After such a turbulent week, the only thing that could pull me out of whatever I was feeling was groove-based, super-complicated music. Fortunately, I finally got the new Henry Threadgill Zooid album, In For a Penny, In For a Pound (and the new Liberty Ellman album, Radiate, and boy, oh, boy, do I like what I hear so far). The hour rather revolves around that.
The Line-Up for 19 June 2015
This week’s Sounds For Sunday playlist has the purpose of giving you a glimpse into some of the acts you’ll probably want to go see at this year’s Montreal Jazz Festival which begins in just a few days. Check out music by Theo Croker, Marc Cary, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, Phronesis, Omer Avital, Avishai Cohen, Gilad Hekselman, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Guillaume Martineau. Concert dates for each artist are at the bottom of the post.
We LOVE The Bad Plus and we LOVE Joshua Redman so their new collaboration The Bad Plus Joshua Redman released last month on Nonesuch is nothing but a godsend. Our very own Jason Stillman already gave us his take on the record which can only be summarized as “awesome” and we already shared live sets of the supergroup from concerts at Vitoria-Gasteiz and at the Detroit Jazz Festival. But can you really ever get too much of The Bad Plus Joshua Redman? I didn’t think so… So for all the superfans out there, here’s a new video of the band performing a one hour set last September at Jazz a la Villette in Paris. You can cop the album at all your finest online and brick-and-mortar retailers and make sure to peep the bottom of the post for concert dates by the quartet. You wouldn’t want to miss them if by any chance they’re coming to your neck of the woods.
Robert Glasper finally released his new trio album earlier this week on Blue Note Records. We’ve been spinning our press copy on a pretty regular basis and we have nothing but praise for Covered. We already shared the first two singles from the album, covers of Radiohead's "Reckoner" and Jhene Aiko's "The Worst", but to celebrate the official release Glasper has unveiled the video for his cover of Musiq Soulchild’s “So Beautiful”, the third single from the album. Catch the video below and go cop your copy of the record wherever good music is sold.
Granted this isn’t jazz, but it’s always rewarding to see some of our favorite jazz musicians get a hold of the mainstream spotlight, even if just for a little bit. So whether it’s Brad Mehldau playing with John Mayer, Christian Scott blowing his horn alongside Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace or Robert Glasper getting a lot of love on Kendrick Lamar’s new To Pimp a Butterfly, it always makes us smile a little inside with the hopes that some day jazz music might be a little less niche than it is now. In this latest series of collaborations comes “Holding On” by the English electronic duo Disclosure which puts Gregory Porter’s sultry vocals at the forefront of an invigorating dance anthem. Check out the live performance filmed at Wild Life Festival just a few weeks ago in the UK. You can download the song from iTunes or stream it on Spotify, taken from Disclosure’s new album Caracal available to pre order now from their official website.