There's an easy sort of cool to trombonist Steve Tirpak's sound. The horn arranger for John Legend, Erykah Badu, Jay Z, and numerous others just released his sophomore album, You Promised, and one can tell he's learned a lot from working with so many pop, R&B, and hip hop modern icons-- the ease, the infectiousness, the logical construction. He applies all these qualities on the album as he steps out on his own with this very contemporary release which he considers a "modern lounge album".
This week's show commemorates the passing of the great Horace Silver, does a little more promotion for the upcoming Chris Schlarb and José James shows, and mostly takes a look at some of the selections from Nextbop @ Art of Cool's favorite albums of 2014 so far list (as well as plays some new Stepkids). We're doing a lot in this little hour this week.
The Line-Up for 20 June 2014
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These cats really bring the heat. Without apology or faltering, Courageous Endeavors plows forth, seeking out new territory to be explored. What this album may lack in focus, it more than makes up for in raw talent and deep emotion.
To celebrate his birthday yesterday, saxophonist Sylvester Onyejiaka, aka Sly5thAve, dropped a new song on his SoundCloud. The new song has a very cool R&B vibe, taking a slight departure from what you may have heard on his latest album, Akuma. The tune is from the duo Strawberry Jam of which Sly5thAve is one half of the pair, yet there are few details about this pairing at the moment. There should be more to come down the line, but in the meantime cop the tune after the jump.