Shimmer and melt
Here it is! The brainchild of NYC saxophonist Avram Fefer,Big Picture Holiday's SHIMMER AND MELT is right in line with classic funky jam-jazz like Medeski Martin & Wood, Project Logic and early Snarky Puppy, with influences ranging from Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and Ornette Coleman to Afrobeat, Ethiopian, and Moroccan music. It is a musical globetrotter’s fresh take on dirty late-night street jazz – sophisticated, sly, and provocative... full of neon lights, shooting stars, and fleeting innuendo. You can pick up Shimmer And Melt here, or high quality audio and compact disc here.
The music never stops
It's been a wild ride here at the fake office yet again this year, with over 40 new releases - each and every one a personally crafted, quality release. We'll be presenting each record once again as we wind down the year, and hope that you will continue to support this wonderful mix. There is no sign of slowing as we prepare for 2016 with releases from Arthur Vint, Notify, The Sharp Things, Patrick Seraya, Nuf Said, Chantae Cann, and many more. Look for some incredible surprises as our interdependent label folks bring the locally grown, small batch, organic music to the world. Stay tuned!
Large up to Atlanta Records for landing two artists in the Soultracks Readers' Choice Awards this year. Lindsey Webster is nominated for Album Of The Year in some very distinguished company. Rhonda Thomas is nominated for Female Vocalist Of The Year. Jump right in here and support these talented and dedicated musicians, but drop in here first to listen to the music. If you dig it cast your vote, and don't forget to share the news.
At the heart of jazz is the desire to innovate, to create without boundaries. Jonathan Scales has relentlessly pursued his dream, placing the steel pan front and center in a jazz trio, and the world is embracing the sound. From the official Live Magic tee adorned with the steel pan, to the crowds stepping up to listen, to the children intrigued by the sound, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra is big in Japan and headed across Europe to make their mark. Drop in right here for tour dates, and get down with the Fourchestra's recordings right here, and check in on the pics from tour right here.
Big Picture Holiday at Rockwood
Saxophonist Avram Fefer describes his upcoming release: 'By the time I was ready to record Shimmer and Melt, I had absorbed many influences from all over the map, both artistically and geographically.' We can hear it, and we are honored to present Shimmer and Melt in all its glory this coming Friday. New Yorkers get a treat as Avram and the band hit Rockwood Music Hall on November 8. Get your copy of Shimmer and Melt right here, and drop the show on your calendar right over here.
Ohio - home of the fertile funk scene that brought us Bootsy Collins, The Ohio Players, and James Brown's King Records. Birthplace of one Chris Sherman - known worldwide as FREEKBASS - an epic bass and life magician who carries the torch and reinvents the genre every time he plays. Freekbass is cueing up his next full length release, ready for your ears by November, and it is aptly titled CINCINNATI. Are you feelin' real? Check right here to check and stay tuned right here for the inside inside from Cincinnatti HQ.
A message from Avram Fefer
Over the years I have been very lucky to record with some incredible musicians --- Bobby Few,Eric Revis, Igal Foni, Newman Taylor Baker, Chad Taylor, Steve Swell, Michael Bisio, Jay Rosen, Adam Lane, Wilber Morris, and many others... These were all live acoustic performances and required little of me personally in the way of recording techniques or post-production. The difference with my new album is it's an electric group playing primarily funkified jazz and dance music...I spent quite a few days in the studio over the past year trying to get it 'just right' and --- lo and behold --- I think I actually did!! In any case, it definitely took me out of my comfort zone and I am very proud of the results. Please take a second to listen to the samples and pre-order if you like 'em!! The album comes out officially on Oct. 30 and the CD Release show is in NYC on Nov. 8th....
BPH Live In New York
Charles Owens Trio
Charles Owens has been playing the sax for 20 years. He's been a sideman with Jason Jenkins, Jason Lindner, and Omer Avital. He held down the Friday night slot at Smalls in NYC for 8 solid years before moving to Viriginia. Now he's tight with the Jellowstone crew and delivering a new LP titled 'A Day With You' - due out on November 13th. The album, featuring Devonne Harris on drums and Andrew Randazzo on bass, is a collection of classics with some original compositions. Recorded in one day at Jellowstone Studios to capture the sound of this trio as close to live as possible. Drop in right here to get up with Charles Owens, and stay tuned this week for a preview of the new record.
Christian Scott at Berklee