Last year, the always vibrant, visionary saxophonist Charles Lloyd and his group The Marvels released their album, I Long to See You, on Blue Note. It's an amazing album and the group of guitarist Bill Frisell, pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland completely kill live. For a most fitting example, Lloyd released this live recording of them performing Bob Dylan's "Masters of War" at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, California on November 28 featuring Lucinda Williams on vocals. The song has always been weighty, and these folks play it extra heavy, but Lloyd wanted to make sure this version got out today on this particularly solemn American Presidential Inauguration Day. Check out the stream of the song (which is also available for download) and Lloyd's statement after the jump.
A new Kneebody album is cause for celebration, that and probably fanatical dancing. The rambunctious quintet consisting of Ben Wendel on tenor sax, Shane Endsley on trumpet, Adam Benjamin on keyboards, Kaveh Rastegar on bass, and Nate Wood on drums (when they aren't multi-tasking, of course) are getting ready to release their next album, Anti-Hero, on March 3rd on Motéma Music. In fact, the first single, "Uprising", is available for download now when you pre-order the album on iTunes. Check it out after the jump; like many things involving this band, you shouldn't sleep on this.
Singer José James is changing tack. James has always had every ingredient of soul in his sound, so for him to embrace R&B in his upcoming album, Love in a Time of Madness isn't too far-fetched a notion. For example, check out the video for the first single, "Always There". José James is large; he contains multitudes; he wants to dance. Check it out after the jump.
The latest trend going around Facebook lately is listing influential albums from one's teenage years. The idea is to show a snapshot of one's taste, background, interests, generational and regional differences, and so many other little details one can ascertain from lists of personal interests. In an era of constant nostalgia, it's a pretty common 2017 thing to do. It would be annoying if it weren't such an enticing thing to do and just so damned interesting. We figured we'd get in on it and reveal our young tastes to you. I mean, hey, Pitchfork did it.