Taylor McFerrin probably gets just as many props for his own pure talent as he does for mere association. The son of the legendary vocalist Bobby McFerrin (and with the scatting skills just as deep), Taylor has been veering off to other musical ventures for years, most prominently with the Brainfeeder collective of individuals, melding jazz, hip hop, electronic, and many other sounds into a vibe all its own that is plastered all over the label. McFerrin has been contributing to the efforts of other musicians and is soon to release his own album, Early Riser, on Brainfeeder this coming June 3rd. The album will feature guest appearances from Thundercat, Robert Glasper, his father Bobby, and others. In preparation of all this, he just released the first song from the album, "The Antidote", featuring the always welcome vocals of Hiatus Kaiyote's Nai Palm. Listen to "The Antidote" after the jump.
Harpists aren't the most common sort of musicians. 'it takes a certain sort of devotion to play the kind of of heavy, unwieldy, but poignantly beautiful instruments.Thus when Low Leaf first appeared in various corners of the internet, her presence was definitely felt, making inlays for the work she would release in full over time. Now as a member of the fledgling label Fresh Selects, she is poised to release her debut album, AKASHAALAY.-- the perfect melding of jazz, hip hop, R&B, and ambient electronic tones wherein she also plays keys and percussion. There's a very Sonnymoon vibe with her. Check out the single "Rise Up" after the jump.
Jazz is a fundamental American Art Form. You don’t need a 10 disc Ken Burns documentary to be at least aware of this fact; it’s sort of at the core of jazz’s whole story. But then jazz doesn’t belong to the States; some of the most forward thinking music in the genre has been produced in spots all over the globe, especially in recent years. So what’s the state of jazz outside the US? I decided to check in on the outside the States state of jazz from the not-so-likely locale of Guatemala City, Guatemala.
And the week comes round again... We just wrapped up the KRTU Spring membership drive with a blowout last day. However, the opportunity to become a member of the station is always available at join.krtu.org. Nevertheless, in the midst of a rather harried day, I managed to put a show together.
The Line-Up for 4 April 2014
John Coltrane's A Love Supreme... whew, that's a big one. From the album's liner notes: "Dear Listener...During the year 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive life. At that time, in gratitude, I humbly asked to be given the means and privilege to make others happy through music. I feel this has been granted through His grace...This album is a humble offering to Him." So, this is a powerful, classic album, but it was more than that for Coltrane.