Throwback Thursday: ‘Giant Steps, Vol. 1′ Record Release Party @ Supper Club – December 9, 1993

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein takes us back to our record release party for Giant Steps, Volume One at Supper Club in December 1993.

By 1993, the acid jazz scene was garnering much more awareness in the US and labels here were beginning to take notice with the success of Jamiroquai and Brand New Heavies. Most of the larger UK acts on majors were coming out of imprints on Polygram such as Talking Loud and FFRR. A subsidiary of Polygram US was London Records, which also had Payday Records. Payday Records was run by Patrick Moxie, who at the time also managed Gangstarr – he’s now the owner of Ultra Records.

Given that acid jazz was one of our primary areas of specialty, Patrick approached us about putting together a compilation for him. Naturally, we wanted to the name to be in line with our brand, so we called the compilation “Giant Steps,” adding the “s” on the end to differentiate a bit from “Giant Step.”

Read the rest and hear select tracks after the jump

Throwback Thursday: Gil Scott-Heron @ SOBs – Jan 20, 1991

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein highlights our Martin Luther King Day Celebration featuring Gil Scott-Heron in 1991. Maurice shares:

Gil Scott-Heron’s importance and influence on today’s music is indisputable, and we were lucky to do many shows with him. Gil’s use of his platform was admirable, too; As someone who was always outspoken – especially in politics and social issues – it would be interesting to know what he would have thought about the current government shut down. We invite you to tell us your thoughts on Gil: Did you attend this show or one of the thousands he did in his lifetime? How is his legacy being remembered in your experience? And what’s your favorite piece of music by Gil?

Rest In Peace, Terry Callier

 

The Chicago born singer-songwriter and true music legend, Terry Callier, passed away this weekend. One of the most underrated artists ever, we’re proud to have hosted Terry’s first NYC show back in the late 90s.

In his career, Terry went on to contribute to the highly regarded Beth Orton Best Bit EP, released a handful of critically acclaimed albums, toured with George Benson and Gil Scott-Heron, and released Hidden Conversations in a novel collaboration with Massive Attack in 2009.

Below, listen to one of our favorite Callier tunes, “Ordinary Joe.”

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Next Step July Winner: Sean Haefeli

 

Hella excited about this July Next Step winner of ours! Berlin based pianist, vocalist, lyricist, and composer Sean Haefeli mesmerized us with his vocal jazz that’s sprinkled with welcome notes of Jose James and Gil Scott-Heron.

Others have referenced Last Poets, Roberta Flack, Michael Franti, Bobby McFerrin, and Gregory Porter when speaking about his music. Looks like dude has a pretty fail proof thing going on as far as many are concerned.

Sean’s sound blends jazz, soul, hip hop, and spoken word to birth warm, honest, and intimate music perfect for cozying up to as winter approaches. RISE marks his third album, which similar to his previous two, is self-produced and released. Below, you can stream the entire album and also download the title track for free!

Touring will begin in late October through November of this year. On, November 16 catch a special performance on Mijke’s Middag Live on Dutch radio station Radio 6.

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