Everything is constantly moving at Jellowstone Studios. The Richmond, VA, magic factory that Devonne Harris calls home (and happy birthday to him once again, his birthday was yesterday) is a musical hearth that shows no signs of stopping. The latest Jellowstone foray is in the technically diminished form of Butcher Brown while still keeping the same, though somewhat altered, funk that we know of the guys. Guitarist Keith Askey takes the fore here with a largely loop based album that seems to wail while balancing on a tightrope. Alongside constant compatriots Andrew Randazzo on bass and Harris on drums in addition to his engineering duties, Too Much Guitar is an easy listen that's doesn't venture far, but the short ride is still pretty chill.
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Frailty can be deceptive. Something's perceived weakness could in fact wield some hidden strength, forged from withstanding the elements. Like an insect's exoskeleton, eggshells, or a Brooklyn-based jazz quintet, sometimes frailty is the start of something more. This strength in frailty seems to be a driving factor in the sound behind GADADU.
On Wednesday, June 24th, I spoke with Maria Schneider at length about her new album The Thompson Fields, her musical upbringing, the future of big band, the ArtistShare platform, and her take on the advent of music streaming services.
The Thompson Fields is available on iTunes and Schneider'sArtistShare page.
Grammy-winning pianist/keyboardist Shaun Martin (Snarky Puppy, Erykah Badu, Chaka Khan) has just released his first album as a leader, 7 Summers, on Ropeadope records.
On "The Yellow Jacket", Martin and his band — Keith Taylor on bass, Frank Moka on percussion, and Robert "Sput" Searight on drums — energetically conjure a varied and infectious groove. Seamlessly weaving uplifting melodies reminiscent of gospel and the harmonic ambiguity and emotional conflict of modern jazz, Martin plays with a profound sense of intention. His solo builds masterfully, beginning with just a few quiet and perfectly voiced chords before a driving and restrained ascent to recap the head of the tune with even more energy. The closeness of the group dynamic is palpable as they progress through the remainder of the tune, confidently moving as a single musical unit to a satisfying conclusion.
Check out the video, directed by Andy LaViolette, below.