Here’s a brand new Sounds For Sunday playlist for your listening pleasure. This week’s theme is Monk Competition Winners. Check out the set featuring tracks by Marquis Hill, Kris Bowers, Lage Lund, Melissa Aldana, Jon Irabagon, the NEXT Collective (Ben Williams), Tigran Hamasyan, Ambrose Akinmusire, Gretchen Parlato, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Carmen Lundy (Jamison Ross).
You’ve certainly heard of Kris Bowers by now. The young Juilliard graduate won the prestigious 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. He then went on to perform on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne, before joining Concord Record’s NEXT Collective on the 2013 album Cover Art. In 2014, Bowers released his debut Heroes + Misfits, also on Concord, to critical acclaim. For this album, Bowers collaborated with vocalist Julia Easterlin on the track “Forget-Er”. Check out an extended set by the pair filmed last October at the Stockholm Jazz Festival featuring a set list ranging from Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” to Bjork’s “Unison” by way of The Pixies’ “Break My Body” and Laura Mvula’s “Sing to the Moon”. Video courtesy of Arte expires October 30th.
We can’t stop singing the praise of Ben Williams’ newest opus Coming of Age over here at Nextbop. We’ve already posted the teaser for the album as well as a few singles notably Williams’ cover of Lianna La Havas’ “Lost & Found featuring Christian Scott on trumpet but also two originals entitled "Black Villain Music" and "Half Steppin" in anticipation of the release. Well the album has now finally dropped and to celebrate the occasion Nextbop and Concord Records are giving away an autographed copy of Coming of Age. Just enter your email below to participate. The winner will be announced on May 1st. In the mean time you can also peep the full EPK for the album below. Good luck!
We've had run-ins with killer BOB before, at least that's what they used to be. In one of the more epic moments of Nextbop's history, percussionist Max Jaffe joined multi-instrumentalist Adam Schatz in an 10-piece group playing all improvised music to start off one of our SXSW day parties. In essence, we trust Max Jaffe around these parts to make always interesting music, so we're excited to see what the next phase of killer BOB will be. Set to drop June 30-- the new configuration, JOBS, is set to release killer BOB sings, and we'll know where this is all going.