LiveHuman -- the trio of bassist Andrew Ross Kushin, drummer Albert Mathias, and DJ Quest on the 1s and 2s -- have been together for twenty years and are set to release their latest album, ScratchBop, this coming January on Cosmic Records. For twenty years, their integration of live improvisation incorporating turntables have garnered great appeal. Twenty years later, the concept still seems to be working out. This is certainly true in their new single, "Magic For Beginners", complete with a trippy animated video from bassist Kushin. Check it out after the jump.
Being a church musician involves a certain kind of versatility which lends itself to a certain kind of cadence. This is particularly true in the black church. It's a tradition steeped in soul and fortitude in the face of segregation; it's a sound that lends itself to unabashed shouts; it's a chordal structure that lets everyone in the sanctuary find a place, if the Holy Spirit blesses the congregation with the gift of song (I know the sound well but my childhood home church only had the gifts in fits and starts, I know and recognize the pattern but let's just say my childhood had some really superb Bible teaching, but the choir left things to be desired). While pianist Enoch Smith Jr.'s latest album is a live recording from a Presbyterian Church, every drop of what he plays, and The Quest: Live at APC is an album mainly of original compositions, sounds right at home in the red book (that's The New National Baptist Hymnal to the uninitiated).
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The Line-Up for 18 November 2016
Guitarist Jeff Parker's album, The New Breed, is the jam. It's laid back, casually muscular, with the ability to take the listener on a journey without any fuss at all. Album closer, "Cliché", featuring his daughter Ruby Parker on vocals sweetly encapsulates that feeling, swirling about in psychedelia without getting too dizzy. Even the video by Lee Ann Schmitt does the same thing visually. Check it out after the jump.