And the week comes round again... We just wrapped up the KRTU Spring membership drive with a blowout last day. However, the opportunity to become a member of the station is always available at join.krtu.org. Nevertheless, in the midst of a rather harried day, I managed to put a show together.
The Line-Up for 4 April 2014
John Coltrane's A Love Supreme... whew, that's a big one. From the album's liner notes: "Dear Listener...During the year 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive life. At that time, in gratitude, I humbly asked to be given the means and privilege to make others happy through music. I feel this has been granted through His grace...This album is a humble offering to Him." So, this is a powerful, classic album, but it was more than that for Coltrane.
Vocalist Dani Erin has a simple, cool quality to her voice. She's willing to lean into a blues sound but has a lightness and pleasantness that's worth a listen. The Brooklyn vocalist doesn't have much detailed information about her band led by pianist Jimmy Valentin or about her latest album available but let's just let her music speak for itself. Check out the album, To Be Sown, after the jump and cop the album at Erin's Bandcamp and iTunes.
Back in 2011, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper got together for a ridiculously good jam session with Alan Hampton, Mark Kelley, Chris Dave, and Eric Harland (!). Recently, this pair of pianists got back together to celebrate Blue Note Records’ 75th anniversary with a piano duet concert.
Moran and Glasper recently got together with Josh Jackson from WBGO’s The Checkout to talk about the history of Blue Note Records, their styles on the piano, and of course to play a piano duet. You’ll definitely want to drop what you’re doing to listen to this. Check it out here.
April 2nd marks one year since Gerald Clayton released his Concord label debut album, Life Forum-- a break for Clayton from his typical trio format on studio albums to a larger, fuller sound with production from Kneebody's Ben Wendel. It's a favorite album of ours of last year and you should definitely get it if you haven't already. To commemorate such an achievement, Clayton today released on his newly made Soundcloud page a stream of the jazz standard "Skylark", the Japanese bonus track on the album. Check out the song after the jump and remember why Gerald Clayton is one of the best piano players on the scene today.