Soulection’s ‘Love is King’ Sade Tribute Compilation

Soulection’s ‘Love is King’ Sade Tribute Compilation

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

The last week, a musical craze hit the wave. No, it wasn’t the South By SouthWest festival (well, not entirely), but Soulection’s tribute to Sade, the Love is King compilation, streaming on SoundCloud. These twelve songs feature remixes of classic Sade tunes from the likes of AbJo, e s t a., LAKIM, and others. It’s the reworking you never knew you need but may have always wanted. Cop it for free at the Soulection site, though you should definitely stream it below in the meantime. Don’t sleep on this like I did (over the last week when I was at SouthBy, still missing out).

Sarah Elizabeth Charles – ‘Inner Dialogue’

Sarah Elizabeth Charles – ‘Inner Dialogue’

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

Sarah Elizabeth Charles is an exhilarating vocalist who clearly rises above the field. Every time she appears on a project of someone else’s, in some new configuration, or releasing work of her own, it’s a breath of fresh air and a reminder of how great and inspiring music can really be. There are a lot of ho hum jazz and R&B vocalists out there who don’t have Charles’ range, her insights, her spirit of collaboration. In that regard, this is why Charles’ sophomore album, Inner Dialogue (out today on Truth Revolution Records), is so welcome.

The album, which Charles co-produced with trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, is soulfully moving. It inhabits a spot in jazz, soul, and R&B that isn’t afraid of veering too far in any of these directions, ultimately embracing something that’s larger than any of these parts on their own. The core group here of Charles’ vocals met with pianist/keyboardist Jesse Elder, bassist Burniss Earl Travis II, and drummer John Davis are outstanding. Travis’ groove centered bass playing has been a staple of the rootsiest works of at least the last decade. He’s a constant pleasure to listen to, particularly with John Davis whose drumming is full and rich, always interesting but never distracting. Yet Elder is all kinds of amazing on this album, whether playing piano, keyboards, or the Rhodes. There’s always something to marvel at in his playing.

Guesting on this album is the always very cool Jesse Fischer who plays glockenspiel on a few tracks and wrote album closers “More” and “Haitian Sunrise”. Camila Meza is also featured on guitar throughout, and Scott aTunde Adjuah’s trumpet sweetly blares on “Breathe”, the album’s second track and second released single, as well as on “Bells”.

What results is one of the best soul jazz albums of the first quarter of 2015, and it’s entirely capable of holding the title all the way through. Inner Dialogue is an achievement you’ll be spinning on repeat for quite a while.

Sarah Elizabeth Charles’ new album, Inner Dialogue, is out now on Truth Revolution Records.

Sarah Elizabeth Charles: Voice
Jesse Elder: Piano, Keys and Rhodes
Burniss Earl Travis II: Bass
John Davis: Drums

SPECIAL GUESTS
Christian Scott: Trumpet
Camila Meza: Guitar
Jesse Fischer: Glockenspiel

Art of Cool & Nextbop 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.

The Line-Up for 20 March 2015

The Line-Up for 20 March 2015

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

This week’s show was a far far forethought, prepared weeks in advance as I was currently in Austin at the time in the middle of SXSW, my day party past and with me wandering through Austin determining what I might see and do next. However, I couldn’t leave you, dear listener, without radio.

The Line-Up for 20 March 2015

Mark Little – Ka-Plow’s Day Off
Mark Little’s new album, Suite Mother, has been getting a lot of play at the station lately, not only because Little is a local San Antonian, but also because it’s just plain good. I honestly don’t pay enough attention to my local jazz scene, and I end up sleeping on folks I shouldn’t be.
Gold Panda – We Work Nights
Donny McCaslin – Fast Future
McCaslin’s Fast Future drops next week and it’s awesome. I’ve been really hype about this album all month and the rest of the world should be soon.
DRKWAV – Shmeeans Kuti
Putting a DRKWAV song on The Line-Up lately has been a little joy of mine. I’ve been particularly enjoying The Purge.
Makaya – Late
Makaya McCraven – First Things First
Because this show was me literally filling time because I had to pick two hours of music in one sitting, I knew taking 12 minutes right off the table with such an awesome groove was an easy decision.
Makaya – Diversions
Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet – Butterfly
I meant every word of my recent review of Intents and Purposes. This is an album about creation from exploration. It’s great.
Marc Cary – African Market
Marc Cary is dropping a new album. Marc Cary is playing AoC Fest next month. It’s all pretty exciting, huh?
DJ Harrison – She Think She Qtron
Chris Potter Underground Orchestra – Imaginary Cities 2: Dualities
This caught my eye in the library so I ran with it.

