Gregory Porter’s new video for “Don’t Lose Your Steam” is the latest from his forthcoming album Take Me To The Alley which will be dropping on May 6th. Has far as I’m concerned Mr. Porter is a national treasure and should be treated as such. He has given us three incredible albums and this is shaping up to be his fourth. I’m confident in saying that nobody is making music like him right now. His music comes across effortless.
On Comprehensive Beatdown this week, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G listen to Disc 2 of Kamasi Washington’s newest 3 CD album, “The Epic,” which was released on May 5, 2015, on Brainfeeder Records, the label owned by Flying Lotus. “The Epic” solidifies Washington’s place as a leader in the American jazz scene. On top of that, he has played with a wide-range of artists including Wayne Shorter, Snoop Dogg, Raphael Saadiq, Nas, and most recently on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed “To Pimp a Butterfly.”
The guys also check out new songs from Skyzoo, Disclosure (featuring Gregory Porter), and MDMX, the collaboration between 7evenThirty and 5-D, both Jackson natives and Dallas transplants. Finally, the podcast is excited to welcome as guest picker, one of their biggest fans, Wade Thompson, who submitted “Legacy” from Joey DeFrancesco and Jimmy Smith.
The latest track in 20Syl’s remix extravaganza is here. This time the Hocus Pocus front-man takes Gregory Porter’s “Liquid Spirit” and jazzes it up, if that is even possible. Providing the perfect mix of funk and jazz and creating a beautifully crafted nu jazz feel for the title track from Gregory’s Grammy Award winning album. There is no real wrong doing
June 10th will mark the release of Jose James’ highly anticipated Blue Note release While You Were Sleeping. This album is gearing up to be a little bit of a departure from the last release an ode to his musical influences growing up.
Jose James has been making a name for himself for the past few years. From last years No Beginning No End to his stirring rendition of “Everybody (Loves Sunshine)” on Takuya Kuroda’s Rising Son album, which James also produced. The man just does not stop either, this summer he will release his second Blue Note offering, While You Were Sleeping. With the previous release being more soulful and jazz inspired, he promises this one will be more reflective of some of his other musical influences such as Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix. Those two influences couldn’t be any more apparent than on the first single from the project, “EveryLittleThing”. Keep June 10th marked on your calendar, you’ll want to pick this album up and check it out.
Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band return to Blue Note Records for the release of their album Landmarks on April 29th. The group was recently in France for the St. Emilion Jazz Festival and luckily for us, so were cameras. I can’t say anything other than just watch and enjoy this one. You’ll be glad you did, and then on April 29th, purchase the album. You can pre-order it at the links below.
The Robert Glasper Experiment is joined by Raheem DeVaughn during a show at La Cigale in Paris, France. There are some surprises hidden in there which I’ll let you find for yourself. Bass Solo (cough* cough*) And the cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”. Man…..anyway, enjoy some soulful and jazzy tunes. Raheem channels his inner Dwele on “No Worries” before going in to Raheem’s 2007 single “Woman from Love Behind The Melody and providing some assistance to a nice version of “Ah Yeah”. Of course you can’t have a Robert Glasper Experiment show without some J Dilla which comes in the form of “Nag Champa” from Common’s Like Water For Chocolate album.
Robert Glasper : Fender Rhodes – Keyboard
Derrick Hodge : Electric Bass
Mark Colenburg : Drums
Casey Benjamin : Vocoder, Keys, Saxophone
Raheem Devaughn : Vocals (13,14,15)
1: Intro 2: Black Radio 3: No Church In The Wild (Jay-Z/Kanye West) 4: Big Girl Body 5: Get Lucky (Daft Punk/Pharrell Williams) 6: Let It Ride 7: Drum Solo 8: Lift Off 9: I Stand Alone 10: Bass Solo (inc. We Fight/We Love [Q-Tip] tease) 11: Lovely Day (Bill Withers) 12: Nag Champa (Common) 13: No Worries (w/Raheem DeVaughn) 14: Woman (w/Raheem DeVaughn) 15: Ah Yeah (w/Raheem DeVaughn) 16: Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana) 17: Letter To Hermione
Before he was the Grammy award winning Gregory Porter, he was just Gregory Porter, the incredibly awesome jazz singer. Here is a performance from The Jazzwoche Burghausen on March 16th, 2013. Gregory performs tracks from his first two releases Water and Be Good, both of which are available on Mr. Porter’s website. If you have heard Liquid Spirit then and love it as you should, then you will love these two albums as well. Gregory’s voice is just a dynamic live as it is on record. He is a real treasure to the Jazz community and I look forward to many years of amazing music from him.
The Personnel at this performance are:
GREGORY PORTER – vocals
YOSUKE SATO – alto sax
CHIP CRAWFORD – piano
AARON JAMES – bass
EMANUEL HARROLD – drums
JOHN FADDIS – trumpet (On My Way To Harlem, Work Song, & But Beautiful)
Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band will be releasing Landmarks, on April 29th, or April 15th if you rock with vinyl. This will be another in a string of excellent releases from Blue Note Records. This is Blade’s first release on Blue Note since 2000’s Perceptual. Coming off the incredible release Mama Rosa via Verve, the Shreveport, LA native has teamed back up with Chris Thomas, Jon Cowherd, Myron Walden, Marvin Sewell and Melvin Butler known collectively as The Fellowship Band. If “He Died Fighting” is any indication of the new album, I certainly can’t wait for April to get here.