Seb and I were in New York City last weekend to catch Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Harlem Stage shows in support of his new album on Ropeadope, Stretch Music, among other experiences we had in the jazz mecca. It's always a fun time hanging with this band and immersing ourselves in this music. While I personally work through my experiences of those four days in Manhattan to present it to you all, WBGO captured the group live at the Berklee College of Music for an episode of The Checkout Live. Check out the hour video of the band after the jump (and get ready for our account of the hang and other details some time next week).
One of the amazing things about Stephen Colbert taking over The Late Show is how it has cleverly kept much of the same format of his old show, The Colbert Report. However, the steady integration of Jon Batiste and Stay Human (it's a great show, but one can tell they're still kinda working an on camera dynamic out) is what really changes things up, particularly in moments like Monday night's show where Yo-Yo Ma was guest and performed a couple songs with Batiste and the band-- Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns's "The Swan" and George Gershwin's "Prelude No. 1". It's totally charming. Things swing. Check out the videos after the jump.
Guitarist Matt Gold and drummer Nate Friedman have spread out some. The Chicago duo's new EP, a five-song collection that sounds more weathered than their previous foray, Light Blue Light. Friedman's drums don't sound as chipper. Gold's guitars seem to be searching for something. The songs crafted from the seeds of extended improvisations formed in two weeks of sessions in the woods of New Hampshire feel restless. Even the focused moment feel off and the off moments feel like some of the most riling improvisation of the modern-day masters.
I made this show in what I felt was a somewhat hurried state Wednesday afternoon as one of the last things I needed to do before heading out of town for the weekend to New York City, so I did actually manage to catch a couple folks' gigs (don't start blowing up my email more than you already do, this was a rarity). Among them were Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Harlem Stage shows for Stretch Music and Gilad Hekselman's set at Cornelia Street Café for the release of Homes. So it makes sense I played stuff from them this week, amongst other newness. That's this week's show-- hurriedly dropping newness.
The Line-Up for 2 October 2015
Keyboardist Jesse Fischer's latest album, Day Dreamer is his finest release yet, maintaining the same signature buoyant sound he's always had but with fewer moving parts for a less-is-more approach that really makes for the most fun listen he's provided yet. Part of thatlisten is the uplifting "Suite for the Blue Planet" featuring the always impressive trumpeter Takuya Kuroda. There's video of their studio session and it just dropped. Watch it after the jump.