Butcher Brown – “Blue Ridge” (Video)

Butcher Brown – “Blue Ridge” (Video)

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

The image of the boys of Butcher Brown rotating around Jellowstone Studios making their signature jams has become commonplace now. One can expect their simple brilliance in each of their songs and all of their videos. This week, the crew dropped the video for “Blue Ridge” off their latest album, All Purpose Music. Watch the video below before checking them out tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18th in Austin, TX at our Jazz for the Masses Party at El Sapo at 4pm. Or you can definitely catch them next month at #AoCFest.

BADBADNOTGOOD – “Boogie No. 69″ (Stream)

BADBADNOTGOOD – “Boogie No. 69″ (Stream)

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

Upcoming Art of Cool Fest performers and altogether totally busy guys, BADBADNOTGOOD, just released a new song to their SoundCloud page earlier today, the synth-heavy, jam-loving “Boogie No. 69″. The single is a B-side to the new 7″ record they just released, already moving onto the next thing fresh after their new album with Ghostface Killah, Sour Soul, is just out in the world. Check out the song below and make sure to catch the guys next month at #AoCFest.

The Line-Up for 13 March 2015

The Line-Up for 13 March 2015

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

This week’s show rolls out the schedule I have for the Jazz for the Masses Day Party at El Sapo, 1900 Manor Rd. on Wednesday, March 18th from 12-7. I’ll end up saying this a lot. However, I don’t have all the music in the KRTU library yet, so there’s plenty of other newness not related to SXSW in this week’s show as well. It’s a very full hour.

The Line-Up for 13 March 2015

Ben Wolfe – Heroist
Since I still didn’t have music for all the acts for this Wednesday, I still jumped around with new music to fill in the rest of the hour. This week, since I haven’t been keeping up with new releases the way I probably should, I essentially hit up the new release stacks and figured out what to play from there for the next two weeks. This seemed like the most appropriate song for the 1 spot.
Mndsgn – Sheets
Quantic and His Combo Barbaro – Undelivered Letter
Some years ago, my friend Nicholas sent me this album from Quanti, Tradition in Transition, and I was hooked ever since. When Quantic confirmed to play a DJ set this week for our party, it felt like some weird tying of a loop I never knew I was tying.
Twin Danger – Pointless Satisfaction
I booked this band sort of at the last minute and they graciously agreed to play our party. I had done some research and am amazed I’m hosting a show that’ll have Sade’s Stuart Matthewman, but as I left Austin last Wednesday for a meeting about this week’s party, I passed a billboard the band has up for SXSW and it sort of hit that this may be a bit of a big deal. Twin Danger is playing the Jazz for the Masses Party at 2pm and this may be a group you don’t want to miss. I’m blown away by how this may secretly be a bit of a big deal and I hardly even noticed it.
Horace Bray – Dreamstate
I’m excited to run into this dude again. He’s been gigging a lot preparing and this looks like it’ll be a great show at 3pm in the middle of an impressive run of shows Bray is doing in Texas and New York in the coming weeks.
Butcher Brown – Country Boys
It’ll be so cool hanging with these dudes again. They always sound amazing, they’re so tight with Art of Cool their color scheme ought to be red, white, and blue, and they’re playing our party at 4pm which is crazy and sounds like the most natural thing in the world, though, doesn’t it?
DJ Harrison – Giza
Marc Cary – Below the Equator
Marc Cary has a new album out that we at Nextbop are pretty excited about. Us at Art of Cool are even more excited about it, though, because if this is about what we’re getting next month at Art of Cool Fest, it should be a super dope set.
Jeremy Pelt – Nephthys
My obsession with Tales, Musings, and Other Reveries still doesn’t cease.
Ufsp – Lovely Lady
Albert “Tootie” Heath/Ethan Iverson/Ben Street – Bakai
I’ve still fallen for Philadelphia Beat, but the propulsive beat of “Bakai” makes this one of the finer songs on an altogether damn fine album.
Pascal Bokar – Song for My Father
In my run through new music that had made it to KRTU, this was one of the new releases I felt like giving a shot in the hour.
Ufsp – Blue Dream
George Garzone – The Girl from Argentina feat. Esperanza Spalding
This was another of the new releases that came in that I think we may be listening to together.

Emily King – “Good Friend” (Stream)

Emily King – “Good Friend” (Stream)

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

We here at Art of Cool love Emily King. She’s got a great voice, she’s a catchy songwriter, and she inhabits cool in such a way that we just can’t turn down anything she makes. So it makes sense to jump at hearing her new single, “Good Friend”. Check it out below.

