Here’s a great video from Harold Lopez-Nussa’s concert at the Cotton Club in Tokyo. Don’t miss him in the US this September! http://ow.ly/zv8yt
New album teaser for Tony Allen’s Film Of Life, due out in October on Jazz Village.
Get the single “Go Back” on iTunes now!
"When: Wed., July 30, 8 p.m.
On the cover of his most recent album, Border-Free (Jazz Village), explosive Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes wears an enormous feathered Native American headdress—a reference to a tune of his called “Afro-Comanche,” which honors Comanches deported by Spanish soldiers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries from what would later become the southwestern U.S., many of whom ended up in Cuba (via Mexico and Spain) and integrated into the island’s community. The message is clear: people, like music, aren’t contained or defined by geography. Few musicians have embodied that idea as thoroughly as Valdes, who cofounded influential Cuban jazz-fusion group Irakere in 1973; with his protean talents, he’s obliterated the boundaries between Cuban tradition and jazz tradition. The name of his current group is of course a hat tip to Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and though the original tunes nod to Latin music (propulsive clave-based polyrhythms, ubiquitous percussion breakdowns, et cetera), they usually follow the durable “theme followed by improvisation” structure that’s endured in hard bop for six decades. (The band’s previous album is called Chucho’s Steps, a Coltrane reference.) “Bebo,” which Valdes wrote to memorialize his brilliant piano-playing father, sounds like a jazz standard with a clave beat; it’s also one of three tracks to feature the fiery saxophone of Branford Marsalis. Other pieces reach elsewhere for ideas. “Abdel” explores Gnawa music; “Pilar,” which opens as an extended duet with bassist Angel Gaston Joya Perellada, weaves in bits of two pieces Valdes’s mother loved, Miles Davis’s “Blue in Green” and Bach’s Prelude in D Minor; and “Caridad Amaro,” written for his grandmother, borrows from Rachmaninoff. —Peter Margasak”
Currently in Japan - coming to the US this September!
July 26, Saturday, 8 PM
Sponsored by WSKG Public Media
Since that night in 2007 when she brought the WKC house down, Catherine Russell’s renown as one of the foremost interpreters and explorers of mid-20th century American music has skyrocketed. A Grammy Award winner, she regularly plays Lincoln Center and hundreds of other major venues and festivals worldwide, has made two appearances on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, appeared on “Piano Jazz” with Marian McPartland, and has garnered rave reviews and awards both in France and at home. “Cat” will be backed by Matt Munisteri on guitar, Mark Shane, piano, and Tal Ronen, bass.”
Here’s our Throwback Thursday: our 2008 release of Soul Science by Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara!
With fat, buzzing bass lines, no-holds-barred guitar licks, playful yet virile rhythms, searing fiddle riffs, pounding, viscerally percussive groundswells and vocals that feel as old as the ages yet fresh as the dawn, Soul Science is less of a cross-cultural collaboration than an arresting, endlessly fascinating dispatch from a new nation entirely. Justin Adams (electric and acoustic guitars, Tamashek lute, percussion, banjo, vocals) and Juldeh Camara (lead vocals, one-string fiddle, West African banjo, percussion) have achieved a white-hot synthesis instigated by centuries of history refracted through the kaleidoscope that is the information age.
NPR Music - The Best African Music of 2008
KEXP - Top Ten Albums of 2008
PopMatters - The Best Albums of 2008 & Best World Music of 2008 (#1)
BBC Sound of the World - Record of the Month
Songlines - Best Albums of the Year
"What really sets this album apart is the amalgam of Adams’s cool, confident take on rock, with Camara’s wailing chops and spectacular rich and emotive ritti sound. Few African blues tracks rock as hard as the edgy, searing, backbeat-driven ‘Ya Ta Taaya’” - Afropop
Also touring this fall are The Swingle Singers ! http://ow.ly/zhznD (Click on “All Concerts”)
9/27 - EMMA Concert Association: Flagler College - St. Augustine, FL
10/2 - Live at Rose Lehrman - Rose Lehrman Arts Center - Harrisburg, PA
10/3 - The Center For Arts Natick (TCAN) - Natick, MA
10/9 - Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art - Pawley’s Island, SC
10/10 - Paramount Theatre - Goldsboro, NC
10/11 - Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. - Wilmington, NC
10/12 - St John UMC Augusta - Augusta, GA
10/14 - Oklahoma City Community College - Oklahoma City, OK
10/19 - The University of Texas at Austin - Austin, TX
On tour this fall!