As the release of Taylor McFerrin's debut album, Early Riser, grows ever closer, the multi-hyphenate musician recently released another song from the album featuring the effervescent Emily King. It would seem based on this track and the recent track McFerrin released featuring Hiatus Kaiyote's Nai Palm that he's definitely exploring the production end of his music making with his impending release. It also looks like the man knows his way around some sweet vocals, letting King float softly around these bleeps and bloops. Check out the song after the jump.
It was last October that I had the chance to catch Orrin Evans and his Captain Black Big Band. The venue was NYC’s famed Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club, and the occasion the birthday centennial of jazz’s greatest space case, Sun Ra. I’d known Evans from his flurry of small group releases over the past few years, particularly his wonderfully adaptive and melodic touch at the piano. Those records, which mostly kept to a straightforward bop sound, in no way prepared me for the Captain Black Big Band of this set. Donned in a dashiki while leading his men to the stage, procession-style, with a conch shell, Evans and his 16-piece band summoned the spirit of the Arkestra with eerie precision, from the spontaneous mid-song exclamations (“Jupiter! Venus! Mars!”) to the freewheeling, slightly off-the-rails execution of the arrangements. I knew from the CBBB’s eponymous debut that the orchestra was versatile, but the show left me with the distinct impression that these guys could do anything.
There's been a longer wait between BBNG2 and III. In the two years between the release of their last self-produced and promoted album and their first release on a label, keyboardist Matt Tavares, bassist Chester Hansen, and drummer Alex Sowinski moved their whole operation from Sowinski's dad's basement into a studio space they built themselves, signed to the young aforereferenced label Innovative Leisure, toured the globe a bit, and continued to approach their being a band with workmanlike intensity. As these young men have grown as musicians, they continued to show the results in their releases, each album stronger than the last (and also sort of reminding the jazz cognoscenti not to be so overbearing on what can objectively be called a band's early work). In their first official album, the trio have released their most polished and jazz-influenced record yet.
We try not to veer too far outside format when it comes to Nextbop @ AoC but we'll make an exception every now and again for BBNG. Today, our boys from Canada have finally released III, their third album, their first on a label-- Innovative Leisure. We'll have a review of the album on the site later this week but in the meantime to gear you up for it, the guys just dropped their remix of Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's "Shame" off their recent, much hyped release, Piñata. Give it a spin after the jump and sure to cop III out now on Innovative Leisure.