HIGH RISK, the self-titled album for the group trumpeter Dave Douglas put together featuring bassist Jonathan Maron, drummer Mark Guiliana, and electronic musician Shigeto has been an impressive direction for this group, making ethereal jazz music that's a pretty fun listen. It's a group that sounds good together with a taste of innovation that sound particularly noteworthy for the boundaries this quartet crosses. They just released a video of them performing the song "Tied Together" in the studio. Check it out after the jump.
The big band format can be a hard sell. It's a large machine and the moving parts frequently don't have a lot of room. Very often, as a reviewer, I personally give this caveat whenever reviewing big bands. I personally am not the man to listen to them, particularly in the straight-ahead format-- a now conventional style played in what was a rather conventional format. Yet every now and then, a group can perform the conventional conventionally but do so in such a technically well-executed way that such ability cannot be denied, even to the most jaded of listeners. Brooklyn big band Savoy In Color in their new live EP, Hear Today Then: Live at Zeb's somehow makes affecting music out of the everyday.
Keyboardist Eddie Moore and his band, The Outer Circle, are soon to release a new album to follow up 2013's The Freedom of Expression. Yet on the path to this new release, the group which includes guitarist Adam Scholzman, bassist DeAndre Manning, and drummer Pat Adams recently put out Live in Kansas City. Among the songs on the new album is Moore's original composition, "The LBC", which the band performed live at Kansas City, MO's The Tankroom for their new video. Check out the video of the performance of this soulful song, impeccably filmed and edited by Damien Randle for ill Mannered Media, after the jump.
Moved my Sounds For Sunday playlist from Soundcloud to Mixcloud in order to have a greater selection of tracks. I still need to buy a decent mic so the voice-overs will be getting better in the future. I still think this is a strong set nonetheless. Hope you dig it.