Fresh Cut Orchestra – “The Mothers’ Suite – II: Mother’s Love” (Video)

Fresh Cut Orchestra – “The Mothers’ Suite – II: Mother’s Love” (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Fresh Cut Orchestra led by trumpeter Josh Lawrence, bassist Jason Fraticelli, and drummer Anwar Marshall are a group whose music is as rife with love and affection as it is with vibrant creative ideas. Their new album, From the Vine, comprised mostly of Jason Fraticelli’s “Mothers’ Suite” gathers together so many elements of the jazz genre to make an album that’s pulls everything together for an altogether pleasant listen. The album drops next month on Ropeadope Records but you can start to hear drips and drabs of it across the internet. Our friends at Revive Music recently premiered the video for the first part of the “Mothers’ Suite”, “Birth of a Child, Birth of Mom”. Today, we’re premiering the video for part 2, “Mother’s Love”. Check out the video for this Latin-tinged song (it’s got some spice to it) after the jump.

Fresh Cut Orchestra’s debut album, From the Vine, is out February 17th on Ropeadope Records. You can pre-order it on iTunes and their Bandcamp.

The Line-Up for 23 January 2015

The Line-Up for 23 January 2015

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

This week, I wasn’t exactly organized in putting this week’s show together, but there have been a few albums that are yet to release that I wanted to finally play on the air that have been rattling around in my head for a while. This week has debuts, I think, so that’s something.

The Line-Up for 23 January 2015

Jamie Cullum – Interlude
Folks have been raving at the station about Jamie Cullum’s new album, which says a lot because these guys have been sticklers about Jamie Cullum for a while. Oh, I’ve loved pretty much everything he’s done since Twentysomething, but the classic turn he took on his new Blue Note debut, Interlude, has these guys here changing their mind on this perpetually talented dude. I’m just glad this album is finally making its way to the States.
Gold Panda – We Work Nights
Jeremy Pelt – Harlem Thoroughfare
It would seem like periodically trumpeter Jeremy Pelt will release an album without me ever noticing, seeing a mention on social media, getting an email from a publicist or label, or most certainly not getting the album in my mailbox. I’ll arrive at the station as I do every week to put together my show, check the new releases stacks and learn with a kind of excitement that has a specific shade to it, like a joy made of burnt sienna.
Rudresh Mahanthappa – Talin is Talking
I’m going to keep tossing songs from Bird Calls on the show.
Tomoko Omura – Ge Ge Ge
I’ve played Roots through once or twice lately and I’ve really been enjoying it. Omura’s approach to Japanese music feels revelatory as opposed to instructional.
Makaya – Frequent Flyer
Albert “Tootie” Heath/Ethan Iverson/Ben Street – I Will Survive
I’ve been wanting to play music from Tootie Heath’s new album, Philadelphia Beat, for maybe a month now. Tootie’s Tempo was the jam and I got really excited to see this trio get together again. Philadelphia Beat drops next month on Sunnyside.
Vijay Iyer Trio – Diptych
I’ve been obsessed with this song for the last week and a half. The two notes that float throughout this song have become my heartbeat.
Flying Lotus – Breathe . Something/Stellar STar
Makaya McCraven – First Thing First
In what is the sure cynosure McCraven’s live improv groove-based album, In the Moment, it’s easy to get lost in the beat, not noticing it take over completely, until you’re deep into the weeds with an undeniable, unconscious sway.
Mndsgn – Convert
Fresh Cut Orchestra – Sanguine
I’ve enjoyed Fresh Cut Orchestra’s album, From the Vine, but particularly enjoyed the skittering nature of its closing track.

Tigran – ‘Mockroot’ Behind the Scenes Video

Tigran – ‘Mockroot’ Behind the Scenes Video

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

We’ve been waiting for pianist Tigran Hamasyan’s upcoming album, Mockroot, for a while now ever since he hinted about it last November when we saw him play in Austin with bassist Arthur Hnatek and drummer Sam Minaie, both of whom are on Tigran’s Nonesuch debut. This new video he released showing the behind the scenes process of making this expansive music. There’s a lot going on in this music and it’s clear here in the making of it, but it’s going to be cool to hear how it’s all going to turn out February 3. Check out the video after the jump.

