Austin trumpeter Erik Telford is a man of many talents. He definitely showed some versatility when he played our SXSW day party last year and his release, Kinetic, is one of the understated great albums of 2013. Now Telford presses forward with big band arrangement with his group Asilomar. Give a listen to a couple tracks Telford posted to his SoundCloud -- "Fringe" and "Not My Country" (which he performed live at our SouthBy party and which you can hear at the KRTU Bandcamp page, which was linked earlier) -- after the jump.
Bassist Ben Allison has been a force on the music scene, not only because of his musical prowess (most recently exhibited in his outstanding album, The Stars Look Very Different Today) but also in his work as an advocate for musicians. So posting a simple little video of his band performing last year at New York's Joe's Pub has a few more peccadilloes than a mere embed. Read Allison's essay about his YouTube experiment at his website. In the meantime, watch his stellar band play "Roll Credits" after the jump.
I'm only thinking about a ticking clock as each day surges toward our Jazz for the Masses party on Wednesday, March 12th during South by Southwest. It's honestly most of what's on my mind lately, but this week's show must go on and there are plenty of debuts this week on the show. It's almost as exciting as a day of awesome performances. Almost.
The Line-Up for 28 February 2014
The video below is largely a clip of drummer Anton Eger working out the outstanding closing solo of "Wings 2 the Mind" from their new live album, Life to Everything. It's one of the more impressive moments of the album and well worth the price of admission. The Scandinavian trio which also includes bassist Jasper Høiby and pianist Ivo Neame have been favorites of ours at Nextbop, a trio that lives just suitably enough outside the pocket. They're a marvel in the studio and, as their new album can attest, even more of a delight live. Check out the preview video for Life to Everything after the jump.
You’ll want to open your eyes and ears to Takuya Kuroda’s recent album release, Rising Son, on Blue Note records. Your ears have hopefully had a chance to check out Kuroda on trumpet, joined by Kris Bowers on keyboards, Solomon Dorsey on bass, Corey King on trombone, and Nate Smith on drums (the album also includes a few guest spots from Jose James [in addition to him producing the whole album] and Lionel Loueke). Now your eyes can have a look at the video for the album’s title track, after the jump.