This week's Line-Up caps off the first day of KRTU's semi-annual membership drive, so you definitely should go to http://join.krtu.org and make sure this jazz station keeps on ticking. It's a really great place.
The Line-Up for 3 October 2014
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I met Sarah Marie Young when we were both students at Columbia College Chicago, and she was already pretty awesome. Over the last few years, she hasn't shown any signs of slowing down as she's gone on to win the 2011 Shure Montreux Vocal Competition and played some of my favorite venues here in Chicago, such as the Chicago Jazz Festival and Schuba's. With her new album Little Candy Heart coming out on Dutch label SnipRecords in October 2014, she continues her evolution and upward trajectory.
Bill Frisell's guitar wizardry is back on display in a rock-tinged new album, Guitar in the Space Age! Frisell's guitar on the album is joined by Greg Leisz, also on guitars, Tony Scherr on bass, and Kenny Wolleson on drums, and the band plays a set of music associated with or influenced by rock tunes from the 1960s, including some familiar tunes (say, The Byrds' "Turn, Turn, Turn") as well as originals from Frisell. The album is out October 7th, but is available to stream online (and in full at the CBC Music site if you just so happen to be Canadian) in the meantime. Check it out after the jump.
In 14 years together as a group, rhythms get to be familiar. This thematically was what I was getting at in the preview piece I wrote for the San Antonio Current of The Bad Plus' show last night at San Antonio's Aztec Theater. There's a sense of familiarity in the rhythm, a knowledge of direction. When I asked them how they do what they do, for example, in Reid Anderson's composition, "Physical Cities" off 2007's Prog (a song the trio unfortunately didn't play last night, something just a tad too complicated and a little too far back in their catalog to perform with the level of precision these guys are proud to demonstrate in every show), while I expected some sort of breakdown of specific counting, a lesson of polyrhythms that couldn't possibly have been conveyed to such a tender-minded admirer in the span of time of the tail end of a dinner break, Iverson jokingly answered they did so through telepathy. One might over 14 years of playing together and building such a body of work, most recently with Inevitable Western on the Sony-OKeh label, seriously consider that as a possibility.
One of the albums of this past summer has definitely been Mark de Clive-Lowe's CHURCH. It's a work that masterfully melds jazz and a cadre of other genres. We've definitely taken a shining to it here at Nextbop. Now, just on the arrival of CHURCH's new coppability on limited edition180-gram vinyl for sale at his Bandcamp, de Clive-Lowe has just released video for "Sketch for Miguel" featuring the maestro Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (who has finally released his own solo material on his own namesake and with his Quartetto Fantastico, both of which I should probably have). Check out the video for this most chill (until it reaches to ethereal heights) song after the jump.