It seems FlyLo and Thundercat may be getting some competition from the Aussies. Melbourne’s own 21-year-old beatmaker/producer/multi-instrumentalist/singer Silentjay is graced us with a premiere of his new single + video “Blossom Dance” ft. Kirkis on bass. While Silentjay sings with Hiatus Kaiyote and plays sax with the experimental-cinematic jazz quintet Demian, this one features the electronic side of his dynamic artistry in conjunction with Kirkis who “travelled through a portal in a microwave, where he found himself falling for love with 51 analog synths a bass guitar.”
We could not be more excited today to bring you “Army of the Faithful” from Be My Monster Love, David Murray’s first quartet album in six years. The track features a guest appearance by none other than the Grammy Award-nominated Gregory Porter as well as a brand new dynamic quartet consisting of Marc Cary on piano, Jaribu Shahid on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums. The album, which will drop June 11th, 2013 on Motéma, will also feature guest spots by Macy Gray and Murray’s former teacher, Bobby Bradford.
Dilla Month is heating up with some exciting projects dropping every day. Atlanta’s Darryl Reeves recently released a mixtape featuring his band’s renditions of their favorite Dilla beats and it’s not something to pass up. The Dillaquarium Mixtape boasts live covers of “Fantastic,” Donut Man,” and more in the seven-track voyage through Dilla hits.
The Sure Co. 5ive is a collaboration between drummer Richard Spaven and pianist Grant Windsor who create rhythmic and harmonic palettes to showcase both their own talents as well as those of their supporting artists. The London musicians have collaborated on so many projects in the past for other artists (including recording José James’ No Beginning No End and touring with Gregory Porter) that it just made sense to give folks a taste of their own style.
With roots in the late 19th and early 20th century, Ragtime became a hit with audiences for its “ragged rhythms” and danceability, finding its first notoriety in the black communities of St. Louis and New Orleans where the polyrhythmic patterns were first fusing their way into popular American music. For pianist and musical director Ric’key Pageot and enticing songstress Dessy Di Lauro, this is exactly where they wanted to begin their journey in fusing the popular American music of today with something with a little more substance.
You may know Lance Ferguson from his funk/soul band The Bamboos, but there is a deeply rooted jazz side to Ferguson that is getting featured on his brand new project entitled Menagerie. With an forthcoming album entitled ‘They Shall Inherit’ on the horizon, we got Lance to make us a Spiritual Jazz Mix to preview his style.
Chris Dave’s ‘Drumheadz Mixtape’ is dropping tomorrow and we’ve got an early listen to “Cosmic Slop” off the record. A cover of a rare Dilla beat (only 40 seconds), the track is a favorite of Dave’s as well as Pino Palladino. Check out the track and a quick interview we got with Chris!
This past weekend was a whirlwind of amazing music and as we sift through more and more of the recordings and videos, we’ll be bringing you an exclusive look at these incredible musicians, the dynamic arrangements, and the one of a kind musical moments that have to be heard!
Winter JazzFest 2013 is upon us and we’re in the thick of rehearsals and preparation for this historic weekend of music. We’ve been running around with the musicians all week and today we’ll be bringing you last minute words and music from these incredible artists throughout the day. Be sure to check back to this page often for interviews, rehearsal footage, and mixes from our stage!
Here is a 20-ish minute mix of some of todays DOPEST Jazz. I made this in preparation for Winter Jazz Fest 2013 where Revive Music will be hosting a 2 night stay. Rich Medina & I will be holding down the decks all night long, so come through and party with us!!
Happy Winter Solstice folks! On that note, we’ve got a treat for you today straight from Eletrik Indigo Studios. We met up with the purveyor of Soul, the one and only Jesse Fischer, who was in the mood to share some of his seasonal vibe with you all. Check out his one-man conglomeration of “Let It Snow”!
Today we’re premiering “2012,” a track coming from the ever-evolving Bay Area rhythm section extraordinaires, The Park. Rhythmic hit men for the likes of Alice Russell, Jesse Boykins, Big K.R.I.T. Keelay, and more, these musicians can hold it down with the best. “The Park makes me sound live and all the way in technicolor,” Darondo explains.