Sarah Elizabeth Charles – “White and Blue” (Video)

Sarah Elizabeth Charles – “White and Blue” (Video)

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

Vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles is absolutely dynamic. Her various musical collaborators have proven that her voice makes anything better, but she’s no slouch in with whom she chooses to work anyway. Her upcoming album on Truth Revolution Records, Inner Dialogue, is produced by none other than Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and features Scott guesting as well as guitarist Camila Meza and Jesse Fischer playing the glockenspiel on a track or two. The core band here of Jesse Elder on piano, Burniss Earl Travis II on bass, and John Davis on drums, though, are quite sharp together and really make for an outstanding album that the world will get to hear on March 24th. In the meantime, check out the video for the first single, “White and Blue” below.

Sarah Elizabeth Charles’ sophomore album, Inner Dialogue is available for pre-order now on Truth Revolution Records before its March 24th release.

The Line-Up for 6 March 2015

The Line-Up for 6 March 2015

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

This week’s show rolls out the partial schedule I have for the Jazz for the Masses Day Party at El Sapo, 1900 Manor Rd. on Wednesday, March 18th from 12-7. I’ll end up saying this a lot. However, I don’t have all the music in the KRTU library yet, so there’s plenty of other newness not related to SXSW in this week’s show as well. It’s a very full hour.

The Line-Up for 6 March 2015

Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet – Red Baron
I’ve still not finished writing my review of this album but trust me, it’s good. Intents and Purposes is great.
Daedalus – Thanatopsis
Quantic – Aguas De Sorogno
Quantic is playing a DJ set at El Sapo at 1pm on March 18th. I think that’s really cool that he agreed to do this. He always comes with something different in his music and it’s intriguing to see what he’ll bring.
Butcher Brown – Cairo
The moment these guys said they were playing SXSW, my asking them to play this party was a foregone conclusion. El Sapo, 3/18, 4pm. It’s going down.
Horace Bray – Sooth
This kid went from going to this party one year, to hanging with me and giving me a ride to my friend’s house after a Tigran show, to my talking up his EP, to playing this party (first at noon with Sky Window, then with his own group at 3pm) this year. Horace Bray is cool people.
Teebs – While You Doooo
Brad Walker – Survivor’s Suite
Still not sure if Brad Walker is going to make it to the SouthBy party but he’ll definite be playing the festival officially at the Elephant Room on Friday, the 20th.
Donny McCaslin – 54 Cymru Beats
I’ve been obsessing over how good Fast Future is, probably just as much as I obsessed over Casting for Gravity three years ago. It’s just that good.
BADBADNOTGOOD – Salmonella
Tigran Hamasyan – The Grid
Speaking of Tigran, how much fun is every Tigran album? I mean, really. He keeps pushing things forward and making such different time signatures sound like the most natural things.
Aidan Carroll – Shaministic
After Seb’s recent writeup of Original Vision, I tossed the album into my rotation and was quite impressed. I knew I wanted to play something from the album on The Line-Up. It iseemed appropriate and it’s certainly a great album.
Jonti – Twirligig
DRKWAV – Gazzelloni
Dude… this song… I’ve really kinda fallen for it, and by extension, The Purge overall. It’s like… dude…

Hiatus Kaiyote – “Breathing Underwater” (Stream)

Hiatus Kaiyote – “Breathing Underwater” (Stream)

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

Grammy-nominated spreaders of the stankface Hiatus Kaiyote are preparing to release their sophomore album, Choose Your Weapon, on May 5. The release which picks up where their beloved debut, Tawk Tomahawk (and their By Fire EP of late last year), leaves off and keeps their jazz/R&B/funk sound going strong with even more soulfulness than you could probably fathom. The first single from the album, “Breathing Underwater”, just dropped this week. Give it a listen below.

On top of that, the band is playing SXSW and going on tour throughout the US this spring, so check them out if they’re rolling through.
Mar 18 Austin, TX – KCRW at The Parish*
Mar 19 Austin, TX – YouTube at Copper Tank Brewing Co.*
Mar 20 Austin, TX – Aussie BBQ at Brush Square Park*
Mar 20 Austin, TX – Sound Sessions at The Tap Room*
Mar 21 Austin, TX – Okayplayer at Bungalow*
May 05 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
May 07 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
May 08 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
May 09 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
May 11 Chicago, IL – Double Door
May 12 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
May 14 Boulder, CO – The Fox Theatre
May 17 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
May 19 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
May 20 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
May 21 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
May 22 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues Voodoo Room
May 23 Las Vegas, NV – Insert Coin(s)
May 26 Austin, TX – The Parish
May 27 Dallas, TX – Trees
May 29 Atlanta, GA – Vinyl
May 31 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Jun 03 Providence, RI – The Met