About a week ago, the Stockholm originating beauty Kissey Asplund released previews for a couple of her newest tracks and we couldn't be happier with what we're hearing. "Forget" is a slower song, sounding like an 80's inspired rock-ish pop track, whereas "Sexocology" picks up the pace and borrows from 70's disco and funk.
Every year Giant Step's SummerStage party is hailed as one of the best summer events in New York, and every year we try to outdo ourselves searching far and wide for the best musicians we can find. This year we decided to go on the soul and funk tip with performances by Lee Fields And The Expressions, Fitz And The Tantrums, Andreya Triana (US debut), and a very special DJ set from our friend Rich Medina.
Doors to SummerStage open at 3:00pm, on Saturday, June 25th. Use the 72nd St. entrance to Central Park when you come out and bring the whole family because an event this special only happens once a year.
Larry Coryell With the Wide Hive Playerscomes out today and we have a new streaming track from the album on Soundcloud: "Honey Dijon." On the new album, Larry Coryell aka ‘Godfather of Fusion,’ joins forces with The Wide Hive Players for these 13 electrifying new tracks. Well-known for his driving tone and intricate flurries; Coryell delivers amazing and intense performances over solid, expansive grooves established by The Wide Hive Players. The Players, now consisting of the enormously talented rhythm section of bassist Matt Montgomery (Calvin Keys and Variable Unit) and Thomas McCree (Lyrics Born’s drummer), horn players Mike Rinta (Sly Stone, Santana), Doug Rowan (Jazz Mafia) and Pianist Adam Shulman, all contribute to create a cohesive alive sound, reminiscent of Coryell’s popular 1972-1974 era. Primarily jazz-funk, the album also glows with overtones of soul, blues, and has a definitive rock undercurrent. The record is timeless and current; reflective of past craftsmanship while remaining progressive and original.
Guitar legend Larry Coryell joins forces with a group of impressive session musicians in this new funk jam, Larry Coryell With the Wide Hive Players, due to be released next week on April 12th. Dubbed "the Godfather of Fusion" by Downbeat Magazine, Larry Coryell has earned a permanent place in music history. He brought what amounted to a near alien sensibility to jazz-electric guitar playing in the 1960's, a hard-edged, cutting tone that owed as much to blues, rock and even country as it did to earlier, smoother bop influences.
The Players consist of bassist Matt Montgomery (Calvin Keys and Variable Unit) and Thomas McCree (Lyrics Born's drummer), horn players Mike Rinta (Sly Stone, Santana), Doug Rowan (Jazz Mafia) and pianist Adam Shulman, all contribute to create a cohesive alive sound, reminiscent of Coryell's popular Offerings or Eleventh House era (1972-74). Primarily Jazz-Funk, the album also glows with overtones of soul, blues, has a definitive rock undercurrent. Check out the first single, "Return of Shirtless" -
Few people in the world get to have a wildly successful career, and by wild we mean lights, cameras and screaming fans. However Wayman Tisdale managed not only one, but 2 wildly successful careers. First as a star athlete and NBA players on several major leagues and then as a jazz recording artist/composer whose albums topped the jazz Billboard charts and crossed over to R&B. But that's not all, before his untimely death Wayman was gearing up to show us yet another brilliant side of him: the funk master!
For 12 years Wayman had worked on a true labor of love, The Fonk Record, featuring collaborations from funk legends George Duke and George Clinton. His dream is finally realized today with the release of The Fonk Record out today via Mack Avenue Records.