The term blue note is defined as “a minor interval where a major would be expected, used especially in jazz.” Having said that, consider the following sample list to be the “blue notes” of Blue Note, so to speak. This is a list of several Blue Note samples that were either used in an atypical manner, or were found on lesser-known tracks by largely popular artists.
Before the Internet, I can imagine that the art of sampling was much more arcane. I wish I could speak from experience in this case, but I am a child of the Digital Age. My venture into hip-hop began well after global interconnectivity was established. We now live in a world where it is nearly impossible to not know the samples behind one’s favorite hip-hop or R&B record. With sites like WhoSampled.com and The-Breaks.com, one can look up a track and immediately find where all the track’s chops came from. This all comes complete with YouTube videos and Spotify links, and the exact time where one can find a sampled portion in an original track.
The Monday before Thanksgiving is a mixed bag. We’re in the home stretch before a well-deserved break, but we’ve also got to finish up all of that work that we’ve left until now before we go on break. Thankfully today we’ve got something to tip this day into the positive and help you vibe out for 6-minutes (unless of course you choose to leave it on repeat). The Revivalist is excited to drop Seravince’s brand new track “U Love” ft. Renee Neufville of Zhané and solo fame.
Cory Henry is consistently the guy in the back of the band that makes you shake and move with his infectious grooves. His style inspires viral videos of him blazing on the organ in church, performing with Snarky Puppy, and grinding in his bedroom to name only a few. Long story short, you want to see him play no matter the setting, style, instrument, or group. Cory brings it.
Producer. Engineer. Multi-instrumentalist. Singer? Jesse Fischer holds no bars with his latest Soul Cycle release. Retro Future is the manifestation of Fischer’s vision. A mix of acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments, the album ranges from original compositions to covers, and from old-school to the future. If there is one take-away from this release, it is that you can not underestimate the power and vision of true artists. Check out the album streaming below with a track-by-track analysis by Jesse Fischer.
The Robert Glasper Experiment’s anticipated remix of Black Radio dropped earlier this week with a whole new set of gems to match the originals. With names like Questlove, Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, Solange Knowles, and Georgia Anne Muldrow among others attached to the project it was sure to pack some heat and surely it did.
In the realm of hip-hop sampling, the sounds of vintage keyboards abound. Although the Fender Rhodes has been a common sonic choice by producers, samples of other vintage keyboards are widespread in the genre as well. West Coast hip-hop from the early 90s, for example, was characterized by the inclusion of portamento-ridden synths (mostly sampled from Parliament-Funkadelic, hence the spinoff term “G-Funk”). However, few beat-makers have chosen to sample the Hammond B3 Organ, one of the staple sounds heard in jazz, blues, gospel, R&B, and progressive rock since the 1950s.
We are incredibly excited to announce the release of Kenneth “Gizmo” Rodgers’ debut album on Revive Music entitled Red Balloon. The album features Gizmo along with an incredible group of specials guests including Derrick Hodge, Casey Benjamin, Nick Hakim, Jamire Williams, Anna Wise, Raydar Ellis, and more. The album is also produced by Derrick Hodge.
The audiophiles over at Funk It have dropped a gem in the version of a live recording from the iTunes Festival 2012 featuring the Robert Glasper Experiment joined by MF Doom for renditions of Doom classics “Figaro” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
In commemoration of what would have been John Coltrane’s 86th birthday on 9/23/12, John Robinson and Pat Van Dkye are dropping a track entitled “Miles & Trane” from their forthcoming album. “We just really did the song in commemoration to them both. I felt like it was a cool idea just because it’s been 45 years since his passing and still today he is one of the cats that people know most when you even say “jazz music” all over the world.”
Woody Shaw III has dropped a gem of a recording from his father’s archives with Wynton Marsalis and Woody Shaw performing “Now’s the Time” (by Charlie Parker) at Fat Tuesday’s. The recording, from April 10th, 1980, features Marsalis sitting in with the Woody Shaw Quintet.
If there is one thing you should know about DJ Spinna it’s that he is an auteur. No matter the context, Spinna’s creative vision shines through project after project with each new idea bringing together an original piece of artistry with an overarching theme that lets listeners appreciate the originals in a new light. With his latest mix tape entitled “The Eccentric Movements of José James,” Spinna intertwines the early releases James put out with some of his favorites as well as a peak at some music from James’ forthcoming No Beginning, No End.