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.
Montreal boasts the world’s largest jazz festival, usually a grandiose and extravagant display featuring some of the world’s brightest jazz (and non-jazz) talent, yet outside those ten summer days, the local jazz scene leaves us wanting more. There are a select few up and coming musicians who show true potential amidst the plethora of students produced by our four universities, yet after a few years in this city these bands seem to lose steam. As the old adage says “To be the best, you gotta beat the best”, or maybe in this case “To be the best, you gotta play with the best.”
New York City is uncontestedly the jazz mecca of the world, yet the number of Montreal musicians attempting the pilgrimage are select and few. Tenor saxophonist Chet Doxas joined the ranks of these courageous few in August 2014. Since establishing himself in the Big Apple, Doxas has been hard at work putting together his own band and writing original music. The band, which features Matthew Stevens on guitar, Zack Lober (another Montreal expat) on bass and Eric Doob on drums, is set to release Rich in Symbols, their Ropeadope debut, in September 2017.
Corey King and Jamire Williams make a great pair. The dopeness of Williams' 2012 release, Conflict of a Man (the album's "Black Super Hero Theme Song" has been the theme song to "The Line-Up" for years), through his backwards namesake band, ERIMAJ, is accomplished not only because of Williams' constantly keyed in rumbling on the drums but also because of King's soulful arrangements. What these two make together, especially with guitarist Matthew Stevens, is always a marvel, and it's even moreso on King's adventurous new album, Lashes, out now on Ropeadope.
I always seems to forget that my show hosting's anniversary is this particular week until after I do the show. Nevertheless, this week marks seven years of my hosting The Line-Up and I was actually live on the air this week to do so, bringing newness as I try to do every week.
The Line-Up for 9 September 2016