New #SoundsForSunday podcast featuring the latest and greatest by Braxton Cook Meets Butcher Brown, Donny McCaslin,Jesse Fischer, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Zubatto Syndicate, the Beats & Pieces Big Band, Romain Collin, Laurent Coq & Walter Smith III and the Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet. Hope you dig it!
Our very own Jason Stillman gave quite the positive review of Dave Douglas’ HIGH RISK show at this summer’s Montreal International Jazz Festival featuring Detroit-based electronic musician/producer Shigeto (of Ghostly International) and NYC scene favourites Jonathan Maron and Mark Guiliana on electric bass and drums. Well lucky for those not in attendance, the concert was immortalized by Arte and can be streamed until January 3rd, 2016. Enjoy!
Keyboardist Jesse Fischer is set to release his next album, Day Dreamer, on September 25 on Ropeadope Records. It's an album that sits back a bit elementally, Fischer as more contemplative,as his press release states, as he approaches fatherhood. What results is a less is more sound that may be some of his strongest work yet. The album opener, "Nomads", features Leon " Foster" Thomas on steel pan adding a little extra spice to the jam. Check out its video after the jump.
Here’s my second #ThrowbackThursday podcast. I actually went through my CD collection, which was gathering dust, and picked out some of my faves. Check out this week’s show which features Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove’s Directions in Music, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Rosario Giuliani, Ben Allison, Stephan Crump with the Rosetta Trio, Ari Hoenig, Frank Woeste, Dan Tepfer and bassist Avishai Cohen.
I met bassist/multi-instrumentalist Alex Claffy a few months ago as he rolled through San Antonio with the educational program, JazzReach. The 22-year-old has backed Wayne Escoffrey, Orrin Evans in his Captain Black Big Band, J.D. Allen, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, among many others. The dude was a character, certainly charming, and said in his visit that he was soon to complete his debut album. I told him to send it to me right away when it was done. That time is now imminent with Claffy dropping the EPK of his debut album, which features saxophonist Troy Roberts, drummer Kyle Poole, and numerous others, with a tentative release this winter. Check it out after the jump.