VIDEO OF THE DAY: Jesse Fischer – Resilience (feat. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah) – Jazzwise

June 29, 2020Features, Premiere, Press Reel

By Editors, Jazzwise Pianist and producer Jesse Fischer’s new album, Resilience, will be released on August 7, and we are pleased to present the premiere of the eponymous opening track from the album. The track features trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah alongside Fischer on piano and various keyboards, with Morgan Guerin (tenor sax), Jordan Peters … Read More

PREMIERE: Michael Olatuja & Angélique Kidjo Cook Some “Lagos Pepper Soup” – PopMatters

June 9, 2020Features, Premiere, Press Reel

By Adriane Pontecorvo, PopMatters Bassist Michael Olatuja opens “Lagos Pepper Soup”, the title track of his upcoming album, with a flurry of plucked, playful notes, scattered over the track’s polyrhythmic backbone. It isn’t long before they settle into an upbeat melody, bright and driving: a celebration of life, culture, family, and the many things still … Read More

PREMIERE: Michael Olatuja “Soki” – Afropop Worldwide

April 28, 2020Premiere, Press Reel

By Ben Richmond, Afropop Worldwide Afrobeat already takes a huge ensemble—you can find footage of Fela conducting Africa 70 into a lather before picking up his saxophone—and it fills such a huge sonic space that it’s hard to imagine space for more of anything. But Michael Olatuja, the London-born, Lagos, Nigeria-raised, New York-based bassist and … Read More

PREMIERE: Listen to Provinces; A New tune From Walter Smith lll & Matthew Stevens – Downbeat

April 3, 2020Premiere, Press Reel

By Dave Cantor, Downbeat Saxophonist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens achieved such artistic fulfillment with their 2018 album, In Common, they’re back for another go. The co-leaders launched the band in 2017 with the idea that it could have rotating members. In Commonfeatured vibraphonist Joel Ross, bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Marcus Gilmore, … Read More

PREMIERE: New Music Monday – Laila Biali / Jazziz

March 3, 2020Premiere, Press Reel

By Matt Micucci, Jazziz Vocalist/pianist Laila Biali’s forthcoming album, Out of Dust, will be released on March 27 via Chronograph/ACT. The LP includes a version of Gregory Porter’s “Take Me to the Alley,” and this video features a live acoustic, alternate take of the song captured in one take at Trinity St. Paul’s United Church … Read More

PREMIERE: Rachel Therrien’s ‘V For Vena’ – Downbeat

February 23, 2020Premiere, Press Reel

By Downbeat Trumpeter/flugelhornist Rachel Therrien’s collected 15 original compositions for VENA (Bonsaï), which is set for release March 27. “The letter V is significant to me. I was struck by the formation birds make when they migrate; they fly in a perfect ‘V’ onward to their next destination. By flying this way, the birds are … Read More

PREMIERE: Elsa Nilsson, ‘Hindsight’ In Jazziz

February 18, 2020Premiere, Press Reel

By Matt Micucci, Jazziz Flutist/composer Elsa Nilsson’s upcoming album, Hindsight, is a direct reaction to the current political climate and reflects the urgency of her generation. Each of the pieces, including the title track presented here in a live version performed with her quartet, comes from the rhythmic structure of chants heard at Women’s Marches … Read More

FEATURE: PopMatters Premiere Svetlana’s “Moonlight” Video

January 13, 2020Premiere, Press Reel

By Jedd Beaudoin, PopMatters Svetlana‘s 2019 LP Night at the Movies pays tribute to some of the Russian-born musicians favorite music from the silver screen, including “Moonlight”, which appeared in the 1995 picture Sabrina. The tune was written by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, and John T. Williams. “Film and music both express a fleeting beauty; … Read More