Around this time last year, I got to see The Stanley Clarke Band perform in San Antonio and was reintroduced to the amazing talent of Ukranian pianist Ruslan Sirota. While Sirota has cut his teeth in Clarke's band (and won a Grammy in 2011 for their remarkable self-titled album) as well as alongside the likes of Marcus Miller, Rachelle Ferrell, Dennis Chambers, Ne-Yo, Brian McKnight, and various others in assorted touring bands, the wait for Sirota to step out front with his own work was damn near interminable. Finally, like a random flash, Sirota took to his Twitter this week to announce the release of his debut album, Ruslan, available at the pay-what-you-like model at his Bandcamp for a limited time.
It's been almost a year since Toronto trio BADBADNOTGOOD released their second album BBNG2 and they guys have been hard at work ever since. From their self-built studio fortress, they have finally released their first poured over single from the upcoming BBNG3, "Hedron". (Suggestion: Matt, Chester, Alex-- follow the Led Zeppelin pattern of labeling your albums, then call your fifth album Houses of the Based.) Check out a stream after the jump and make sure to download "Hedron" at their site, which they kindly provided in high quality mp3 and FLAC.
It seems you can't turn your head without running into the talent of trumpeter Dave Douglas. His quintet recently put out a new album, Time Travel, on the Greenleaf Music label. Watch the group play "Beware of Doug" at NYC's Avatar Studios and check out the album after the jump.
Los Angelino export Danny Jonokuchi is a trumpeter with a definite Roy Hargrove feel to his sound. His group, Danny Jonokuchi Experiment, groove in the R&B and hip hop pocket. This 22-year-old bandleader is definitely a sound of this era for all the best reasons. His album, Reboot, is the kind of album that show a great deal of promise. It's impressive, albeit brief, and a great display of the career this collective can have with stick-to-itiveness. The drummer, Jamie Eblen, has some serious chops. Vocalist Alexa Barchini also has a tone and breeziness that fans of Gretchen Parlato would appreciate. You should definitely give Reboot a listen and maybe even a purchase.