Legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd is now age 75 and he's still making great music. Such is the case with jazz-- as our elder statesmen keep pressing on and we, the lovers of the music, continue to revere them. His latest album, a duo release with pianist Jason Moran, Hagar's Song, was highly lauded as one of the best releases of last year and a great snapshot of the rapport he and Moran have gained over the years. Yet as Moran continues to bounce around the world with his assorted projects, the energy of this project still needed to spread-- thus enters Gerald Clayton. Lloyd and Clayton have played a few duo shows in Europe and the US and will be playing San Antonio this Saturday, February 22, at the Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University as part of the arts organization Musical Bridges Around the World's concert series. I emailed Clayton a few questions about the upcoming show, his tonnage of work last year and what to expect in the future-- whether it be this weekend or this year.
I recently got a new album from drummer Franklin Kiermyer that I'll be writing about pretty soon. It's this very large, shimmery, Love Supreme-y kind of album that's had me shook for the last couple days, so much so that a large chunk of this show is constructed around it.
The Line-Up for 14 February 2014
Last year, Nextbop alongside KRTU San Antonio put together an unofficial day party during the South by SouthWest music festival in Austin, Texas, filled with all the disparate ideas of jazz that one could find in the midst of all the chaos. This literal garage show on the east side of Austin featured international talents Hiatus Kaiyote and BADBADNOTGOOD, local Texas acts trumpeter Erik Telford free jazz trio The Whale (with world renown bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten sitting in for Justin Carney), and indescribable one-off improvised pairing of Adam Schatz and Jonathan Horne. We managed to capture many of the sets from that Wednesday in March in East Austin and finally made them available at the KRTU Bandcamp page. Check out the shining sounds of Telford, an astounding set of free jazz from The Whale that is a true treasure finally released upon the world, new material from BBNG (some of which might make it onto their upcoming album III later this year), and a whole lot more. We had a great show in 2013 and some of these folks will be playing our party again this year, so get listening now and we'll see you at El Sapo (formerly The Flat Top) on March 12th.
Michael Jackson’s 1982 Thriller album included some pretty amazing jams - "Beat It", "Wanna Be Starting Something", "Thriller", and "Billie Jean", as well as the Paul McCartney-featuring "The Girl Is Mine", amazing in its own right for the section of conversation between Jackson and McCartney. So, the album covers a pretty wide spectrum. Of the songs on that album, "Human Nature" is not the one that I would expect to inspire jazz musicians and hip-hop producers, but real life is funny that way. "Human Nature" has been sampled a number of times, but the one that matters is Nas’ "It Ain’t Hard to Tell," transformed by Large Professor’s hard drums, bass, and horn samples layered on top of the basic Michael Jackson loop.
Some time around the tail end of last year, we introduced you to a soul group out of Brooklyn called Space Captain. Their mix of R&B and jazz stylings are pretty infectious (to the point that it's still kinda frustrating that they have just a little bit of music out, but that just makes being an early adopter of their groove all the easier). They just released a video for their single "Easier" featuring vocalist Maralisa Simmons-Cook. Watch the video after the jump and download the song at their Bandcamp or Soundcloud pages if you haven't yet had the chance.