Marzio Scholten's IDENTIKIT is a Dutch quintet that gets this music right. The Dutch group led by Scholten on guitar recently released their latest album, Garage Moi (which, they want to emphasize, doesn't mean anything), as a change up from Scholten's other group, his quintet that shares his name. IDENTIKIT features the aforementioned Scholten on guitar, Lars Dietrich on alto sax, Jasper Blom on tenor sax, Sean Fasciani on bass, and Kristijan Krajncan on drums. Check out their album after the jump.
I think this one was pretty easy to put together. The lineup for the Art of Cool Festival dropped last week and everyone with AoC is pretty excited about it. So there's built in enthusiasm and an easy to set up episode of Line-Up.
The Line-Up for 22 November 2013
After The Revivalist debuted the track earlier this week, it seems like the talk of the town is the latest track from acclaimed keyboardist Kris Bowers, the first from his upcoming Concord label debut album which has yet to find a title. The Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition winner enlisted support from saxophonist Kenneth Whalum III (due to release his own album early next year), guitarist Adam Agati (who has been touring with Bowers alongside bassist Marcus Miller), bassist Burniss Earl Travis (of ERIMAJ), and drummer Jamire Williams (of ERIMAJ, Christian Scott's quintet, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and anything else involving really dope break beats). The vocals are from Julia Easterlin giving a kind of Galia Durant of Psapp kind of vibe to the tune. Check it out after the jump.
Keyboardist Jesse Fischer has stayed pretty busy lately. Right now, he's been focused on his upcoming Herbie Hancock tribute show this coming Monday, December 2 at Brooklyn's ShapeShifter Lab. In support of the show, Fischer posted his version of Hancock's "Watermelon Man" to his SoundCloud page featuring Sylvester Onyejiaka aka Sly5thAve handling much of the woodwind work. It's got some decent flash and interesting drum programming, kind of a 90s revivalist vibe to it. Give it some play after the jump.
Saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown has been steadily releasing videos after the release of his latest album, Imagery Manifesto. His latest, a performance of the standard "Softly As In a Morning Sunrise", is a burner that you should definitely hear. Check it out after the jump.