New Release: Kris Bowers – ‘Heroes + Misfits’

 

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Today, young jazz pianist Kris Bowers drops his impressive debut album, Heroes + Misfits. Kris crafts his own progressive brand of jazz by blending a variety of styles, including R&B, electronic, and rock.

Also contributing to the album are Casey Benjamin (alto sax), Kenneth Whalum III (tenor sax), Adam Agati (guitar), Burniss Earl Travis II (bass), Jamire Williams (drum), along with guest vocalists Julia Easterlin, José James and Chris Turner.

Cozy up to the full album stream below and grab a free download of the “Forget-Er” single after the jump!

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Photo: Gregory Porter @ Town Hall, NYC – Feb 14

 

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Lucky couples and singles alike packed the room at Town Hall in New York City Friday night for a triple threat of performers. Starting the show were up and coming local talents, Chris Turner and Jennah Bell who performed a spine-tingling bluesy/folk inspired set together. And the minute the incomparable Gregory Porter reached the stage, he was greeted with a standing ovation.

The jovial singer engaged the audience with jokes sprinkled throughout the set, stories about his mother, and mounds of praise and appreciation for all the love in the room that night. The vocals were no less than what you’d hope for – strong, deep, and steeped in emotion and vulnerability. The set spanned music from all three of his albums, including popular songs “1960 What?,” “Liquid Spirit,” and “Be Good (Lion’s Song).”

Video: Esperanza Spalding – “Black Gold” (Live)

 

This song makes us smile inside. First time you probably heard it was when we posted the video to the original with Algebra Blessett. Yesterday, Esperanza Spalding took to the Daily Show with Jon Stewart to perform “Black Gold” live with our homie Chris Turner for a shiver inducing duet.

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Video: Chris Turner – “Find A Way”

 

You remember our boy Chris Turner. We shared his chilling cover of Sly & The Family Stone’s “If You Want Me To Stay” in October as well as “Conflict Of A Man,” a tune with his group ERIMAJ, in September.

Today, we got a little more. Last week Chris performed his first headlining show in his hometown of Oakland, California. We were lucky enough to be present for the special occasion, which turned out be nothing short of a very inspiring night of friends, family, and community supporting this rising star.

Many thanks to our friend Sef Diggy for the footage and Hip Hop Is Cool Again for bringing it to our attention!

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Video: ERIMAJ – “Conflict Of A Man”

 

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Our pal Jesse Boykins III told us we needed to hear this cat named Chris Turner, so looked him up. Chris is a super talented vocalist from Oakland that also happens to be Bilal’s backup singer. After a little chat with Chris, we stumbled onto his band, ERIMAJ. The core of the band consists of drummer and band leader Jamire Williams, trombonist and composer Corey King, and of course, Chris Turner on the vocals.

“Conflict Of A Man” is the group’s first single with this hazy dreamscape of a video directed by none other than miss Tiombe Lockhart. The sound is jazzy and soulful, with vocals reminiscent of Bilal. All these New School alums are on some serious voltron status. Go ahead, y’all. Sounding great.

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