You remember drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, right? One of the best albums of 2013 and has a Grammy award to prove it. On the album, Carrington's core trio has Christian McBride on bass and Gerald Clayton on piano, along with a host of guests on brass, winds, and vocals. This past March, she took a different band to Burghausen, Germany to play many of the tunes from that album. She was joined this time around by Aaron Goldberg on piano and James Genus on bass for the core trio, along with Tia Fuller and Antonio Hart on sax and flute and Claus Reichstaller on trumpet and flugelhorn. Check out a full video of the concert (almost 90 minutes long) after the jump.
I met guitarist/drummer/composer Horace Bray a year ago at a Tigran show in Austin. He'd been a fan of Nextbop for a while, and has been on my periphery for a while ever since. It's cool knowing I've got a young fan, it's even cooler to know the young University of North Texas student is pretty damn talented, too. As this young musician continues to gig in the Denton, Texas, area in assorted groups, the assorted songs he posts on his SoundCloud show pensive compositional poise and an artistic voice that's constantly influenced by other musicians today like Gilad Hekselman or Matthew Stevens. Recently, he recorded a short set of songs with bassist Mike Luzecky and drummer Connor Kent, grooving together quite well with Bray's original songs and with a lively, but relatively short version of "All the Things You Are". The set, perhaps one might consider it an EP if one may be so bold, is called Living.Within.Perfection and it's definitely worth spinning. Horace Bray is one of those artists I'm glad I've run into in the past and should definitely be one of those voices you should know. Check out Living.Within.Perfection and download some of the tracks after the jump.
Saxophonist Oliver Lake is quite accomplished. The 72-year-old leader has been gaining fellowships and making inventive music for years. His latest work has been with his organ quartet (Lake's third with an organ) of Jared Gold on B3 organ, Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, and Chris Beck on drums. In part rooted from the grant awarded to them in this year's Doris Duke Performing Arts Award, they have made What I Heard. The pieces written for this album were originally intended for spoken word but they turned out quite well as instrumentals all the same, particularly with Beck keeping a crisp beat while Lake and Hendrix float around each other. These four sound great together. Check out What I Hear's opener, "6 and 3", after the jump.
Full disclosure, I unabashedly loved The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey’s last record, 2012’s Race Riot Suite. That release, which saw the four-piece trace the history of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots over a 70-minute, carefully arranged musical time-capsule, was as bold as statement as they came in jazz that year, especially coming from a 20-year veteran band so often tagged as a jam band.
I wanted to change things up this week and play as much new music as possible. I wanted to play music that was all added to the library this day. I wanted to delve into some things I never played before. I reached out a little more than usual, variety-wise, and I think it may have paid off.
The Line-Up for 24 October 2014