The Robert Glasper Experiment Unleashes New Single “Day To Day”

The Robert Glasper Experiment just unleashed their 2nd single from their highly anticipated new album ArtScience due out September 16. As if it’s possible to get even more excited about this album, “Day To Day” sends me right over the edge. With Casey Benjamin on lead vox “Day To Day” is reminiscent of the funk/soul/jazz driven albums of Herbie Hancock in the 70s. Think Herbie Hancock Sunlight and Monster. And as per usual, Mr. Glasper owns the keys and caresses them with his signature loving touch. Check out the single below and grab the album September 16. Also check your favorite online retail outlet to place your pre-order.

 

 

 

 

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Bassist Ben Williams Delivers New Video Featuring W. Ellington Felton

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‘Coming Of Age’ by bassist Ben Williams was one of the best and one of our favorite jazz albums of 2015. Check out his new video, via Revive Music, for “Toy Soldiers” featuring fellow Washington, D.C. artist W. Ellington Felton.

A Tribute To Donald Byrd Tee + FREE Tribute Mix CD

Donald Byrd Tribute Tee + Tribute Mix CD

The Funk N Soul of Donald Byrd Mixed by DJ ConscienceThe Funk N Soul of Donald Byrd Mixed by DJ Conscience

Purchase the new Skoolwerk Apparel Love Byrd Tee and get a FREE Donald Byrd Tribute Mix CD! The Funk N Soul of Donald Byrd Mixed by DJ Conscience.
You can’t buy this compilation in stores and there hasn’t been anything in the market place that combines 80s (Isaac Hayes produced) Donald Byrd and 70s (Mizell Brothers produced) Donald Byrd. The Harlem -based DJ Conscience brings both eras together for this funk n soul Donald Byrd tribute mix presented by Skoolwerk Apparel.

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Liner Notes:

‘Love Byrd’ celebrates the work and legacy of trumpeter Donald Byrd. From hard-bop to jazz/soul/funk, Donald Byrd took jazz and jazz listeners to another space in the 70s and early 80s. In 1981 Donald Byrd along with his 125th Street, N.Y.C. band released the soulful, jazz-tinged “Love Byrd” LP produced by the legendary Isaac Hayes. By the late 90s “Love Byrd” became a highly sought after rare groove classic LP by DJs and rare groovers worldwide. By the 80s Donald Byrd had already transitioned from his hard-bop jazz roots to a more soul/funk groove. That transition and groove can be credited to his collaborations with the Mizell Brothers (Blue Note Records) in the 70s.

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New Arrival – The Miles Quintet Tee

THE MILES QUINTET TEE AVAILABLE NOW!

The Miles Quintet

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The Miles Quintet honors “The Second Great Miles Davis Quintet” (1964-68) consisting of Miles Davis (trumpet), Herbie Hancock (piano), Wayne Shorter (saxophone), Tony Williams (drums), Ron Carter (bass).  The Quintet’s approach to improvisation came to be known “time no changes” or “freebop,” because they abandoned the more conventional chord-change-based approach of bebop for a modal approach.

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Nina REVISITED…A Tribute To Nina Simone

Nina Revisited - A Tribute To Nina Simone

In celebration of the highly anticipated Netflix original documentary What, Happened, Miss Simone?, REVIVE Music/RCA Records are proud to release NINA REVISITED: A Tribute to Nina Simone.  The 16 track tribute pays homage to the legendary Nina Simone with re-worked renditions of some of her most popular songs by artists such as Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Common, Usher, Jazmine Sullivan, Lisa Simone (daughter of Nina Simone), newcomer Grace, Alice Smith, Gregory Porter and Lalah Hathaway.

NINA REVISITED: A Tribute to Nina Simone, was produced by Jayson Jackson, Suzette Williams and Peter Edge, Grammy Award winners Robert Glasper, who cites Nina Simone as “one of the most important and influential artist ever,” and Ms. Lauryn Hill.

Nina Simone is truly one of the greatest talents in musical history and with NINA REVISITED: A Tribute to Nina Simone, REVIVE Music/RCA Records hope to celebrate the music, career and life of the legendary musician.

“That the album changes so much, though, is strangely its own form of tribute. Simone’s albums were inherently eclectic, as she often switched genres from song to song, and sometimes within one song itself. In the end, listeners might leave wondering how Hill would have carried the weight of a full Simone tribute album by herself (as artists like Meshell Ndegeocello and Xiu Xiu have done), but more appropriately, we close with Simone on her own terms — the voice that set these artists, and the nation, musically free in the first place.”NPR First Listen

Get Ready To Roll With Jazz/Funk Trumpeter Farnell Newton

 Farmell Newton - Ready To Roll

After years of touring, recording and performing with the likes of Jill Scott, Bootsy Collins, Mike Phillips, Liv Warfield and the DooDoo Funk All-Stars, soul/jazz/funk trumpeter Farnell Newton is Ready To Roll!  The modern funkster and educator is part of a bubbling Portland music scene that boasts some of the finest young soul/jazz/funk artists in music today. Let’s just say Portland artists are kicking butt and taking names when it comes to building their scene and taking it Worldwide!

On Ready To Roll, Farnell’s newest album, the trumpeter delivers a rich batch of funk, soul and contemporary jazz with a signature style of playing we’re becoming more and more familiar with. Farnell can smooth it out just as well as he can funk it up!  Farnell has also invited several of his friends along for the ride!  Guest vocalists include Ashley Jayy, Donyea Goodman, Jerrod Lawson, Tony Ozier and Cleveland P. Jones.

Stream and purchase the album below and we guarantee you’ll love the artistry of Farnell Newton! Spread the word!

VA’s Evening News Band Delivers The Right News

Evening News BandEvening News is an exciting new long-awaited indie jazz quartet hailing from Hampton Roads, Virginia.  I have been waiting patiently for Kasey Square (piano) and Wellington “Boo” Britt (drums) to come together as a recording and performing jazz ensemble for years.  Having previously worked with these fine musicians as a concert promoter and being a fan of their impeccable musicianship and style, I am extremely excited about Evening News and their upcoming debut album.  The quartet was assembled in 2011 by pianist Kasey Square who called on drummer, former band mate and long-time best friend from Norfolk State University “Boo” Britt and CJ Mercer a bassist who previously worked on projects with the duo.  The trio then added another Norfolk State University friend Gregory John on saxophone.   Once the personnel was in place the group started working on their music for their album.

The group collectively decided not to perform publicly until the completion of the album.  Their first single “Clear Skies” has been released on iTunes and Amazon this month and the band is now ready to give the people what they want!

An album release show is scheduled for January 31, 2015 at Train Station in Newport News, Virginia. The band admits to being heavily influenced by the Yellowjackets, Weather Report and Dave Weckl Band but has definitely put their own stamp on the music that they have written for their debut.  Trust me Evening News is the new jazz band to watch in 2015!

Evening News is Kasey Square (piano), Wellington “Boo” Britt (drums), CJ Mercer (bass) and Gregory John (saxophone).

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