With a reputation for deconstructing popular songs and the avant-garde, it seems natural for the bad boys of jazz, The Bad Plus, to record their version of Stravinsky’s controversial masterpiece The Rite of Spring. This new recording captures The Bad Plus’ unique version of the piece that they debuted on tour in 2011 in a multi-media program entitled “On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.” The show received critical acclaim at every stop with the New York Times calling their interpretation “electrifying,” and the Boston Globe describing it as “exhilarating…dramatic, dynamic.”
Tony and GRAMMY Award winning singer, composer, actor, playwright and director Billy Porter has released his debut recording for Concord Records and it’s a keeper. Billy’s Back on Broadway is produced by Rob Mounsey and features 10 classics made famous on Broadway. The songs focus on inspiration, empowerment and hope and are excellent vehicles for Porter’s exceptional vocal range and lyrical interpretations.
Porter selected such songs as “But the World Goes Round,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “Luck Be A Lady,” in addition to a duet with special guest Cyndi Lauper on “Happy Days/Get Happy.” Overall, the recording… Continue reading
NANDO, coming to us all the way from New Caledonia in the South Pacific, is a mixture of Latin rhythms and jazzy sounds performed by an all star cast of musicians.
The melodies are lilting and perfectly accompanied by the steel drums of Andy Narell, pianos of Mario Canonge and Vincent Bidal. On the rhythmic side, the electric bass is provided by Linley Marthe and the batteries, played by Jean-Philippe Fanfant, Chander Sardjoe, Mokhtar and Reda Samba.
Then three duets anr all very minimalist. The first with Andy Narell, the second with JuanJo Mosalini (ex-Gotan Project) and the latter with… Continue reading
Daybreak is filled with a selection of classic tunes from the 60s, in addition to five original songs that Spencer wrote in a style to pay homage to them.
“The whole album is really a reflection of where I stand at this moment; more happy than I’ve ever been in my adult life.” Daybreak will consist of original songs and a selection of covers from the 60s like Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots are Made for Walking,” Buddy Holly’s “Oh Boy,” and “A World Without Love” by Peter and Gordon.
“I’m looking forward to performing some new songs from my new… Continue reading
The enduring success of Incognito is one of the great stories of UK music during the last 20 years. Look at the recent history of soulful UK artists and you will find any number of short-lived acts that have achieved pop success. Narrow the list to those that have created a uniquely British sound and that have endured as a global phenomenon on their own terms and the list becomes short. Dues, then, to Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and Incognito, formed in 1980 and celebrating 25 years of positive vibes and undiluted jazz funk in 2005.“Amplify my soul, electrify my… Continue reading
Chameleon, Mason’s 10th solo project, adds one more chapter to his remarkable legacy. A blend of R&B, urban and cutting-edge jazz, Chameleon takes inspiration from the title track, which Mason co-wrote with Herbie Hancock, and is a knowing nod to Mason who is nicknamed the “Chameleon” for his ability to perform so many styles of music.
The album updates classic tracks that Mason either wrote or actually played on, such as Hancock’s “Chameleon,” Grover Washington’s “Black Frost,” Patrice Rushen’s “Before the Dawn,” Donald Byrd’s “Places and Spaces” and Mason’s own “Either Way.” Look for Mason to hit the road… Continue reading
Fresh, sophisticated, soulful, Innovative and hard-grooving, ‘Tangos’ is deep, soulful, fresh, Innovative, global music that will appeal to everyone from musicologists to savvy hairdressers.
“I found that wherever I went, my friends and colleagues loved tango! On one side, there is smooth, romantic, flirtatious music – which I admit, I love to write… but then, I discovered this intense music of passion, Tango, and there is a difference between the two.”
Richard belongs to a new generation of producers who are breaking rules and making new ones. On “Tangos” Smith manages to capture a global sound, yet retain his soulful… Continue reading
The new Bona Fide CD is simply called Bona Fide. It’s the real deal. It sounds familiar, yet like nothing you’ve heard before.
In 1997, Slim Man got a call from Carl Griffin, the legendary music mogul who signed everyone from Evelyn “Champagne” King to Diana Krall.
- Carl aked Mr. Man if he was still writing instrumental music.
- Slim Man said yes. Carl said send me something.
- A band was born. A band called…BONA FIDE.
Years before, Carl Griffin had signed Slim Man to Motown Records. While at Motown, Slim Man wrote vocal songs and funky instrumentals. One of his… Continue reading
Sam Rucker has a unique musical recipe that is not just heard, but felt. This former hip-hop producer has developed a sound that is leaving a unique fingerprint on modern jazz.
His new project, Tell You Something , is music for the soul. “Awesome… worth every penny of the ticket!” claimed one audience member after a recent Sam Rucker performance in Norfolk, Virginia – because Sam Rucker is using the saxophone to blow a breath of fresh air into contemporary jazz.
On Tell You Something, Sam teams up with legendary producer Norman Connors, renowned pianist Bobby Lyle, sax great Euge… Continue reading
Fo/Mo/Deep is releasing their most eclectic work yet, TheGroovyGoodness. Brent Black of criticaljazz.com wrote “A release as deep and rich as the cover art, I’m hooked…”. Robert Young of the Vertical Spin says “Columbus, OH native composer/bassist Ron “FatKat” Holmes returns with his band fo/mo/deep to enhance their distinctive mark on another riveting contemporary jazz offering titled “TheGroovyGoodness.”
Best known for their sizzling live performances, the fo/mo/deep groove is rooted in the experimental school of the 70s…a time when jazz, soul and funk were one and the same. Seeking to defy the ordinary, this diverse collective of seasoned pros… Continue reading