Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote describes its music as “Multi-Dimensional, Polyrhythmic Gangster Shit.” More neo-soul than jazz they nonetheless remain a Nextbop favorite having performed at our 2013 SXSW day party. Check out the headbanging set they performed at Parisian jazz festival “Jazz A La Villette” last September, courtesy of Arte. Link expires February 12th.
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English guitarist Ant Law is set to release his sophomore album ‘Zero Sum World’ on February 16th by way of Whirlwind Recordings. Law, a scholar of physics at Edinburgh University as well as a former student of the Berklee College of Music, is proving himself to be a prolific guitar player. The album emerged following an extensive UK tour with his quintet, formed most notably of Phronesis’ Ivo Neame on piano but also Michael Chillingworth on reeds, Tom Farmer on upright and James Maddren on drums, a tour which gave the band the opportunity to experiment, develop and polish the music before stepping into the studio. The music is progressive, inventive, exciting and intricate, qualities we greatly admire in the artists featured on this site. Check out the EPK for the album after the jump as well as an outtake from the recording session and a guitar overdub. ‘Zero Sum World’ can be purchased via Law’s website. He will also be touring the UK to promote the release. Dates are at the bottom of the post.
Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma" first appeared on his 1954 album Afro (which also featured "Manteca", "Caravan", and "Night in Tunisia", among others). Gillespie's trumpet is backed by Rene Hernandez on piano, Roberto Rodriguez on bass, and percussion from Jose Mangual, Ubaldo Nieto, and Ralph Miranda. The tune starts with the bass and piano setting up a nice groove along with the layers of percussion before Dizzy's trumpet comes in at about 0:20 with the melody over the descending bassline. That big trumpet swell at about 0:40 is perfect… Dizzy's trumpet solo starts just before 1:30, and he's fitting right in with this relaxed feel imparted by the bass and percussion. Minimal piano accompaniment and Dizzy in that relaxed mode, though occasionally he drops in a great line like the one around 2:20 that he takes to the end of this solo before handing the reins to Hernandez for a piano solo. Hernandez keeps the tune's feel intact while putting together a fine piano solo with some nice cascading lines. At about 3:00, Dizzy's trumpet again takes the lead. His soloing here has a little more fire than before, but the percussion and bass keep this relaxed groove going. The head returns at about 4:30 or so and the tune comes to a close just after 5:00. All too short, given the fine trumpet and piano solos here and the relaxed groove that could keep going forever (though the percussion is a little stuff and unvarying, in all honesty). Dizzy's trumpet playing is great and the short piano solo in the middle gives this a bit of variety to keep it interesting.
Ben Wendel, saxophonist of famed Kneebody and sideman to Tigran Hamasyan and Taylor Eigsti (just to name a few), has just launched a new project entitled "The Seasons". For the next twelve months, Wendel will be releasing a duet on YouTube where he and a collaborator will be performing an original composition. The idea stemmed from Tchaikovsky, who in 1876 wrote "The Seasons", twelve pieces each dedicated to a month of the year. We have no words as to who the special guests will be but we are anxiously awaiting for the reveal. Wendel kicks of the series with January, a duo with the aforementioned Eigtsi. Catch the clip after the break.
French pianist Laurent Coq and American saxophonist Walter Smith III are teaming up with Joe Sanders on bass and Damion Reid on drums to bring you ‘The Lafayette Suite’. The album, recorded in NYC last September over the course of two days, is an homage to Gilbert de Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, a young French aristocrat who travelled overseas to fight alongside the American insurgents against the British forces. To Coq and Smith III, Lafayette “embodies the audacity and the capacity to dive into the unknown - qualities that jazz musicians have always strived to develop - and he symbolizes better than anybody else the friendship between France and America”. The two men are presently crowdsourcing the project on European platform KissKissBankBank and are looking to raise €5,500 or roughly $6,200. The raised funds will be put towards the manufacturing of the album, graphic design, photography and translation fees as well as launching the album with the help of a publicist. The rewards offered for this endeavor range from an advanced digital download of the album (€10) to a private concert by Coq’s trio (€1,000). Other interesting offerings include signed copies of the album as well as other previously released albums by Coq and Smith III, a complete set of ‘The Lafayette Suite’ charts and Skype lessons with the musicians. Make sure to check out the campaign’s fundraising video as well as an album preview below the jump.