What can I say about That?s What I Say, John Scofield?s tribute to Ray Charles? It?s fun. It?s a celebration. It?s a party with Sco, Larry Goldings, Steve Jordan, John Mayer, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, David ?Fathead? Newman, Aaron Neville, Warren Haynes, Willie Weeks, and many more. Needless to say, there is some soul on […]
Two good compilations were released domestically in the last few weeks. Chillout Jazz comes from the Benz-Street. I?m listening to this in the middle of the night (love those three-day weekends) and I can attest that it sets a good late-night vibe. It pulls the majority of the artists from the Good Looking label so […]
DJ Spooky, who always deserves attention when he releases a new recording, is now an author. Using his real name, Paul D. Miller, he has written Rhythm Science, a book with his thoughts on art, music, sampling and remixing. In a recent interview with Katie Dean, Miller explains how the book came about: ?I felt […]
No updates this week due to the death of my father this weekend. He was a good man of incredible strength who will be very much missed.
As reported in January, Bluey assembled an all-star group (called Hope Collective) to record a song to help victims of the tsunami. The single, entitled “Give and Let Live,” was released in the UK last week. There is currently no scheduled availability in the U.S. It’s an incredibly infectious song. It’s pure Bluey. The horns, […]
New weekly jazz programming returns to the airwaves this fall when Legends of Jazz debuts on PBS. Ramsey Lewis will host thirteen 30-minute shows each with a different theme such as “Voices of the Next Generation,” “The Divas,” and “The Golden Horns.” Chick Corea, Marcus Miller, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, George Benson, George […]
I was happy to see that one of my favorite bands is working on a new release. Liquid Soul already has three unmixed live cuts from their forthcoming release on their web site. Despite a hiatus and change in personnel, these selections sound like the band hasn’t lost any of its edge. Can’t wait.
I just discovered the unique sound of DJ Monkey. The band combines spoken word, jazz, soul, rock, funk, and hip hop. I love genre-defying bands and this one puts the emphasis on defiance. Through their lyrics, they challenge the status quo. Through their sound, they defy categorization or conventions. I just put the track ?5th […]
The latest release by The Bad Plus can only be purchased online at two music stores. Seven of the eight tracks of Blunt Object – Live In Tokyo are now available now at iTunes, several weeks earlier than the date listed on group’s web site. It has a couple of unreleased covers including “We Are […]
Celebrating its 25th year, Concord Picante (which focuses on Latin jazz) will have several special projects. One of them is Concord Picante Regrooved, which features DJs Mario C., Cuica, Los Amigos Invisibles, among others. The disc is due May 17. Later this year, Verve strikes again with Impulse! Remixed. That is currently scheduled for September […]