Last month the legendary Eddie Palmieri turned 76-years-old and to celebrate, he performed at Lincoln Center backed by a hugely talented group of musicians. We grabbed a couple photos with insight from our journalist who was front row for this incredible celebration.
With the Lee Morgan Story taking on new life this past week at Le Poisson Rouge, we’ve got some new insight into the project and a collection of great video and photos from the historic night that saw legendary trumpeter Wallace Roney take the stage in tribute to the late Lee Morgan. Originally brought to us by the dynamic duo of Ben Williams and John Robinson, the night also featured Marc Cary on keys, Justin Brown on drums, Leron Thomas on trumpet, and Raydar Ellis (DJ/Emcee).
Miles Davis alum, family, and some special guests got together as the Miles Electric Band to perform a couple of concerts the last couple months including the June 27 tribute to Miles Davis at the Hollywood Bowl which played host to Davis’ last public performance in August 1991, a month prior to his passing. We have some exclusive photos of their rehearsal courtesy of Ingrid C. Hertfelder of the Miles Davis Estate.
The two remaining members of the collective that took us on our first Bizarre Ride in November 1992 have kept their high-pitched voices mostly quiet over the past several years, all the while being portrayed as what they describe as “the bad guys.” After two plus years of refusing to participate together in any interviews, they finally decided the air required some overdue clarity, and chose Okayplayer as the venue to clean up the muck. This is the story of the Pharcyde, as told by Uncle Imani and Bootie Brown.
He’s modern jazz. He’s innovative. He’s the future… I feel as though Robert has that baton – the baton that 20 years ago Bill Laswell and Herbie Hancock had in their hands runnin’ with it and all that came after it. His jazz chops are so on the ball they can start doing real progressive things! They can take those J Dilla chords and apply them to 7/8 meter. Especially when The Experiment is performing… they’re really doing some aggressive rhythmic stuff together. They’re really applying a lot of polyrhythms that really haven’t been executed before in hip hop or jazz. -Questlove on Robert Glasper
There was a time not so long ago when artists were as concerned about their performance, their persona, and their outfits, in addition to the funky grooves that they were sending out into the airwaves. The Revivalist shares with you our favorite images of funk fashion royalty, artists who have carried trends over the decades, and pioneered aesthetic choices and started trends, while simultaneously audaciously declaring their identity through their choice of clothing.
Revive Da Live and Harlem Stage teamed up to produce the free event at Annunciation Park in Harlem this past Saturday, featuring The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble and special guests. Miguel’s virtuosic work as a composer, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist has made him one of the most celebrated young musicians of his time.
Check out some pictures from the 25th Annual UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival featuring the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble with Talib Kweli, Bilal, Quadron, Pharoahe Monch and more as well as Little Dragon, Lupe Fiasco, and a whole slew of exciting artistry.
If you weren’t able to come to the Revive Da Live Big Band Tribute to Guru OR check out the live stream (or even if you did), be sure to take a look through some of the photos from this historic night.
The Revivalist crew tried our hardest to go to any and every show at SXSW. It’s an impossible feat and we certainly didn’t even come close, but we did see a lot of amazing shows and meet a ton of incredible people in Austin. Check out our brief photo recap of the madness that is SXSW!
When the Revivalist caught legendary funk vocalist Steve Arrington at Southpaw on Friday February 18th, 2011 awaiting his stage debut after 25 years, he was sitting inconspicuously on a lone stool in the corner of the club, feeling out both his own emotions and those of the growing crowd that came out early to warm up in the funky beats DJ Spinna so aptly stewed up.
The Revivalist kicks off “My Studio”, a photo series featuring you and your work station, whatever that may consist of today. “My Studio” will show the stark contrast, nuances, and creative assembly of different forms of equipment that make up unique studios. Though we doubt many people will make use of the gramophone nowadays, just because digital makes things easier, does not mean that it is the method that is always preferred.
DROM got lit up Friday night with point on performances by the likes of Illa J (who also took a stab at the piano for his set), T3 of Slum Village, and Q-Tip who was later joined by fellow Tribe member Jarobi for a few classics including “Award Tour,” which closed out the night. In between sets DJ Metaphysic and Mick Boogie held down the Dilla duty, parsing through Jay’s tracks to the delight of the audience. Overall the night was made special by the love put into it by all of the performers, as well as Ma Dukes and Joylette Hunter, head of the J Dilla Foundation and Dilla’s former fiancé.
DC’s own, Photographer Jati Lindsay often comes up to shoot some of our concerts in NYC, we are thankful for his presence and of course his steady hand, creativity and support throughout the years.
Looking back on the last forty years since the release of Bitches Brew, we have seen numerous generations of new musicians and artists coming up and making their individual, indelible marks on the world. Yet, certain things have that special spark, lingering around through the changes that time brings, altering the course of new artistry and serving as a guiding force for young artists. Bitches Brew continues to last the test of time guiding the likes of Nas, Wayne Coyne, Don Cheadle, Bill Cosby, and many more. Check out their take on how the album affected them accompanied by special edition Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary photos.
It’s a difficult thing to capture the essence of Miles Davis in a realistic way, aside from listening to his music and watching old clips of him that is. The man who once dubbed himself the ‘Prince Of Darkness’ was a complicated being, especially to those who try to separate his body of work from the unique personality. There is something about him that draws the curiosity of all who have explored his music at some point. Which is probably why the recent Cite de la Musique exhibit capturing a visual biography is so aptly titled “We Want Miles.” Not since the autobiography has something attempted to give the fan a realistic third person view of his life, unfiltered and unbiased. While it is impossible to step into the shoes of the great mind, using some of the collection of items gathered from his life lets people get a glimpse of what was brewing in his head. And we have a virtual tour of the museum in store for you, to make up for the agony of not being able to buy a time machine and plane ticket to Paris or Montreal.
Quadron is best at gently stunning us, over and over again. The Danish duo, made up of vocalist Coco and musician/producer Robin, have an achingly beautiful sound. Rooted in an electronic soul-meets-folky R&B, their music reaches into 90’s pop melodies, walls of rich jazz chords and electronic rhythms to create a world of quiet simplicity. This is headphone music at its finest.
Held on April 24th 2010 at Harlem Stage
Revive Music Group’s tribute to the legendary jazz musician Roy Ayers features an amazing lineup of music pioneers including legendary hip hop producer Pete Rock, jazz trailblazer The Robert Glasper Experiment and special guests. For this very unique event, the featured artists will collaborate in tribute to the extraordinary career of vibraphonist Roy Ayers and his influence and contributions to contemporary urban music.