This is pretty helpful framing for the two songs Tigran released earlier, “Entertain Me” and “The Apple Orchard in Saghmosavanq”.

Mockroot, the upcoming album from Tigran Hamasyan, is out. February 3 on Nonesuch Records. You can pre-order it now on iTunes.

Dylan Maida – ‘Wild Bill’ EP

Dylan Maida – ‘Wild Bill’ EP

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

You’ve heard us mention Dylan Maida before, right? Kid from Queens, one third of Pink Ride, mad decent on the keys? He’s a young musician with good taste, good hustle, and apparently many hats. Maida just recently posted a solo EP on his Bandcamp titled Wild Bill featuring three original songs and rather groove-centric takes on Kanye West’s “Bound 2″ and the jazz standard “Alone Together”. It’s a cool little selection of songs to check out, a blip on your radar to remind you to keep looking out for Dylan Maida. He’s going places.

Check out the EP after the jump.

Tracks 1, 2 and 3 composed by Dylan Maida
Track 4 composed by Kanye West + 12
Track 5 composed by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz
credits
released 21 January 2015

Dylan Maida – keyboards, bass, drums & guitar

Johnny Butler & Kassa Overall Play Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out” (Video)

Johnny Butler & Kassa Overall Play Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out” (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Saxophonist Johnny Butler and drummer Kassa Overall have a good working rapport going. As a duo, they make explosive, jamming music that inhabits the chewy center in the crossing Venn diagram of hip hop, jazz, and electronic music. Last year, Butler’s Raise It Up EP was a cool little surprise, and they’re back again with a super glitchy video of the pair performing Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out” live at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall. Check it out after the jump.

johnny butler x kassa overall from (collabo!) on Vimeo.

Check out more of Butler & Overall off Butler’s latest release, their Raise It Up EP available at Butler’s Bandcamp page.

Vijay Iyer Trio Breaks ‘Break Stuff’ in San Antonio

Vijay Iyer Trio Breaks ‘Break Stuff’ in San Antonio

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Some note hovering between an F and an F# hovered over the Vijay Iyer Trio during their soundcheck before their performance Saturday, January 17th at San Antonio’s Carver Community Cultural Center. Bassist Stephan Crump picked out the note, concerned it would float over the night’s show like a phantom. Drummer Tyshawn Sorey, in for Marcus Gilmore who was currently in London performing at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards (so he gets a pass), already had snark ready for Facebook later. However, the capable crew of the Carver soldiered through and solved the Case of the Wonky Mix, and a moderate, but dedicated crowd of jazz fans were among the first to hear and purchase the latest music off pianist Vijay Iyer’s Break Stuff.

The album which is very much in the same vein as Iyer’s previous groundbreaking trio albums like 2012’s Accelerando and 2009’s Historicity, captures yet again what these talented musicians could do if their genes were spliced with hummingbirds. It would seem that Break Stuff follows what could almost be considered a template for Iyer Trio albums, with its songs of interweaving polyrhythms, electronic influences expressed acoustically, and leaps in tone, shade, tenor, and pace happening on a dime, yet there are fewer covers of contemporary songs here. The album pulls from Billy Strayhorn and John Coltrane, but the original compositions are hip enough on their own to merely need inspiration from Detroit’s Robert Hood (on “Hood”) as opposed to pulling from Heatwave, Michael Jackson, or Flying Lotus like on previous albums.

The trio’s set construction involves a lot of seamless transitions into songs. This evening marked the first time ever where Break Stuff was available for sale, Iyer just received copies earlier that day, so while this audience — some dedicated modern jazz fans, some truly dedicated Carver Center season ticket holders who weren’t off off attending one of the numerous other events going on during a busy San Antonio night nestled in the middle of MLK Dream Week, a week of socially-conscious events with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as its focal point — may be among the first to hear this new music, the trio played in such a fluid way with songs morphing into songs that those who purchased the album that night have quite the labyrinthine path to walk determining with it and Iyer’s past works all that entailed in the hour and a half set. This is how Iyer’s live sets in the trio format tend to be, but with this new material, there was a different shade of exploration going on for the audience.

