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Ben Williams Is Coming of Age

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Continuing to implore the common elements of jazz, hip-hop, rock and soul, the young bandleader embarks on a bolder journey in this album with more music by his own hand and a reflection of his new outlook as a seasoned musician. Coming of Agefor the 30-year-old Williams means playing a lively role among his peers […]

MARCUS MILLER TRAVELS THE WORLD ON AFRODEEZIA

Marcus Miller traveled to Morocco, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Los Angeles to make his Blue Note debut Afrodeezia. The album was inspired by Miller’s role as a UNESCO Artist For Peace and spokesperson for their Slave Route Project. Special guests including rapper Chuck D., vocalist Lalah Hathaway, keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeters Etienne […]

JOE LOVANO & DAVE DOUGLAS HONOR WAYNE SHORTER

DownBeat called Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints a “marvelous, mercurial quintet” & “one of the foremost ensembles in jazz.” The band – which features drummer Joey Baron, bassist Linda Oh & pianist Lawrence Fields – is an homage to the great Wayne Shorter & the legendary saxophonist even composed two new original works for Sound Prints that appear […]

JOSÉ JAMES CELEBRATES BILLIE HOLIDAY

This month marked the legendary singer Billie Holiday’s centennial, and vocalist José James paid tribute to the woman he calls his “musical mother” with the release of Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday featuring pianist Jason Moran, bassist John Patitucci & drummer Eric Harland. In a rave 5-star review, DownBeat wrote that […]