Now on her eighteenth album, prolific vocalist Cassandra Wilson today releases Another Country. The jazz and blues album is filled with sophisticated music for a fine evening and rich lyrics that tell textured stories.
Above, watch a smooth live rendition of "Red Guitar" with Cassandra on the guitar. Below, listen to and download "Olomuroro," a gentle lullaby of a folk song.
Gilles Peterson is back with another classic World Wide mix with The Gotan Project in Paris, France. Gilles brings in some new music from Cassandra Wilson, The Beast ft. Nnenna Freelon, Prommer & Barck, Isoul8 & Mark de Clive Lowe and plenty more. Enter Gotan sometime in hour 2: the Tango trio takes some time off from their massive world tour (find dates) to pick their favorite tracks.
This short video collage chronicles the shows and events from 1990 through 1996 of the company that preceded Giant Step: The Groove Academy. This is the first time that the flyers and posters of Groove Academy shows have been digitized.
The concept behind The Groove Academy was to give an opportunity for the masters of funk and groove to perform their craft in front of a young audience and new generation of fans as most only knew these artists from samples used in hip-hop and rap. At this time, many of the originators were in fact forgotten in the USA and had to go to Europe and Japan to make a living. The Groove Academy was determined to help re-launch careers in the States and give them their just props!
As time went on and Giant Step was born, The Groove Academy became the concert wing of the company and helped to introduce new artists. By the mid 1990s, The Groove Academy came to an end, putting all events under the unified umbrella of Giant Step.
Stay tuned for more memorabilia as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary and please share any memories, feedback, or your own photos from this historic time. To see the individual flyers and posters from this video, view the album on our facebook page.