New Release: Ravi Coltrane – ‘Spirit Fiction’

 

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane today releases his newest project, Spirit Fiction, produced by the luminous Joe Lovano. Expect to hear music that is rich, layered, and expressive. Ravi brings versatility and a fresh flavor to each track by utilizing two different bands throughout the album. In the end you have some great summertime jazz – nothing like it.

Head over to NPR for a full stream of the album!

Ravi’s tour is also now in full swing – be sure to take a look below for dates in your city.

Enter our contest to win Spirit Fiction.

Tour Dates
May 29-June 2 — Birdland — New York, NY
June 22-23 — Bohemian Caverns — Washington, DC
June 29 — Fort of Wolfisheim — Wolfiseim, France
June 30 — Festival Jazz de La Defense — Paris, France *
July 2 — Jazz a Vienne — Vienne, France *
July 4 — Centro Cultural de Belem — Lisbon, Portugal *
July 6 — North Sea Jazz Festival — Rotterdam, Holland *
July 7 — Comblain Jazz Festival — Comblain-la-Tour, Belguim *
July 21 — Black Sea Jazz Festival — Batumi/Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
July 25-26 — New Mexico Jazz Festival — Albuquerque, NM
July 27-28 — Dazzle — Denver, CO
July 31-August 1 — Jazz Alley — Seattle, WA
August 2-5 — Catalina Jazz Club — Los Angeles, CA
August 6-7 — Yoshi’s — Oakland CA
August 11 — Richmond Jazz Festival — Richmond, VA
September 27-30 — Jazz Showcase — Chicago, IL
October 2-7 — Village Vanguard — New York, NY

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New Release: Oddisee – ‘People Hear What They See’

 

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Our friend and one of the hardest working men in hip-hop today released his People Hear What They See album. Drawing inspiration from sitting and observing outside environments, Oddisee endeavored to break the stereotypical emcee mold and write about things outside of his own personal reality.

You can’t help but respect Oddisee’s thoughtfulness and focus on creativity. And beyond subject matter, this album sees a refreshing evolution in the producer/emcee’s sound, guiding the listener across brilliant tapestry of melodic hip-hop.

Above, the smooth toned Olivier Daysoul sits down with Oddisee for a soulful acoustic of “You Know Who You Are,” a bonus track on the album.

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Contest: Win Tickets to Sold Out Joss Stone Show @ Highline Ballroom, NYC – June 20

 

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Wow. Looks like madame Joss Stone has got a sold out show on her hands. In just six hours, the tickets for the June 20 show at the Highline Ballroom in NYC are no more.

But you know we got you. Just enter our contest to win a pair of tickets and you, too, could be grooving the night away. You’re welcome.

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Next Step April Winner: Dezaray Dawn

 

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We are proud to announce Atlanta based future soul singer Dezaray Dawn as our April Next Step winner! The German-born gal has a voice of power, comfort, and euphoric healing – something like what you feel when listening to Fertile Ground’s lead singer, Navasha Daya.

Thus far, Dezaray has released two EPs, Chameleon and Deep, the latter being a collaboration with Marc Mac of the famed 4Hero. Dezaray’s latest single and video is for the sophisticated downtempo and soulful house style “Over It.” Easily repeat worthy – we won’t say how many times we’ve already ran this back. Be sure to grab the free download below.

Folks loving whey they hear can look forward to her debut album, The Dawning, out this summer. In the meantime, we’re very happy to premier “The Dawning” intro track. And look out for some tour dates to be announced very soon!

Dezaray Dawn – “Over It” [Download on Bandcamp]

Dezaray Dawn – “The Dawning”
 

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Contest: Win Tickets to Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens @ Littlefield, NYC – June 13

 

Growing up in an Alabama church and a soul club veteran, the electric gospel Naomi Shelton brings an energy unparalleled. Her 45s, including “41st St. Breakdown” and “Wind Your Clock,” are prized amongst funk DJs worldwide. Very soon, New Yorkers can and should take advantage of what’s to be a spectacular show – lock your calendars for June 13 at Littlefield.

Enter our contest to see Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens live!

Event Details
Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens Live
w/ The Gold Magnolias
Wednesday, June 13

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Tickets: $10.00
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