Saxophonist Johnny Butler has just released an interesting video for his new song, "Macaroni Dip". The video from French filmmaker Heloïse Haddad has a lot of different layers and is leaps and bounds more than a video of some performance. The snappy tune also features Jackson Kincheloe (of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds) on harmonica. Give this trippy video some play after the jump.
It's another week and another excellent new album streaming at WBGO's Radar. This time, they've got pianist Orrin Evans' Liberation Blues, out on Smoke Sessions records (and recorded live at the Smoke Jazz Club). Evans has with him on the record Sean Jones on trumpet, JD Allen on sax, Luques Curtis on bass, and Bill Stewart on drums. Orrin Evans is a busy musician lately: he appeared on Sean Jones' recently released im.pro.vise - never before seen album along with Luques Curtis, and just a few months ago released Mother's Touch with the Captain Black Big Band that Evans leads from the piano (and that also features Luques Curtis' bass).
In a music industry where folks are constantly trying something new, saxophonist Nick Hempton is trying something different with his next collection of songs-- he's doing away with the collection. For his Catch and Release project, Hempton alongside pianist Jeremy Manasia, bassist Dave Baron, and drummer Dan Aran are releasing each song from their sessions recorded at New York's Small's Jazz Club one at a time each six weeks for a year. Check out video of Hempton's quartet playing the very straight-ahead first song, available now for download on iTunes, after the jump and keep an eye out for other songs from Catch and Release throughout the rest of the year.
Eric Harland has gotten the Voyager band back together to record their follow-up to 2010's Voyager: Live By Night (and an excellent live set at 92Y Tribeca in 2011 that was recorded by NPR), and that follow-up makes up much of the new release, Vipassana. The rest of the new album is rounded out by some other things that we'll get to in due time.