Somewhere between hip-hop breakbeats, classic R&B stylings, and really cool jazz, Space Captain sits. The soulful Brooklyn collective are hard at work at their upcoming EP but just released their single, "Easier" featuring Maralisa on vocals, at their Bandcamp page (and there's more of there stuff for streaming at their SoundCloud. Check out and download "Easier" after the jump.
It was worth taking the drive from Denton. Of course, this should have been clear to me from the start. Seeing pianist Tigran at Frank in Austin this past Friday, November 1, was the predication for my own purchasing of Megabus tickets from San Antonio to Austin, about an hour and twenty minute ride if the traffic is alright (the traffic was not alright). This is Tigran's first U.S. tour, a few dates in the fall in the midst of a world tour through Europe all the way through February. He was only stopping in Texas twice, Friday's show in Austin and a show on Sunday in Houston. It's a show worthy of a sojourn, and folks from all across Texas certainly did. A couple cars full of music students from the University of North Texas' College of Music made the four hour drive to Austin to catch this show. For it to be as fun as it was, especially for an artist like Tigran who is extremely talented and whose star is steadily rising, a road trip was certainly in order.
The extremely talented vocalist Somi just uploaded a new song to her SoundCloud, the unmixed but still quite moving "Fallen" which she made with Grammy-winning pianist/composer Billy Childs. The song, as Somi painstakingly notes, will not be featured on her upcoming album inspired by the city of Lagos due to release some time next year (but hey, there's a new Somi album next year!). The track will only stream for the month of November so make sure to spin it over and over again after the jump.
I've got a crazy amount of new music this week that has me particularly excited. Hell, this hour has new stuff from Ben Allison and Jason Lindner's Now Vs Now. That alone should get you excited, but then there's the rest of the hour of greatness. Settle in. This is a good one.
The Line-Up for 1 November 2013
Following from my look at Wayne Shorter’s “ESP,” I wanted to look at another Shorter tune because his writing has been an important influence on modern jazz artists. “Masqualero” seemed like a good choice given the recent Halloween holiday (yes, I also considered “Witch Hunt”) and the excellence of this tune. Like “ESP,” “Masqualero” is a Wayne Shorter tune that is tightly associated with Miles Davis. The tune first showed up on Davis’ Sorcerer album in 1967, and remained in Davis’ live rotation for several years afterward.