As busy as these guys can play, they’re just as great when they’re barely languishing. Crump hangs, like seriously hangs. In a music so utterly defined by precision, Crump’s pocket seems to be the last possible moment. He’s precisely imprecise. Moreso, it’s written all over his very expressive bass face. This most appreciative crowd at the Carver’s Jo Long Theater may have been listening closely and well, but they just couldn’t feel each and everyone one of these notes the way Crump was feeling them. His enthusiasm is unceasing.

The trademark sound of Iyer’s tone would have to be some constant rattling, an ongoing unsettlement that blankets the music, giving it some texture even in its quiet moments. Both Gilmore and Sorey provide this sound, but Sorey seems to entirely inhabit this musical space, long becoming accustomed to its higher altitude and decreased oxygen. He can keep vibrating through a song like “Break Stuff” with it’s simultaneous rhythms and interplay, swimmingly enough, and then Iyer and Crump will fall off in an instant and Sorey will kill, right when you least expect it. There were a few moments like these throughout the night where this occurred, each of them genuinely surprising, each of them distinct.

To be honest, it took a little bit of work getting San Antonio familiar with the work of Vijay Iyer. San Antonio is a jazz city, but it’s still steadily expanding its palate. Over the last few years, the efforts of Executive Director Yonnie Blanchette of the Carver Center and others on staff there that have done the diligence of bringing world class talent that keeps this city’s music loving community wanting more. This was Iyer’s second time to the Alamo City, his first time with the trio, and with an appreciative audience like this in a city that loves music so incredible, it shouldn’t be too hard to keep Iyer coming back.

Iyer has returned to New York for a weeklong residency at The Stone through to the 25th with collaborations with Himanshu Suri, Sorey once more, Steve Lehman, Liberty Ellman, Rafiq Bhatia, Teju Cole, Wadada Leo Smith, and many many more.
He’ll be back to San Antonio as part of Musical Bridges Around the World’s Music Without Borders: Jazz Impressions Shows with the Brentano String Quartet on Sunday, May 24.

Break Stuff is out February 10 on ECM Records. You can pre-order it on iTunes and Amazon.

Nextbop @ Art of Cool editor Anthony Dean-Harris hosts the modern jazz radio show, The Line-Up, Fridays at 9pm CST on 91.7 FM KRTU San Antonio and is also a contributing writer to DownBeat Magazine and the San Antonio Current. You should follow him on Twitter.

Makaya McCraven – ‘In The Moment’

Makaya McCraven – ‘In The Moment’

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Drummer Makaya McCraven has put together a groove-heavy album that is well worth your ears, In The Moment. The album, which features McCraven’s drums alongside outstanding young players like Matt Ulery (bass and guitar), Marquis Hill (trumpet), Junius Paul (bass and guitar), Justefan (vibraphone), Jeff Parker (guitar), Joshua Abrams (bass), De’Sean Jones (sax), and Tony Barba (sax and electronics), releases today, January 20. The album was recorded live and consists of improvised performances performed over the course of a year and 28 shows. The 19 songs on the album were culled from nearly 48 hours of recordings to be distilled into some potent groove-based jazz. Check out some of the tunes after the jump.

The Line-Up for 16 January 2015

The Line-Up for 16 January 2015

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

This hour goes in numerous directions and even loses guidance at the end, but it’s a solid hour of things you should dig for the sake of digging things.

