Bill Frisell delivers an absolutely mesmerizing rendition of Strawberry Fields Forever in this NPR tiny desk concert. He starts playing around 1:30. Be patient with this one, it may not seem entirely interesting for the first minute, but then things get really magical.
The man knows how to use his pedal board.
“Here’s my favorite tune off my sister’s new album called Waiting on the Sun.
Her improv from 3:40 onwards is the real deal. Enjoy.”
I decided to upload a bunch of videos today, but I really wanted this one to be the last so that it stays at the top for a minute. Nikki is the real deal. She has incredible vocal control complemented by her comfortability in almost any groove and pocket. She is one of the most exciting new voices in the Jazz scene right now, and it’s only a matter of time before she explodes. Like, real big. She can belt it and get souly, or take it down a few notches and create a real smooth feel. Check out some more of her stuff, she’s got it.
Featuring: Dr. John, John Mayer, Aaron Neville, & Mavis Staples on Vocals.
So cool to see these guys take on the Ray classic.
This is for those bass and or instrumental groove fiends.
“take note, this is a rhythm section in sync”
“Anyone else agree that Spoon’s new album is pretty excellent, may be my favorite release of 2014 so far…”
“Just found these guys, Submotion Orchestra.
Kind of a little something for everyone in their tunes: electronic dub, jazzy soul vibes. Gotta love that trumpet towards the end.
See also “Time Will Wait.” Both tracks are previews for the next album, Alium, set for release November 3rd.”
This may be a pretty “out there” post, but I gotta show some love for Chris McGregor. I may have already posted about him so I apologize.
I first heard him on a the Nick Drake song “Poor Boy”
It’s an amazing song. I really wish Nick had the chance to explore more of this Jazzy-Souly stuff. Either way, the song was awesome, but the piano accompaniment really caught my ear. Then 3:28 happened. With my guard already taken down due to Nick’s voice and the previous tracks on the album, the piano solo just blew me away. Something about his runs that change as sporadically yet gracefully like butterfly wings, or the dissonance that adds a Sriracha-esk kick. I finally figured out who the guy was. Chris McGregor. Dood basically started the underground Jazz scene in an oppressive South Africa. He eventually had to flee, came here for a while, ended up in Drake’s studio. His sound is VERY experimental, a lot of free-jazz that I don’t love, but there are some gems.
Here’s one. Give it a shot. I imagine it as background music to a time lapse of LA rush hour traffic.