There's something very rooted in the sound iiii (the NYC quartet of Paul Bloom on keys, Connor Schultze on bass, Jeremy Dutton on drums, and Laila Smith on vocals) goes for-- a purity in their melding of jazz and R&B that only breaks out on the scene in fits and starts. Vocalist Smith has a strong, clear voice that she wields deftly but not unnecessarily flashily. The trio behind her are young and talented, vaguely reminiscent of Hiatus Kaiyote in their surprisingly soulful vibe. We've sung this group's praises before but they recently released an in-studio video of them performing "Face to Face" with just the same earthy cool they had on their self-titled debut. Check it out after the jump.
Jimmy Cobb, drummer extraordinaire - you may recognize the name from Miles Kind of Blue, for one example - has a new album out. While Cobb may be best known for his role on classic albums of the past, he has not lost any of his improvisational ability on the drums, as he displays on this new album. The Original Mob features Brad Mehldau on piano, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and John Webber on bass. The album was recorded at New York City jazz club Smoke, without a crowd present (using the club as a recording studio). The band takes on a number of standards as well as originals from the whole band. Similar to the Billy Hart Quartet’s recent albums, or Ethan Iverson’s playing with Ben Street and 'Tootie' Heath, it’s great to hear drummers from the previous generation pushing today’s improvisers forward. The Original Mob is available to listen for a limited preview over at WBGO’s Radar.
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I heard a lot about Juan Pastor before I got a chance to finally hear his music. After listening to Chinchano, I can totally understand why he’s a favorite to play with amongst many of my friends. This isn’t one of those “jazz musician discovers latin music and decides to write an album” latin jazz albums. Pastor is from Peru and now lives in Chicago, so the dichotomy of Peruvian and American music featured throughout this release is just his reality in music form.
In what must undoubtedly be the most jazz-influenced song we've heard yet from producer Taylor McFerrin's upcoming debut album on Brainfeeder, Early Riser, "Already There" takes the simple groove that Glasper on keys and Stephen Bruner on bass lay down and coat it in shimmery goodness all with drummer Marcus Gilmore being his rattling, amazing self. Check it out after the jump.