Things continue to come up roses for Robert Glasper whose perpetual touring and stacking of accolades doesn't seem to be waning in the least. What's most exciting right now is Glasper's return to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, this time with the whole Experiment in tow to play their version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit". In addition to this, Glasper will be sitting in with The Roots so make sure you know June 20th is Must See TV.
This morning, instead of me making my normal jazz declarations that New York gets all the luck, this time I'm saying that France is. As bite-sized chunk after bite-sized chunk of Avishai Cohen's (bassist) upcoming album, Duende, reveals themselves, the fact that it's releasing on Blue Note France become more and more apparent. With videos like this one for the Thelonious Monk song "Criss Cross" featuring Nitai Hershkovits on piano coming up, perhaps we should hope that this will get a wider release down the line.
Saxophonist Bob Reynolds (who we should definitely be mentioning more often [he's like this year's Enoch Smith Jr. to me in that I've been sleeping on him for too long and then will likely play the crap out of his stuff when I finally wise up soon]) has been working like a madman on new material and getting it out there. His upcoming, yet-to-be-titled album which features John Mayer (yes, that John Mayer[!]) is on its way soon and the little media frenzy Reynolds is generating around this album will more than likely fulfill the hype. Part of that frenzy is a recording of Reynolds' performance at LA's The Blue Whale this past April. From that performance, here's his very cool version of Radiohead's "Subterranean Homesick Alien".
In the ongoing list of albums that seem pretty fascinating, guitarist Chris Parrello + Things I Wonder's Concrete Cradle should be on your radar. The four track EP which features Parrello on acoustic & electric guitars, ukelele, and chief composer, Karlie Bruce on vocals and lyrics, Kevin Thomas on acoustic bass, Aviv Cohen on drums, Rubin Kodheli on cello, Hagar Ben Ari on electric bass, and Tyler Wood on synths will release June 19th and we've got a stream of it here after the jump.
Stanley Clarke is able to bring out an interesting cross section of folks. I personally attended the Stanley Clarke Band's June 2 performance at the Jo Long Theater of San Antonio's Carver Community Cultural Center with my parents, aunt, and uncle in tow. My parents had pants and hair respectively pressed. My uncle in t-shirt in jeans. Such was the range of the crowd-- filled with San Antonio's dressed up jazz crowd (college presidents, community power players, etc.) and young bass freaks who are probably the backbone of San Antonio's future jazz scene who I really wish I saw at more shows. There may not have been as many bros in cargo shorts as there were older ladies in their Sunday best but it was still nice to see a real mix of the city all united in one emotion-- rapture to be in the presence of a bass legend.