Chris messaged me Friday asking if I wanted to fill in for his show on Saturday. Considering I hadn't recorded my show on Friday or made plans yet for Saturday (I ended up working, but it's good I knew to make this show before learning that), I said yes and made two more hours of radio for you.
Nu Standards for 23 July 2016
I recorded this show and the following day's episode of Nu Standards. Somewhere in this process, some of my voice tracks got flipped and I'm rather upset with it. However, the music is still great.
The Line-Up for 22 July 2016
It's no secret that Butcher Brown gets love around here. The relative quiet around the release of their new album Virginia Noir needs to be remedied, since this might well be the quartet's best release yet. The band has continued to grow with time as well as through its many collaborations (maybe you caught them on Nicholas Payton's Numbers) and side projects (see Corey Fonville playing with Christian Scott, among others, and DJ Harrison's many solo releases, to name a few). On Virginia Noir, they've gravitated toward strong, funky grooves and relatively minimal solos from the band members.
Aaron Parks is an altogether beautiful person, as if his aura just colors whatever he touches, particularly pianos. Billy Hart is a legend and a giant and gets to do whatever the hell he wants on the drums. Ben Street is an anchor and a pure soul able to keep the three aligned on the bass. The trio were absolutely outstanding playing one of the last sets of the festival on Saturday, July 9 at Le Gesù presenting new material Parks is set to release some time next year on ECM.