If you didn't hear some time last month, Medeski Martin & Wood are teaming up once again with guitarist John Scofield on their new album, Juice, on Indirecto Records. The quartet will be touring Europe through November for 14 dates and the US in December in support of the new album which releases September 16th.
Check out the single, "Sham Time", after the jump.
The guys from Phronesis just released a new video from the folks at Unseen Recordings, a live performance of "Behind Bars" off their great live album, Life to Everything. It's all close and shadowy and moody, just like the song. Check it out after the jump.
I gave half a mind to try to make some sort of patriotic show but I couldn't figure out how. Had I put more thought into it, maybe something would have come up but instead I did a conventional show. In fact, I sorted through my email for much of this week's show. I'm trying to do better at that. This should be some sort of theme, perhaps since I feel I probably say this every few months or so.
The Line-Up for 4 July 2014
It's always amazing to learn how well esteemed jazz is in Japan. It's even moreso to learn how many have such great chops at the American invention. When one thinks about some of the great groups from that country, Libstems would definitely make that list. The quartet of bassist Keisuke Furuki, pianist Shunsuke Sawada , guitarist Yosuke Wada, and drummer Yosuke Nagayama have been together since 2008 and have grown together to release their excellent debut album, Daydream Sounds.
It's an album with a great energy to it. These four sound quite spirited and exhibit great chops. It's frankly more inspired than some American releases around. It's sure to surprise you. Check out a sampler mix of the album after the jump.
Trumpeter Jon Crowley's The Rehumanization EP stays at a low simmer. There aren't many uproarious moments or many frenetic runs. Each of the EP's four songs don't rise above the vibe much higher than ballads. This isn't to say that they're low energy, there certainly is an even keel here that's worth a listen. For just under a half hour, the young NYC grad who has worked generally in the indie rock scene has made a clean, minimalist sound for himself that isn't necessarily geared toward jumping out of your chair but more toward tugging at your heartstrings. Check out his latest release after the jump.