This past November marked the second anniversary of the passing of pianist/keyboardist Austin Peralta. The young musician who was very much coming into his own with a style remembered quite fondly to this day. So to celebrate his life, a bunch of his friends had a memorial concert at Los Angeles' Blue Whale (where Peralta had his last performance before passing away in his sleep). Now video from that night has appeared with a group of Ruslan Sirota on piano, Ben Shepherd on bass, Virgil Donati on drums, and Zane Musa on saxophone who just died early last month. In fact, this was the last time Ruslan ever played with Musa, giving this performance even more poignancy to match its power. Watch this quartet play a fiery take on the Don Grolnick composition, "Nothing Personal" after the jump.
Guitarist/composer/arranger/bandleader/cult leader Chris Schlarb is one of our favorite weirdos. His work over the years has exhibited jazzy, folky, experimental depth that hits all the right spots if your mind and ears are open enough. While he's worked for years, particularly through numerous releases on the Asthmatic Kitty label, his sound is best depicted with his various configurations of his group Psychic Temple. The second Psychic Temple album, 2013's II, was one of our favorite albums of that year and is available for free this week at Bandcamp. Cop it for yourself if you haven't yet. It's awesome and just after the jump.
This week's show rolls out the schedule I have for the Jazz for the Masses Day Party at El Sapo, 1900 Manor Rd. on Wednesday, March 18th from 12-7. I'll end up saying this a lot. However, I don't have all the music in the KRTU library yet, so there's plenty of other newness not related to SXSW in this week's show as well. It's a very full hour.
The Line-Up for 13 March 2015
This week’s “Sounds For Sunday” playlist was a little challenging at first given a number of saxophonist I wanted to feature didn’t have any music on Soundcloud. Regardless, I still managed to come up with a solid set featuring music by Kenneth Whalum III, Miguel Zenón, Donny McCaslin, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Kenny Garrett, Walter Smith III, Braxton Cook, Jerome Sabbagh, Greg Osby, Jaleel Shaw, Logan Richardson, Wayne Escoffery, Louis Fouché and Ben van Gelder.
BBNG continue their love of synths that they've taken on with their new song that they released to their SoundCloud earlier today, "Boogie No. 69". Already after the release of their album with Ghostface Killah, Sour Soul, this is the B-side to the 7" they recently dropped. Check out the stream after the jump.