The latest trend going around Facebook lately is listing influential albums from one's teenage years. The idea is to show a snapshot of one's taste, background, interests, generational and regional differences, and so many other little details one can ascertain from lists of personal interests. In an era of constant nostalgia, it's a pretty common 2017 thing to do. It would be annoying if it weren't such an enticing thing to do and just so damned interesting. We figured we'd get in on it and reveal our young tastes to you. I mean, hey, Pitchfork did it.
Drummer extraordinaire Nate Smith is getting set to release his Postcards From Everywhere album this February 3 with his group Kinfolk. To get ready for that release, Smith has released the first single from the album, "Skipstep", and performed with Kinfolk at Winter Jazzfest. NPR recorded a brief trio show with Nate Smith on drums, Fima Ephron on bass, and Jon Cowherd on Rhodes piano. It's exciting, rhythm-heavy, fusion-y stuff. Check it out after the jump.
As we have noted before, alto saxophonist/vocalist Braxton Cook is gearing up to release a new album, Somewhere in Between, on January 31st. He's already been stoking the R&B-tinged flames with his first single, the title track. Now he's dropping this on us. Check out this live rehearsal video for "Run Away" after the jump and be on the lookout for Cook's new album (and some supporting performance dates) soon.
KADAWA -- the trio of guitarist Tal Yahalom, bassist Almog Sharvit, and drummer Ben Silashi -- are a very good guitar trio, like jarringly good. They describe themselves as an "experimental-rock-jazz trio", because that may have been the best net to cast over their sound. They're certainly jazz and of this era, they're full of energy and have a multitude of things to say.