The nominees for the 2016 JAZZ FM Awards are out, and we are honored to learn that Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah is up for ALBUM OF THE YEAR and JAZZ INNOVATION OF THE YEAR. The The ceremony is scheduled for April 26 in London, and public voting has begun in three top categories. Get the main scoop right here at JAZZ FM, and drop in here to support Christian Scott with your vote.
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Chantae Cann !
Little Ghetto Boy (Terrace Martin Producer)
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Gilberto Caleffi will make you dance. His latest record under the moniker BADGE AND TALKALOT is due out next month, and tomorrow we kick things off with a mini EP. LIGHT ME UP is the lead single, and it comes with two remixes from Opolopo and Positive Flow. Electro-funky, old school beat bass blasting sound for the car and the dance floor with female vocals is the sound, Dig the EP right here and stay tuned for SPAGHETTI BLASTER.
From the mind of Robert 'Sput' Searight and RSVP Records comes KING'S LIST, a poignant tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A collection of 12 songs chosen from Dr. King's personal list of songs to hear before he spoke, with intros from the likes of Terence Blanchard, Dennis Chambers, Kim Burrell, and Rose McKinney sharing their feelings about Dr. King. Produced by Terrace Martin, the album features a solid cast of musicians - Daniel Jones, Mark Lettieri, Louis Cato, Candy West, Shaun Martin - and many more. This is gospel in the present, with a very respectful look to the past. This is KING'S LIST.
Who is CLAFFY?
Light Blue Movers
It's supergroup time once again here at the fake office. Started as a writing collab between Deron Johnson (Miles Davis) and Gabriel Gordon (Meshell N'DegeOcello), LIGHT BLUE MOVERS rounds out with drummer and producer Adrian Harpham (Henry Butler, Donald Harrison) and Bassist Jonathan Levy (Blitz The Ambassador, Steve Earle). Seasoned by years of session and live perfomance, these cats are at the top of their game. Their full length release - ATLAS - is at once thought provoking, impressionistic, and progressive. Atlas features guest appearances from Leyeux, Julian Coryell, Stephanie McKay and more, and stands as an elaborate blend of styles with a positive and joyful feel. Find some Serenity right here, and drop in here for news as we unveil ATLAS.
Big Picture Holiday
Sounds Of Crenshaw - Terrace Martin
We are thrilled to announce the next in our growing network of artist driven labels. Sounds Of Crenshaw, headed by Grammy winner Terrace Martin, kicks off with the highly anticipated release of Martin's VELVET PORTRAITS on April 1st. Terrace Martin is a scholar of history and the street - he came up in the Crenshaw district and absorbed the sounds of R&B, Jazz, Funk, Soul, and Hip-Hop. He has a unique way of bringing all these pieces to his production, from Kendrick Lamar to Snoop Dogg to Herbie Hancock. Sounds Of Crenshaw is about more than music - it's about artist directed empowerment and bringing a message of Love and Hope to young and old. Pre-order Velvet Portraits here, and drop in on SOC Records right here.
Nearness (Nuf Said)
Tight Speedo Overload
Yes, that IS one of the lines on The Sharp Things new record - EverybodyEverybody - due out this Friday. The album is filled with Perry Serpa's poginant and witty lyrics, from the slight dig on the culture to seasoned messages of hope, love, and light. This is a band that believes in the enduring power of well crafted rock and roll. It's light and airy, it's down and dirty, and completely in earnest. Add in the balance of Jim Santo's classic guitar licks with sweeping, dramatic arrangements and we end up in a place where all of the heroes of rock and roll are present, the world is sad but the road is wide open in front of us. We think The Sharp Things are On the verge of something BIG. Dig it right here, and let us know what your favorite track is.