In a quiet room in a quiet hall, facing a framed print of a '57 Blue Note record, Steve Wilson folds his hands into his chin, and stares across the linoleum. He raises his brow in a deliberate balance of concentration and receptivity. Thoughts before words.
On the gig he exacts the same balance.
We premiered “Fire” off the SFJAZZ Collective’s new album Live: SFJAZZ Center 2014, The Music of Joe Henderson and New Compositions a month ago. Now here’s your chance to watch a full set by the band courtesy of NPR’s Jazz Night in America. By my calculations the video should be up for a few more days so hurry! The SFJAZZZ Collective is Miguel Zenón on alto saxophone, David Sánchez on tenor saxophone, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Warren Wolf on vibraphone, Edward Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums.
Vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles is set to release her sophomore album Inner Dialogue tomorrow on Truth Revolution Records. To celebrate the occasion, Nextbop is premiering the second single off the album, “Bells”, the first being "White and Blue" which we put up two weeks ago. “Bells” features the S.E.Charles Quartet, namely Jesse Elder on piano, Burniss Earl Travis II on bass and John Davis on drums as well as Christian aTunde Adjuah (formerly Scott), who also co-produced the album, on trumpet. You can pre-order Inner Dialogue on Bandcamp. Also, if you happen to be in NYC on March 30th, make sure to check out the Sarah Elizabeth Charles Inner Dialogue NYC Release Show/Christian Scott Birthday Celebration at Le Poisson Rouge. Furthermore, Charles will also be performing at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 10th and 11th for Celebrating Lady Day, a celebration of the centennial of Billie Holiday’s birth also featuring vocalists Andy Bey and Molly Johnson, music director and pianist Peter Martin, drummer Ulysses Owens, bassist Robert Hurst, and saxophonist Melissa Aldana. Stream “Bells” below the jump.
This week's show was a far far forethought, prepared weeks in advance as I was currently in Austin at the time in the middle of SXSW, my day party past and with me wandering through Austin determining what I might see and do next. However, I couldn't leave you, dear listener, without radio.
The Line-Up for 20 March 2015
Check out this week’s Sounds for Sunday playlist, vocalist edition, featuring a bunch of dope tracks by the Becca Stevens Band, Kwabs, Nikki Yanofsky, José James, Maria Neckam, Natalia Mateo, Kellylee Evans, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Akua Allrich, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Laura Mvula, Meshell Ndegeocello, Lauren Desberg, Chris Turner, Kat Edmonson, Gretchen Parlato, Sara Serpa and Stacey Kent. Hope you dig it.