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.
Brooklyn multireedist Johnny Butler has in the past done a great deal just playing solo. His previous EP, last year's Carousel, pulled off its lush sounds with looping done on the fly. It was a rough but wholly satisfying work that indicated Butler thinks in multiple dimensions and there's even more he could do with others involved. Now Butler is taking his layered, looping sound and adding it to a group including the always swagtastic Kassa Overall on drums and with appearances from bassist Aidan Carroll and alto saxophonist JJ Byars. The new EP, Raise It Up, is a more dance/hip hop-focused album that includes more involved production, various samples, and a more hodgepodge sensibility that adds even more lushness to Butler's repertoire. Check out the album available now at Butler's Bandcamp (for free, though you can pay what you want if you're nice) after the jump.
San Antonio just didn't dance. It's not as though they weren't feeling the music. It's not as though they didn't clap on beat and rise at every appropriate moment for an ovation at the end of the show and for the encore. It's not as though the show wasn't great, it was. Jason Moran seamlessly navigated between piano, Rhodes, and the art of just getting out of the way and dancing around the stage. It was truly a joyful night, literally and figuratively moving. But the folks at San Antonio's Jo Long Theater last Saturday night just didn't get up to dance for Jason Moran's Fats Waller Dance Party.
After recording electronically under the name Outerattik, Jamie Smith has released an EP of four solo piano improvisations, Kinetic. The album’s four improvisations range between three and a half and four and a half minutes, with Smith never losing the groove or the melodic intent. He has chops and there are plenty of ambitious runs in here, but the most impressive part of this album is how consistently musical, and musically interesting, the whole thing is. Smith claims Ethan Iverson, Esbjorn Svensson, Benny Green, Bud Powell, Keith Jarrett, and Neil Cowley as inspirations on the piano, and all of those musicians’ influence are present on this EP. Multiple listens to Kinesis have continued to yield rewards - this one is a keeper. Check it out after the jump and pick it up at Smith’s bandcamp site.