Enoch Smith Jr. is an outstanding pianist. Whether playing on an album or in the middle of a church sanctuary, the brother throws down. His compositional style involves beautiful chord structures that have that black church cadence that shapes his work in lovely ways that shape his play alongside musicians on the Hot Tone Label like Shirazette Tinnin, Mimi Jones, and Camille Thurman, or his own releases. It's been a few years since we at Nextbop fell for Smith with his Misfits album, which we were just recently complimenting since Sarah Elizabeth Charles just released her album last month. Now as he's poised to release Misfits II POP next month, Smith just dropped the music video for the first single, "Sweepin Through the City" featuring the always dazzling, aforementioned Charles on vocals. Check out the video after the jump.
The time we have all been waiting for has come. The illustrious Robert Glasper is set to drop a new album June 16 on the famed Blue Note label, this time reverting to the acoustic trio format with co-conspirators Vicente Archer on bass and Damion Reid on drums. The trio, which recorded Glasper’s first two Blue Note albums Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007), reconvened last December at the Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California, to record Covered in front of an intimate live audience. The album, as you may have guessed, features a variety of covers ranging from the jazz standard “Stella By Starlight” to songs by Kendrick Lamar, John Legend, Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, Radiohead and Joni Mitchell. Check out Glasper’s cover of Radiohead’s “Reckoner” along with the original below the jump, his first single off Covered which can be pre-ordered on iTunes and Amazon.
Back in 2012, vocalist Lauren Desberg released an EP, Sideways, that still lingers with us here at Nextbop. Desberg's voice has a coolness to it that's always a pleasure to hear and typically tackles material that one doesn't hear often enough. For example, last weekend, Desberg dropped a stream of The Whispers' "Rock Steady" with backing from Taylor Eigsti, Corey Fonville, Walter Smith III, and others. It'll definitely pick up your day and when else do you hear a cover of The Whispers? (And is it just me or does anyone else call them The Saddams with those mustaches? No? Just me? Not tactful? Still too soon? They're not mad about that, right? I mean, those mustaches, yo.) Anyway, check out the stream after the jump.
I'm not sure how much my head was in the game with this week's show, but I did manage to play a lot of new music in the hour and talked up Stephanie Nilles who is amazing and should definitely be on your radar.
The Line-Up for 17 April 2015
New week, new Sounds For Sunday playlist. No particular theme. Enjoy dope tracks by Mehliana, Javi Santiago, Kris Bowers, The Bridge Trio, Remi Panossian, Jad Salameh, Omer Klein, Tim Campanella, Aidan Carroll and Tomoko Omura. Peace out.