Guitarist Alex Pinto has made a pretty decent EP of music with bassist Abhinav Khokhar and drummer Tarun Balani. Together, the trio are the group All India Permit and their three-song EP of compositions Pinto wrote while studying and teaching in India on a Fulbright Grant. These songs seem to unwind, lingering like a cat finding a sunbeam. They don't have a strong particular narrative arc to them, but seem to spread out like a blanket. Pinto dances about while Balani give some light touches on drums that work well together. It's a serviceable work that may be worth a listen. At just under fifteen minutes, it's definitely not a bad use of time. Check it out after the jump.
Viola master and string arranger extraordinaire Miguel Atwood-Ferguson has been posting videos to his YouTube account, many from an outstanding set live at Los Angeles' Blue Whale back in late June, over the last couple months promoting the release of his two new albums, Music for Dreams with his string quartet, Quartetto Fantastico, and his long-awaited solo debut which will make its way into the universe soon. While there feels like constant activity surrounding this virtuoso, especially with these videos seeing the world full of beautiful, swirling orginal new compositions from Atwood-Ferguson, this release will sure to delight once it sees the light of day. Check out a video of the tune "Death Star", shot by Alex Chaloff, after the jump and you may want to bounce around some of the other videos MAF has posted to his YouTube account.
Saxophonist Charles Lloyd’s quartet, with Gerald Clayton on piano, Joe Sanders on bass, and Eric Harland on drums, played the Umea Jazz Festival in Sweden this past October 25. Of course you want to listen - check it out after the jump.
Last month, we were all shocked and swept away hearing David Bowie and the Maria Schneider Orchestra team up for "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)", a new song that's on Bowie's new three-disc best of collection, Nothing Has Changed. In that time, the song in all its glory has been scrubbed from YouTube (looks like we'll all just have to buy it legitimately and support creative work, phooey), but you can still hear the BBC Radio rip and purchase the album at Bowie's very cool Nothing Has Changed website. You can also check out the song in a somewhat less grandiose but still pretty boss manner with the new video for it after the jump.