the thought of you


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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cover art


‘Cover Art’ is the new project by the NEXT Collective, featuring saxophonists Logan Richardson and Walter Smith III, guitarist Matthew Stevens, keyboardists Gerald Clayton and Kris Bowers, bassist Ben Williams, drummer Jamire Williams, and special guest trumpeter Christian Scott). The album features jazz interpretations of contemporary song material by such artists as Bon Iver, Drake, N.E.R.D, Little Dragon, Pearl Jam and Jay Z and Kanye West. The album is produced by Chris Dunn and NEXT Collective. The released on Concord Jazz and available on iTunes or Amazon.

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