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.
Get ready to drop your jaw. Anthony Cerniello, a commercial, music video, and film editor, speeds up the aging process by creating a seamless timelapse of a woman’s entire life, from childhood to old age, in this mind-blowing video entitled “Danielle.” “The idea was that something is happening but you can’t see it but you can feel it, like aging itself,” Cerniello stated. Unbelievable. I’m still scratching my head.
Watch ”Danielle” by Anthony Cerniello below.
British soulstress Alice Russell, who is gearing up for her upcoming North American tour, gives an acoustic rendition of “I Loved You” from her new album, To Dust.
Watch Alice Russell’s “I Loved You” performance below.
Stream/download “I Loved You” for free below.
Sitting atop a grand piano in her signature ’50s-inspired getup, the lovely songbird Ariana Grande and Jimmy Fallon turned Jay Z’s “99 Problems,” Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Brain” and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” into broadway tunes on his Late Night show.
By the way, Ariana’s amazing, debut entitled Yours Truly is in stores now.
Watch their performance below.
Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé released the Sanji Senaka-directed visuals to her record, “My Kind of Love,” remixed by RedOne and Alex P. This song was featured on her debut album, Our Version of Events. No word on her sophomore project as of yet.
Watch Emeli Sandé’s “My Kind of Love” 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]
Songstress Jojo reworked “Anything,” a Beau Dozier and Justin Trugman-produced record from her 2006 album, The High Road, which samples Toto’s 1982 record entitled “Africa,” by incorporating new vocals and teaming up with Casey Veggies on this remix.
Stream/download Jojo’s “Anything” featuring Casey Veggies for free below.
Sultry Samoan songstress Ladi6, hailing from New Zealand, released her third studio album entitled Automatic. Described as “one of the best hip hop influenced soul albums [he's] heard in a while,” by London DJ Nemo Halperin, Automatic features 11 tracks produced by Parks and Detroit-native Waajeed, and collaborations from Scribe, Tyra Hammond, and Detroit lyricist Invincible.
Stream Ladi6′s Automatic album below. [iTunes]
Watch Ladi6′s video for “Shine On” below.