Ball Of Confusion
'People moving out, people moving in. Why, because of the color of their skin. Run, run, run but you sure can't hide. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Vote for me and I'll set you free! Rap on, brother, rap on'. Poignant lyrics from The Temptations brought back to the conversation by Grant Green Jr. on his new release - SOUL SCIENCE - due out next Friday. Grant offers his take musically, with that silky smooth and soulful guitar present throughout - but he is clearly commenting on the state of our world on this track and others. And then of course, adding in beautiful love songs to balance out the confusion. SOUL SCIENCE finds Grant singing, in a timeless style reminiscent of Richie Havens. It's up for preorder today - support the master musician on his quest to heal the world.
Journey To Golden
We've been holding on to this one for a minute - the divine CHANTAE CANN is busy working on her debut album - JOURNEY TO GOLDEN - to be released in March on ATLANTA RECORDS. We fell in love with Chantae when she graced the Snarky Puppy Family Dinner record, and eagerly await her new music. Today you can join in and support by pre-ordering the album with special exclusive perks. Check the options right here, and be part of the making of this great record.
bye bye blackbird
This man just does NOT STOP. Frank Catalano returns (with Jimmy Chamberlin) to bring us the third record in their trilogy. BYE BYE BLACKBIRD features the great David Sanborn and special guests Nir Felder and Demos Petropoulos. Dedicated to jazz legends Von Freeman and Eddie Harris, Bye Bye Blackbird is described by Frank as 'the jazziest of the trilogy'. It's all happening here in April, but you can jump over to Frank's early ordering spot to reserve your copy. Our tip - get the dinner with Frank and Jimmy and raise a glass with some great humans who also happen to be incredible musicians. Late to the party? Drop in right here and get the back story.
We've got a special treat lined up for you in April - from the mind of Padraig Rynne comes NOTIFY, and incredible band from Ireland that is rearranging and redefining Irish music in the broad idiom of 'jazz'. Formed in 2013, Notify features Cillian King, Eoin Walsh, Davie Ryan, and Cormac McCarthy. Delicately balancing organic compositions with electronic overlays, improvisation, and a touch of funk, Notify creates a flowing, futuristic soundscape that holds all the haunting feel of old Irish music. Just drop in right here for one song and you will see (and hear). Support Notify on the book of faces and stay tuned. You have been Notified.
Dogs Of Bushwick
Through The Badlands - Arthur Vint & Associates
Another gem coming at us out of Portland Oregon via FNBeats Galore! Portland native Randal Wyatt - emcee, community leader, and mentor - heads up this evolving collective that lays positive message on top of that solid Northwest party funk. The new jawn is titled GUMBO GROOVES, and features the soulful and funky keys of Mr. Tony Ozier. We love that positive groove in our Hip-Hop, from the Philly sounds of Burndown Allstars and Kuf Knotz to the Chicago style of Sidewalk Chalk - SPEAKER MINDS drops right into the mix with that distinct Portland vibe. Get loose right here.
Grant Green Jr.
As the son of legendary jazz guitarist Grant Green (1931-1979), Grant Green Jr. was exposed to exceptional musicianship right from the start. Growing up in Detroit, Grant enjoyed a constant parade of jazz greats streaming through his living room. His neighbors included Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight, members of the Four Tops and the Temptations. Miles Davis was known to join impromptu jam sessions in their home. Grant Green Jr. has released music as part of the Godfathers Of Groove (w/Bernard Purdie), and is often seen as part of Col. Bruce Hampton's band, and now he's brought us his solo record, SOUL SCIENCE, recorded in Atlanta with Khari Cabral-Simmons and Daz-I-Kue. SOUL SCIENCE features Atlanta greats Nick Rosen, Julie Dexter, Jacob Deaton, Kevin Scott, and Duane Trucks, and is ready for your ears on February 12th. Drop in on GGJ right here and stay tuned!