Black American Music
Sr. Langosta - Machine Gun (Jimi Hendrix)
Live At The Blue Whale
On March 18, 2016 Mark de Clive-Lowe hit (the LA Jazz hotspot) The Blue Whale, positioning his first instrument, the grand piano, at the front of his technological world of keys and electronics. The band was world class - Brandon Eugene Owens, Josh Johnson, Gene Coye - and the result is full on live performance without the studio safety net. Mark pays tribute to three of his heroes - Yusef Lateef, Sun Ra, and Ahmad Jamal - in real time as he brings us LIVE AT THE BLUE WHALE on February 17th. Available on CD, Vinyl, and Download - preorder physical copies here, preorder begins on Itunes on January 20.
Four Letter Word
Today marks the release of the epic AFRO-CARIBBEAN MIXTAPE from Mr. Nicholas Payton. The first comment on Itunes states 'Im not sure what you call this crap. One thing's for certain: it ain't jazz' and the second comment states 'Nicholas Payton has been known to push the limits of traditional jazz'. And so it begins - BUT the point is that ACM is a nuanced, complex discussion between an inspired artist and the world - a discussion in which Mr. Payton's view is beautifully expressed, with the groove. So sit back and take the time to let this story unfold.
'While Black is a race, it is also a synonym for African. We aren't born a race - we are raced. But despite any structural attempts by the dominating class to suppress our spirits, there is a light that still shines within.' (Nicholas Payton). Thus begin the liner notes for AFRO-CARIBBEAN MIXTAPE, a master work from Mr. Payton that brings his full essence as a musician, a composer, and a Black man in America. Afro-Caribbean Mixtape delivers the history OF the music, IN the music. Drop in right here for a first listen and to pre-order your copy.
We live in an exciting time for music - jazz players are stepping out and making records that groove, records that cross into (dare we say it) popular music. Nate Smith arrives today with his debut album - KINFOLK:Postcards From Everywhere - and it's a banger. Of course the drumming is as tight as it gets, but this is a story, a vibe, and a collection of songs that will move you. With a solid band and featuring Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke, Chris Potter, Gretchen Parlato, Adam Rogers, and Amma Whatt, KINFOLK covers a LOT of ground. Take a moment, turn everything else off, and dig right in.
Atlas makes you smile
Tough times demand beautiful music. Poet Arthur O'Shaughnessy wrote 'We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams'. Cillian King and Cillian Doheny have dreamed up a beautiful suite of music on AFFINITY: music that takes you into the space between - the space that connects us all - the space that soothes - the space where all is fluid and possible. Take a brief journey today and listen to this wonderful album. And then come back tomorrow to hear it all.