Saxophonist Braxton Cook has been working a lot with the boys from Richmond, Butcher Brown, gigging here and there, most notably last night for a couple of sets at Washington, D.C.'s Bohemian Caverns. Of course, they're not just playing together for the fun and compatiblity of it all (though that's a huge factor); it's all leading to an upcoming Braxton Cook Meets Butcher Brown record to release later this summer. Part of that album is the latest single, "Ooooo", which Cook just dropped yesterday. Check it out after the jump.
The much heralded and soulful vocalist Chris Turner has made several appearances on these pages over the past few years. He was an integral part of drummer Jamire Williams’ ERIMAJ band and more recently made a cameo on Aidan Carroll’s Original Vision, notwithstanding the plethora of singles he’s released under his own moniker, most of which have been regrouped on his 2012 mixtape LOVElife Is A Challenge. A month ago, Turner brought back the mixtape to the forefront by releasing the official video for one of its singles, “Brainstormin’”, directed by Jesse Boykins III. Check the dope visuals below and stream the mixtape which can be purchased on Bandcamp, iTunes or Amazon.
Aron Ottignon sounds great when he's bringing the party to the keys, and can go from pensive to giving zero fucks in no time flat. His latest Starfish EP exemplifies this magnificently, but his performance of "Waterfalls" taken live from his Funkhaus Berlin Session is pretty sweet. Stream the ten minute recording after the jump.
"The Subliminal and the Sublime is based on the concept that, under the surface of our apparent reality, there are subliminal layers of patterns, detail and depth. When we look at these layers more closely, we have the opportunity to discover sublime truths about our world and ourselves."
This is the stated concept of Chris Dingman's new record, The Subliminal and the Sublime. I'm not entirely convinced that the album is successful in conveying that without the explicit written context, but maybe it doesn't need to. Music doesn't exist in a vacuum. When presented with further explanation of a piece from a composer, the listener can choose to view that as a shortcoming of the music itself or simply as an avenue for a deeper appreciation of the piece. The latter is often the more enjoyable option. All that being said, this album does feel very natural.
It's amazing how high Kenneth Whalum III can rise. He's a saxophonist constantly in demand, touring constantly. His latest gig is backing D'Angelo on his latest tour (hopefully, he's playing with D on that Fun Fun Fun Fest stop in Austin in November). Yes, KWIII is running all over the place but he's still making moves on his sophomore album, the long awaited Through Hell & High Water, which hopefully will release later this summer. In the meantime, Whalum just dropped the video to the album's first single, "Away" featuring Big K.R.I.T., directed by Squint and K Cutta. Check it out after the jump.