Bassist and producer Shane Cooper is a presence in South Africa. His work on his own moves the rather strong jazz scene there and his work under the moniker Card on Spokes pushes the boundaries of the genre. This is very much apparent in his new EP out now, As We Surface.
Our favorite big band is back at it. After a three year hiatus, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society is set to release their third album a week from today, once again on New Amsterdam Records. The LP entitled Real Enemies centers around America’s fascination with conspiracy theories. More on that at a later date. In the meantime, check out the newest single from the record, a song called “Dark Alliance”, for a taste of things to come.
Sideman don’t always get all the praise they deserve. Who else but an ardent jazz fan knows the name of Robert Glasper’s drummer. Which band you ask? Haha! Yes, that was a trick question. Damion Reid has been playing drums in Glasper’s acoustic trio since it’s very inception appearing on the pianist's 2004 Fresh Sound New Talent debut Mood. Since then, the trio’s journey on Blue Note has been well documented with their latest album Covered released just last year. Percussion company Vic Firth recently released a 10 minute artist spotlight on Reid giving us an insightful glimpse into the drummer's universe. You can check that out below.
Jazz musician, DJ and producer Mark de Clive-Lowe never ceases to amaze, constantly pushing the envelope with new and groundbreaking projects. His latest endeavour, #bluenoteremixed vol.1, is a testament to what the famed label means to MdCL. Armed with a crateful of Blue Note vinyls, a drum machine, sample pads, rhodes and keyboards de Clive-Lowe produced, improvised and recorded this 40 minute live-remix mixtape on the fly in one take. The set also features guest cameos from rappers Bambu, John Robinson and Illa J, singer Nia Andrews, bass master Pino Palladino and rare collaborations with infamously elusive saxophonist Nomad Pendergrass. You can stream the project below which is also available as a free download on Bandcamp.