Wow that was a long title… just bear with me for a sec. You’ve already got the bird’s-eye view of REVIVE Music and Blue Note Records’ Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 compilation album to be released August 7th (remember, we wrote about it here). Well singles from the record are slowly funneling onto YouTube as we near the release date, as is becoming customary in this modern age of online marketing and publicity. I know, I know, why can you only hear one song every few weeks when you’re DYING to hear the whole thing from start to finish? I’d probably agree with you that this whole pins and needles thing is more annoying than anything else, but hey, not to rub it in your face, but I already got my press copy of Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1. So yeah, I just did totally rub it in your face. Well let me tell you this… the album is DOPE. Not to overhype it or anything, but I’m already on the record calling this my favorite release of 2015. I just really dig how it has this whole jazz vibe without being overly academic, inaccessible or condescending. Simply put, it takes the best aspects of jazz music and blends them with mainstream sounds and extensive production à la Flying Lotus or Thundercat. You know how when you listen to the Robert Glasper Experiment (or the RH Factor back in the day) and you get this whole “Well this isn’t really jazz but it’s dope as fuck and jazz people can dig it and non-jazz people can also dig it…” Well Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 just oozes that whole vibe. I think it’s dope. I think it’s exciting. I really dig it. I wish them a ton of success. And I can’t wait for Vol. 2. But don’t take my word for it, check out two singles from the record below the jump.
“Dorothy Jeanne”, the first single from Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 features harpist Brandee Younger in a tribute to the late Dorothy Ashby. The track is produced by Casey Benjamin of the aforementioned Robert Glasper Experiment and showcases Chelsea Baratz on alto sax, Dezron Douglas on bass, Dana Hawkins on drums and percussion, and Anne Drummond on flute.
“Let’s Wait A While” the second single from the album features Marcus Strickland on tenor sax and bass clarinet and Christie Dashiell on vocals with help from Christian Sands (keys), Keyon Harold (trumpet), Kyle Miles (bass), and Charles Haynes (drums). “Let’s Wait A While” is a cover of Janet Jackson’s original from her 1986 Control album.
You can pre-order Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 here.
Sébastien Hélary co-founded Nextbop in 2009 with the objective of introducing modern jazz music to a younger generation of fans. Aside from music, his other main obsession is food, particularly ramen and other Japanese delicacies.