José James’ new album “Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday” will be released February 3rd in Japan and March 31st worldwide on Blue Note Records. The album is produced by Don Was and featuring Jason Moran on piano, John Patitucci on bass, Eric Harland on drums. It’s James tribute to one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. Watch the trailer after the jump.
Melanie De Biasio is a graduate of the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and already an acclaimed artist in her home country of Belgium and in the neighbouring Francophone nation to the south. Initially heralded as a new voice in jazz! After her first album in 2007 “A Stomach Is Burning” featuring Steve Houben, she released her second album “No Deal” on PIAS Le Label back in 2013.
“Cave Art” is an engrossing blend of live covers from the DJM trio headed by Dominic J Marshall. The album covers hip hop and experimental electronic music from the likes of Jaylib, Flying Lotus, MF DOOM, 9th Wonder, and many other contemporary artists. Available on Bandcamp, out on Paxico Records.
After his collaborative dub/jazz album with Prince Fatty, “Measures” is the second album this year by UK based Jazz producer Ben Lamdin aka Nostalgia 77.
»The original Nostalgia 77 Octet having been disbanded after the death of drummer Graham Fox. “Measures” sees Lamdin’s long time collaborator, bass player and arranger Riaan Vosloo stepping to the fore, bringing six original compositions. The pair’s aim was to produce an album ranging from the chaotic to the meditative. On ‘Measures’, Vosloo’s writing strikes a delicate balance between strong themes and free space for the improvisers – a perfect canvas for the impressive cast of Kit Downes (piano), James Allsopp (reeds), Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet), Tim Giles (drums) and Vosloo himself on bass. The record captures the fiery fluidity of the band’s live performances. The album contains nods to the two dominant influences on this group over the years, in renditions of Sun Ra’s otherworldly “An Island In The Sun” and British firebrand (and previous Nostalgia 77 collaborator) Keith Tippett’s “Thoughts To Geoff”.«
The soundcloud selection for october’14 holds 48 great tracks by some of bklyn’s favourite artists, producers and beat-makers. The set ’10.14′ contains productions by HISANOVA, NeguimBeats, Melodiesinfonie, King Thelonious, Jaze Baqti, Tom Misch, Iamnobodi, Monk, 20Syl, Submotion Orchestra, Kaytranada, Fulgeance & DJ Scientist, Es-K, Big K.R.I.T, Agnes Obel, any many more. Check out our (almost) daily updated soundcloud page.
Melvin Van Peebles, the filmmaker, musician, author behind the landmark movie ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song’ and the trilogy of ‘Brer Soul’ albums he released in the 70s has teamed with the UK ensemble Heliocentrics to create an interplanetary space/love odyssey told in twelve chapters. For the Heliocentrics, “The Last Transmission” represents their third Now-Again album, following Out There in 2007 and “13 Degrees of Reality in 2013“.
»Van Peebles makes for the Heliocentrics’ ideal foil: he did graduate work in astronomy in Holland in the 1950s and maintains an avid interest in cosmology. The Heliocentrics, as their name conveys, draw inspiration from both the philosophic leanings of the likes of Stephen Hawkings and interstellar mysteries, like those surrounding the Malian Dogon tribe’s knowledge of the Sirius B star hundreds of years before it was discovered. Their music is as indebted to Sun Ra’s interstellar jazz as it is inspired by psychedelia’s spiritual expanse. »»
Leron Thomas currently makes major moves – with Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran (Blue Note) and Guts (Heavenly Sweetness) – he now released his collaboration LP with Malik Crumpler entitled ‘Take It..’. Out now on On-Point Records, available at Bandcamp (vinyl/digital), or on iTunes.
“Leron Thomas makes it clear with his latest project ..Take It that he has no intention of being bound by genre or held back by being independent. With a soulful electronic vibe Thomas delivers his most challenging album yet. Co-produced with Malik Crumpler, one would never guess this was recorded by the two, home-studio style in NYC. The tracks weave in and out with a knowing sense of chord progression, cutting wit and moments of hilarity. Coupled with new music videos, Thomas shows he has no intention of slowing down and has a seemingly endless pit of creativity.” -2013 live4ever.uk.com
Another month, another selection – ‘Favourite Things 8.14‘ is now ready for streaming.
It’s a monthly musically journey through our daily soundcloud expedition. The set for august is 2,5hrs long and holds 47 tracks. Featuring productions and songs by Thrupence, Shafiq Husayn, S. Fidelity, FloFilz, Diggs Duke, REdefinition, Kriswonto, Amin Payne & Ben Bada Boom, Suff Daddy, Flandy, Bilal, Jordan Rakei, Ka-Yu, Computer Jay & Orfeo, TUFO, Bonobo, iZem, Freddie Joachim, Tall Black Guy, Dexter, Jonwayne, Barney Artist, El Michels Affair, and many more. Check out the latest selections and tracks on our almost daily updated soundcloud page.
Pianist Jason Moran will release his ninth album, “All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller”, is a collaboration with the vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello that recasts the music of the legendary jazz entertainer Fats Waller as a modern dance party. The project is produced by Blue Note president Don Was and Ndegeocello. The album features artists including trumpeter Leron Thomas, vocalist Lisa E. Harris, saxophonist Steve Lehman, trombonist Josh Roseman and drummer Charles Haynes.
Out September 16th on Blue Note Records, pre-order now on iTunes.
Mammal Hands debut album ‘Animalia’ will be released on Gondwana Records. The album’s entirely produced by label owner Matthew Halsall. After GoGo Penguin (v2.0), Mammal Hands is the new signing for the label. Release is Monday 15th September 2014, pre-order on CD and Digital formats online at Bandcamp.