the thought of you

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Drummer Otis Brown III – an invaluable sideman with the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, Oliver Lake, Somi, and others – has announced the release of his debut album ‘The Thought of You’, which will arrive September 23 via Revive/Blue Note, a new partnership between Revive Music and Blue Note Records. The first single taken from the album “The Thought Of You Pt. 1″ featuring Bilal debuted this week on Billboard.

Brown’s maiden voyage features an impressive roll call of artists including a core band consisting of pianist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, saxophonist John Ellis, and bassist Ben Williams, with organist Shedrick Mitchell and guitarist Nir Felder making special appearances. Singers Bilal, Gretchen Parlato, and Nikki Ross contribute standout performances that underscore the sentiments of the album’s co-producer, Derrick Hodge, who says, “Otis has become one of those drummers who once you hear him play, his experience becomes your experience in the moment.” (read more on Blue Note Records)

Pre-order now on iTunes – see the entire tracklist after the jump.

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aurorasmushroomtenderness

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Carlos Niño’s new album “AURORASMUSHROOMTENDERNESS” out on disques corde, features Deantoni Parks, Farmer Dave Scher, Kelsey Gonzalez, Cut Chemist, Dexter Story and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Stream the preview mix after the jump and watch the official video of ‘Enter The Nowosphere’, directed and edited by Azul Niño. Official release date was 16th July 2014, order online direct or on Amazon. Read the Carlos Nino special interview on stripe-dot.

“Enjoying this new music flow … Charming, magical, serene, uplifting, trance inducing … the talk section is precious … Love,” - LARAAJI

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v

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The japanese jazz-trio Cro-Magnon consisting of Shigekazu Otake, Takumi Kaneko, Tsuyoshi Kosuga is back. After four years they are about to release their seventh album, simply titled ‘V’. Released is July 16th on Jazzy Sport. Pre-order via Amazon (Japan only). See the full tracklist and stream the album teaser below.

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enjoy the view

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Legendary vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson returns to Blue Note for the June 24 release of “Enjoy The View,” recorded by an all-star collective with saxophonist David Sanborn and organist Joey DeFrancesco, and featuring drummer Billy Hart. Order the album now on iTunes, Amazon or HHV.

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unstraight ahead

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Los Angeles label Now-Again Records releases the newest album by Jay Whitefield (Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers) and company ‘Unstraight Ahead’ by Karl Hector and the Malcouns. Listen and download the track ‘Push Na Ya’ for free here. Album now on sale at Rappcats or iTunes.

Afrodelic Kraut Funk excursions featuring Members of Poets of Rhythm and Whitefield Brothers. Unstraight Ahead finds Karl Hector and his cohorts exploring territories outside of the already-expansive scope of their debut album Sahara Swing. On this album, the West African sounds of Ghana and Mali meet the East African sounds of Mulatu Astatke’s Ethiopian jazz and are tied together with the groove heavy experimentalism of The Malcouns’ 70s Krautrock godfathers: Can, of course, but also more obscure and equally adventurous groups like Agitation Free, Ibliss and Tomorrow’s Gift. It’s an album out of time, one that couldn’t have been made in the era its aural aesthetics reference, as its scope is so broad. But it’s an album focused by funk – and an ambition to expand funk’s reaches. The Malcouns – including Poets of Rhythm songwriter and vocalist Bo Baral – created their own instruments to fashion an album that stands alongside the great albums of its progenitors but charges Unstraight Ahead into a curious musical future.

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III

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BADBADNOTGOOD are back … Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. Since their inception at Humber College’s Music Performance program in 2011, the three have challenged the rule book on improvised instrumental music and taken jazz tradition into the future. With early champions including acclaimed BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson and Tyler The Creator who helped fuel their discovery with a series of live jams that instantly went viral and dubbed them the “Odd Trio”, the band released their first EP ‘BBNG’ in June 2011 to wide praise. The marriage of jazz virtuosity and hip hop source material offered a fresh take on the traditional “standard” applied to hip hop classics by taking on choice cuts from the golden era rap cannon and writing inspired arrangements for them instead of one-dimensional covers.

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when the world was one

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Manchester based DJ, bandleader and trumpeter Matthew Halsall, is one of the UK’s brightest talents. His albums have won him a legion of fans across the world and acclaim from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, Mr Scruff, Radio 3′s Late Junction, MOJO, BBC Music Magazine and BBC 6 Music. His latest album ‘On The Go’ was winner of best jazz LP at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2011. The new project is a collaboration between him and The Gondwana Orchestra. ‘When The World Was One’ will be released on Gondwana Records on 16th June, you can pre-order on Bandcamp.

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hex

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Toshia Matsurra formly of the United Future Organisation (U.F.O.)., drummer Midorin of Soil & Pimp Sessions, Kan Sano (Keyboard) and Yoshihito “P” Koizumi (Bass) are HEX. Their first album fuses jazz with some electronic sounds. ‘Tokyo Blues’ featuring Ed Motta and a rework of ‘Osaka Blues’ with Japanese singer Yoshie Nakano. Available now in Japan, release in Europe by end of may. Preview the album below, order on Amazon or Dusty Groove.

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