zwei

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The jazz trio from Germany/Frankfurt Contrast Trio released their new LP on WHYEMPTY Records. The Band consisting of drummer Martin Standke, pianist Yuriy Sych and bassist Tim Roth created a sound without the presentation of single instruments. “Zwei” is less virtuosic, but much more creative sound-aesthetic than their first album “Second Wave”.

“Zwei” is available on CD here and digitally on iTunes. Check their tour-dates on contrasttrio.de.

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the epic

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Jazzist, composer, and bandleader Kamasi Washington’s upcoming “The Epic” is unlike anything jazz has seen, and not just because it emanates from the boundary-defying Brainfeeder, which isn’t so much a label in the traditional sense as it is an unfurling experiment conducted by the underground producer Flying Lotus. The Epic is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington. Pulsing underneath is an otherworldly ten-piece band, each member of which is individually regarded as among the best young musicians on the planet – including bassist Thundercat and his brother, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., bassist Miles Mosley, drummer Tony Austin, keyboard player Brandon Coleman, pianist Cameron Graves, and trombonist Ryan Porter. Patrice Quinn’s ethereal vocals round out the ensemble. »Read the full description on Ninja Tune«

Released 4th May 2015 on Brainfeeder. Pre-Order via iTunes and Ninja Shop.

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no deal remixed

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Melanie De Biasio‘s acclaimed new album ‘No Deal’ will be released as ‘No Deal Remixed’ on February 23rd. Gilles Peterson called upon some of the most exciting names across the jazz, electronic and indie worlds to rework Melanie De Biasio’s acclaimed new album No Deal, including EELS, The Cinematic Orchestra, Hex, Jonwayne and Seven Davis Junior.

Out on Play It Again Sam, available on iTunes or direct.

Listen to more tracks after the jump …

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yesterday i had the blues

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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.

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melanie de biasio

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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.

The album is available on iTunes, HHV or Amazon.

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cave art

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“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.

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measures

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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 new LP will be out on Tru-Thoughts, December 8th – pre-order the limited edition vinyl or CD on Bandcamp or at Etch Shop.

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favourite things | 10.14

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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.

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the last transmission

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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. »»

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take it ..

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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

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