Ghanaian singer-songwriter and producer Asante arranged a live jazz rendition of Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Breathless” from her 2006 self-titled debut album on Rhodes and vocals with Kayvon Gordon on Rhodes, Ben Gugino on drums, Stephen Grady on saxophone, and Adrian Koch on bass. Stream/download Asante’s jazz take on Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Breathless” below.
Following up the success of the eclectic, Grammy-winning album, Black Radio, which featured tunes from Erykah Badu and KING to Yasiin Bey and Lupe Fiasco to name a few, jazz-fusion collective Robert Glasper Experiment is gearing up to release a sequel entitled Black Radio 2.
The first single off the project is by none other than Philly’s own Jill Scott. Scott’s hypnotic delivery to a smooth, ever-changing time signature on the mellow tune, “Calls,” is simply captivating. I can’t get enough of this record. Not to mention, director Ace Norton’s beautiful visuals lend so well to the song’s vibe.
Black Radio drops Oct. 29.
Tracklist (Songs only on deluxe edition have an *)
1. Baby Tonight (Black Radio 2 Theme)/Mic Check 2
2. I Stand Alone (feat. Common & Patrick Stump)
3. What Are We Doing (feat. Brandy)
4. Calls (feat. Jill Scott)
5. Worries (feat. Dwele)
6. Trust (feat. Marsha Ambrosius)
7. Yet to Find (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
8. You Own Me (feat. Faith Evans)
9. Let It Ride (feat. Norah Jones)
10. Persevere (feat. Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, & Luke James)
11. Somebody Else (feat. Emeli Sandé)
12. Jesus Children (feat. Lalah Hathaway)
13. Big Girl Body (feat. Eric Roberson) [Bonus] *
14. You’re My Everything (feat. Bilal & Jazmine Sullivan) [Bonus] *
15. I Don’t Even Care (feat. Macy Gray) [Bonus] *
16. Lovely Day [Bonus] *
Watch Robert Glasper Experiment and Jill Scott’s video for “Calls” below. [iTunes]
Cécile was obviously born in the wrong era, or maybe she’s just a seasoned jazz vocalist in her past life that was sent to this era to bless our ears. The texture of her voice is simply divine. It’s like Betty Carter, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan had a baby. Don’t ask me how three women can have a baby together. I know. That kind logic is out of this world…just like her voice.
Be sure to treat your ears to Cécile’s new, 12-track album entitled WomanChild.
Watch Cécile McLorin Salvant perform “Poor Butterfly” below.
Everyone needs a little jazz in their life.
“The Sound of Miles Davis” is a 26-minute concert that was recorded at New York City’s Studio 61 in 1959 for the CBS program, The Robert Herridge Theater. The legendary trumpeter and composer performed five timeless tunes—”So What,” “The Duke,” “Blues for Pablo,” “New Rhumba,” and “So What (reprise)”—three of which were from his 1957 project, Miles Ahead, while the first and fifth songs were from his then-upcoming, Teo Macero and Irving Townsend-produced album, Kind of Blue. It was released a few months after this performance.
Onstage, Miles was accompanied by his quintet—John Coltrane on tenor and alto saxophone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums—as well as Gil Evans and members of his orchestra. Nothing like timeless music.
Watch “The Sound of Miles Davis” below.
Etienne Charles is taking jazz back to its Creole roots. The Trinidadian trumpeter and bandleader rearranged old jams and took fresh stylistic approaches on his new album entitled Creole Soul. The project reflects his French, Spanish, and Caribbean roots, “highlights myriad inspirations from Haitian Creole chants, blues, bebop, and R&B while drawing on an array of rhythms including rocksteady, reggae, kongo and calypso.”
Charles’ band members—tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart, alto saxophonist Brian Hogans, pianist Kris Bowers, bassist Ben Williams, and drummer Obed Calvaire—are featured, as well as guest appearances from guitarist Alex Wintz, percussionist Daniel Sadownick and D’Achee, and vocalist Erol Josué.
Watch Etienne Charles discuss the making of Creole Soul below.
Stream “Creole” from the album below. [iTunes]
London-based Scandinavian jazz-soul singer/songwriter Marie Dahlstrøm follows up her debut EP, Feelings, with this delightful 9-track EP entitled Renditions.
The soulstress put her edgy spin on Bon Iver‘s “Perth, Phil Collins‘ “In the Air,” Little Dragon‘s “Twice,” and John Mayer‘s “Stop This Train,” collaborated with Marie Sane and Jamal Ross (pictured above) on Rihanna‘s “Loveeeee Song” and “Nobody’s Business” respectively, and concluded the intimate, super chill package with three of her original tunes (“Search,” “Could We Buy A House,” and “I Want A Man”).
Sit back, press play, and relay.
Stream/download Marie Dahlstrøm’s The Renditions EP below.
“If Porter weren’t winning over the international jazz club and festival circuit, he’d rise above the din wherever he went.” The folks at NPR made that statement after witnessing Gregory Porter‘s intimate rendition of “Be Good (Lion’s Song)” from his latest album, Be Good. Accompanied by pianist Chip Crawford, the soulful jazz vocalist and songwriter performed this tune at the New York Transit Museum in downtown Brooklyn, where his rich vocals resonated throughout the vintage subway cars housed in the former station.
Watch Gregory Porter’s performance of “Be Good (Lion’s Song)” below.
Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996), aka the First Lady of Song, was one of the greatest jazz scatters and vocalists, if not vocalist, that left her imprint behind. The late jazz pianist and composer Jimmy Rowles once said, “Music comes out of her [Ella Fitzgerald]. When she walks down the street, she leaves notes.” And that’s the truth, Ruth!
One of my favorite performances by Ella was from June 22, 1969, where she was joined by Ed Thigpen on drums, Frank de la Rosa on bass, and Tommy Flanagan on piano for a full scat improv of “One Note Samba.” Her techniques were, and still are, mesmerizing.
Watch Ella Fitzgerald’s “One Note Samba”performance below.