New Track: Blood Orange – “West Drive” (Profit Vocal Dub 2) ft. Samantha Urbani

 

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Loving the breathy vocals from Samantha Urbani on this version of “West Drive” by the ever talented Blood Orange. 80s vibing all day to this one!

On a more serious note, our hearts go out to Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) who lost his apartment, all of his possessions, and his dog Cupid in a fire last night. Dev was not in the apartment and is safe.

56th Annual Grammy Nominations

 

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Such a pleasure to see all these amazing Giant Step clients, partners, and fam getting recognized on this year’s list of Grammy nominees. Hats off to all!

The 56th Grammys will air on January 26. Visit the Grammy website for a full list of nominees.

Record of the Year
Get Lucky – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Album of the Year
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Get Lucky – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Vocal Album
Paradise – Lana Del Rey

Best R&B Performance
Nakamarra – Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
Best Of Me – Anthony Hamilton

Best R&B Song
Best Of Me – Anthony Hamilton

Best R&B Album
Love In The Future – John Legend

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Hey Laura – Gregory Porter

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
Settle – Disclosure
A Color Map Of The Sun – Pretty Lights

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Liquid Spirit – Gregory Porter

Best Urban Contemporary Album
One: In The Chamber – Salaam Remi

Best Dance Recording
Atmopshere – Kaskade

Best Song Written for Visual Media
Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) – Lana Del Rey

Best Regional Roots Music Album
The Life & Times Of…The Hot 8 Brass Band – Hot 8 Brass Band

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk

Rest In Peace, Chico Hamilton

 

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Legendary jazz musician and leader of the Euphoria ensemble Chico Hamilton has passed away.

Coming up as a rising jazz drummer alongside other heavyweights such as Charles Mingus in high school, Chico played with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan and others, cementing himself as a force to be reckoned with early on.

In 1987, he helped found the New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music Program in NYC, a place dear to many of our hearts.

His ensembles helped develop talent like Gabor Szabo and Larry Coryell, amongst many others. Chico is also credited as an influence for many contemporary talents such as Carlos Santana, Joe Claussell, Jose James, Mark de Clive-Lowe and Thievery Corporation.

Honored as a “Living Jazz Legend” by the Kennedy Center and as an NEA Jazz Master, Chico Hamilton was seminal to the jazz community, culture, and history. Material from his October 2013 recordings with his Euphoria ensemble will be released as the The Inquiring Mind in early 2014.

We are grateful to have had Chico as part of our own history here at Giant Step as well – he will be sorely missed.

The ongoing event series, Celebrating the Life & Music of Foreststorn ‘Chico’ Hamilton will continue on December 15 at Drom in NYC. Come out and pay homage to one of the greats.

Video Premiere: Mark de Clive-Lowe – “Hot Music” (by Soho) + ‘Church’ Album Kickstarter

 

This fine Monday we are proud to premiere the first of an awesome series by Mark de Clive-Lowe. In what he calls the One Take series, Mark creates music from scratch in just one live film take. The first of the four videos shows the brilliant DJ/producer recreating, remixing, and deconstructing the club classic “Hot Music” by Soho. His tools include a grand piano, drum machine, keyboard and two Korg Kaoss Pads. Join Mark each week as he unveils a new video and continues to awe us just that much more!

We’re also proud to help announce the launch of Mark’s Kickstarter campaign for what will be a Church album! The album, as you might guess, is based off of the inimitable NYC and LA parties by the same name. Contributors to the campaign will have the opportunity to pre-order the album, receive back catalog USB drives, lifetime show tickets for anywhere in the world, private lessons from the man himself, and quite a bit more!

Contribute to Mark’s Church album Kickstarter campaign!

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Rest In Peace, George Duke

 

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Legendary keyboardist George Duke has passed at the age of 67. Left behind are over 30 solo albums and credit for creating bridges between Brazilian music, funk, R&B, and jazz. His work crossed several decades and included collaborations with Miles Davis, Anita Baker, Frank Zappa, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, and George Clinton – some of the very best

His work carried over the generations and has been sampled by Daft Punk, Common, Kanye West, MF Doom, Madlib, Pete Rock, Ice Cube, and A Tribe Called Quest.

In July of this year, Duke released a new album called DreamWeaver in memory of his wife who passed just over a year ago.

Duke and his ongoing contributions to music will be sorely missed.

Below, watch Duke perform one of our favorite tracks, “Dukey Stick,” with Sheila E in studio. After the jump, find rare footage of a full live show at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Billy Cobham.

Montreux Jazz Festival performance after the jump