Dan Tepfer seems to always choose the road less travelled by. The young Lee Konitz protégé is just as comfortable in duo format with the master saxophonist or with multi-instrumentalist Ben Wendel as he is with a trio. In 2011, Tepfer took on the audacious and ambitious task of not only recording Bach’s famed Goldberg Variations but also improvising Variations to the Variations, all in solo format. This is the project which he brought to the London Jazz Festival last November. Catch his one hour and a half set below the jump. Video courtesy of Arte expires December 1st.
Pianist Shai Maestro, formerly of the Avishai Cohen trio, is set to release his third album as a leader since leaving the famed bassist’s band. Untold Stories will drop April 27th in Europe on Sound Surveyor and July 21st in North America on Motéma featuring once again Jorge Roeder on bass and Ziv Ravitz on drums. Watch a brief teaser video for the album below and make sure to head over to Maestro's website where you can download the track “Endless Winter” off the album for free.