Tia Fuller Releases Decisive Steps + MP3

Alto/soprano saxophonist/flautist Tia Fuller‘s newest Mack Avenue release, Decisive Steps, is a sumptuous CD of ten tracks that illustrate her artistic fearlessness. A member of Beyoncé’s band for four years, Fuller’s agile, buoyant and elegant full-bodied sax lines effortlessly improvise a number of moods and grooves, as evidenced by the take-no-prisoners tempo of the title track. The album also contains her ingenious reworking of two well-worn standards: “I Can’t Get Started” and “My Shining Hour.”

Decisive Steps features Tia’s Beyoncé bandmate, drummer Kim Thompson; bassist Miriam Sullivan; Fuller’s sister, Shamie Royston on piano and Fender Rhodes; with special guests, trumpeter Sean Jones and bassist Christian McBride (both Mack Avenue label mates); vibraphonist Warren Wolf; and tap dancer Maurice Chestnut.

Tia Fuller – “Decisive Steps” [MP3]
 

Tia Fuller’s NYC CD release party is May 10th at the famous Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola.

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Sia “Clap Your Hands (Diplo Remix)” Download

Diplo + Sia = Sweet Remix. Sia’s full-length album, We Are Born, drops June 22nd. Her current tour dates (The We Meaning You Tour) can be found here, along with more streaming music from the new album.

Sia – “Clap Your Hands (Diplo Remix)” [MP3]
 


New Album by Angelique Kidjo + MP3 Download

Deemed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time, Angelique Kidjo follows up her Grammy-winning Djin Djin with Oyo. On the album, Kidjo collaborates with Bono – one of the continent’s most ardent supporters – joined with John Legend on a version of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move on Up.” The focus on Oyo is the music that shaped Kidjo’s artistic formation, including “Lakutshn Llanga,” a lullaby made famous by Kidjo’s hero, Miriam Makeba; Yoruban interpretations of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” and Santana’s “Samba Pa Ti;” a collaboration with Diane Reeves on “Monfe Ran E,” an homage to the Aretha Franklin hit, “Baby I Love You;” and a take on James Brown’s “Cold Sweat.”

Recorded and mixed by Russell Elevado (D’Angelo, The Roots, Erykah Badu) and produced by Kidjo and longtime collaborator Jean Hebrail, Oyo features a band of highly accomplished musicians, including guitarist Lionel Loueke, Christian McBride on upright bass, Kendrick Scott on drums and Thiokho Diagne on percussion. Trumpeter Roy Hargove makes a memorable appearance on “Samba Pa Ti.”

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Angelique Kidjo – “Kelele” [mp3]
 

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Full Album Stream

Stream the full album, I Learned the Hard Way by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, at NPR right now. The album will be released April 6th. Make a point to catch Sharon with the best backing-band around on late night TV; she’s scheduled for David Letterman on April 23rd, The Colbert Report on the 26th, Jimmy Fallon on the 28th and more.

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