The Line-Up for 16 January 2015

Tomoko Omura – Soran-Bushi
Kory spoke quite highly of this new album when I came in Friday, and such recommendations are usually taken seriously. I’ll investigate further.
Teebs – Pretty Poly
Rudresh Mahanthappa – On the DL
I’ve given Bird Calls at least one run through and I like what I’ve heard, but I definitely need to play through it again. It’s been a week.
Makaya McCraven – Requests feat. Marquis Hill
I finally got McCraven’s new album, In the Moment, which I find pretty shocking because it almost snuck up on me. Ever since I’ve been using tracks from his beat tape, Living Beats EP, on the show for the last couple years, I’ve come to appreciate his work and keep an eye out for him whenever he seems to be on someone’s personnel, so I’m really glad he’s got a new album out next week that I’m getting to hear and that the world gets to appreciate.
Justin Kauflin – Up and Up
Kauflin seems to be the man of the hour, so I’m going to keep playing tracks from Dedication.
Nujabes – The Space Between Two Worlds
Wadada Leo Smith – Lake Superior
I did not pay enough attention to The Great Lakes Suite as I should have, and I know better than that, but these long sprawling songs don’t easily lend themselves to the radio, so I can get why I gave such a burner of an album a cursory look. however, this week felt like it needed some left turns, so I took a chance and stuck this in the hour.
Mndsgn – Frugality
Oliver Lake Organ Quartet – 6 and 3
I’ve had this song stuck in my head a bit the last few days.
Food (Iain Ballamy & Thomas Strønen) – Nebular
I don’t get to go to many Epistrophy Arts shows up in Austin, but PG Moreno puts on really cool stuff and I’m glad he hipped me to these dudes. If you’re around North Door this Wednesday, you should check this out. These guys remind me of Portico.
Vijay Iyer Trio – Actions Speak
I can have this song stuck in my head at any random time. Iyer’s show last Friday at the Carver was awesome. I’m working on a thing now.
D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Really Love
Last week, I was flabbergasted that weeks had gone by and no one had added anything from Black Messiah into the KRTU computer, so I stepped up and added “Betray My Heart”. This week, I looked in the library and saw someone added this song to the library. I don’t know who did it, but I’m certainly grateful.
Jean-Michel Pilc – What Is This Thing Called Love?
I had just a little bit of time left in the hour, I’m still in love with What Is This Thing Called?, and I thought this was a clever turn off playing “Really Love”.

Sound Prints – ‘Live at Monterey Jazz Festival’

Sound Prints – ‘Live at Monterey Jazz Festival’

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Sound Prints, the quintet co-led by trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Joe Lovano, will be releasing its debut album, Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, on April 7. Douglas and Lovano are joined by Linda Oh on bass, Lawrence Fields on piano, and Joey Baron on drums. Along with two originals each from Douglas and Lovano, the band takes on two newly written tunes from Wayne Shorter, “Destination Unknown” and “To Sail Beyond the Sunset”, that were written specifically for this band. Live at Monterey Jazz Festival captures the first public performances of the Shorter tunes and the excitement that comes with playing these tunes for an audience that included the composer. It’s only appropriate that Sound Prints would put together this Shorter-influenced set, as the band’s name is a nod to Shorter’s classic tune “Footprints”. Check out some performances from the band in 2012 after the jump.

“Power Ranger”

“Sound Prints”

Live at Monterey Jazz Festival Track List:
1. Sound Prints (Joe Lovano)
2. Sprints (Dave Douglas)
3. Destination Unknown (Wayne Shorter)
4. To Sail Beyond The Sunset (Shorter)
5. Weatherman (Lovano)
6. Power Ranger (Douglas)

Skerik, John Medeski, and Adam Deitch are DRKWAV

Skerik, John Medeski, and Adam Deitch are DRKWAV

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Saxophonist/arranger Skerik is one of those musicians who always seems to be up to something interesting. The same could also be said of the consistently flabbergasting pianist/organist John Medeski and drummer Adam Deitch. If any of them announces a project, one should take note, so news of a team-up for the three of them is triply as noteworthy. The trio have joined up as the group DRKWAV and are set to release their very trippy, psychedelic album The Purge on February 24. It’s a release that looks to journey toward dark corners and throw a party. Check out the first single, “Darkwave”, after the jump.

DRKWAV’s The Purge is set to release in limited edition, multi-color vinyl, double-LP set, on CD, and digitally on the Royal Potato Family Label. Look for it on February 24th and look for these guys on the road throughout the late winter/early spring.

TOUR DATES
February 27 – Boston, MA – Regattabar
February 28 – Portland, ME – Asylum
March 4 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre
March 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
March 6 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
March 7 — Washington, DC – The Hamilton
March 12 – Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
March 13 & 14 – Denver, CO — Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
April 7 – New Orleans, LA – Maison