For 2013, I hope not to hear any "jazz is dead" arguments. The past few years have been rife with them, from systemic looks at the decline of the popularity to creative attempts at rebranding. None of the discussions really solve anything, but serve a human need to conflate controversy with enlightened entertainment or debate. Jazz isn't dead, so much as it's grown up.
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The EPK for Craig Taborn’s latest album is out! Chants is slated for release on ECM April 16 and obviously features Mr. Taborn on piano as well as Thomas Morgan on upright and Gerald Cleaver on drums. Check out the video below. We think you’ll dig it!
I got to sit in for Chris Galvan once again and once again I realized the challenge of putting together two hours of radio instead of my usual one a week. Fortunately, I still have a party to plug.
Nu Standards for 9 March 2013
It's all been leading up to this. Our Nextbop / Jazz 91.7 FM Jazz for the Masses Party at the Flat Top Burger Shop is on Wednesday. Then the rest of the week of me going on my annual urban walkabout finding music far outside the format of this site (I beg pardon for my impending coverage in advance). The core of my being is dedicated to preparing for this right now, this show included. This week's show is the list of acts in order of their time slots.
Nextbop / Jazz 91.7 FM Jazz for the Masses Day Party
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Flat Top Burger Shop
1900 Manor Rd., Austin, TX
Unofficial SouthBy Day Party
The Line-Up for 8 March 2013
I will constantly sing the praises of Stones Throw recording artists The Stepkids. The fusion trio (it's hard to pin a genre on these guys but they're certainly jazz enough for us to keep talking about them here) are gearing up the their upcoming release, Troubadour. After the jump, check out the video of the group playing "The Art of Forgetting" which has a bit of a Pat Metheny vibe to the composition. (Also, shout out to the "Milestones" quote.) Troubadour drops later this year.