New Release: Lionel Loueke – ‘Heritage’

 

West African jazz guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke today releases his incredible third album, Heritage, co-produced by Blue Note label mate Robert Glasper.

Hailed by the New York Times as “a gentle virtuoso,” Lionel approaches Heritage with a journey into a more electric sound with his new trio, including Derrick Hodge (electric bass), Mark Guiliana (drums), and Robert Glasper contributing piano and keyboards on six tracks. Singer Gretchen Parlato offers background vocals on two tracks, further weaving the already beautiful tapestry of sound.

In the below video, get a behind the scenes look at the recording process of Heritage. And next week, join Lionel as he kicks of his fall tour, beginning with three shows at NYC’s Blue Note September 4-6.

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Esperanza Spalding To Release ‘Radio Music Society’

 

March 20th will see the release of Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding’s newest album, Radio Music Society. Each of the 12 tracks will be coupled with conceptual music videos detailing the stories behind each song.

Guest appearances will include jazz legends Lovano, Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart, as well as other dynamic talents such as Q-Tip, Algebra Blessett, Lalah Hathaway, and Gretchen Parlato.

We can’t wait to share more as it comes! Going to be a great project.

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Blue Note Jazz Benefit For Japan – 4/18 & 4/19

For the last 23 years, the Blue Note New York has maintained Blue Note clubs in multiple Japanese cities, with current establishments in Tokyo and Nagoya. In light of the recent earthquake and tsunami, the Blue Note New York will host a jazz benefit concert at the Highline Ballroom tonight — April 18th — and tomorrow with 100% of the ticket proceeds to be donated to the Japan Relief and Recovery Fund spearheaded by Direct Relief.

The event will feature an impressive roster of internationally known jazz musicians including: Madeleine Peyroux, Ron Carter, John Scofield, René Fleming, Michel Camilo, Kenny Barron, Paquito D’Rivera, Robert Glasper, Roy Hargrove, Dave Valentin, Roberta Gambarini, Richard Bona, Lionel Loueke, Gretchen Parlato, Gregoire Maret, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jose James, Christian Scott, Alex Brown, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lew Tabackin and many, many more.

Doors open at 6pm, and show starts at 7pm both nights. An after-hours party will be held both nights starting at 11pm with performances by Robert Glasper, Sarah Hayes, Eldar, and many more.

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Everything in Time by DJ Center Available Now

bluecover_grey_new.inddEverything in Time is a global soul record bringing back a low-end theory and warmth thatʼs been absent in music as of late. Itʼs a record for a generation raised on a foundation of hip hop and jazz, but grown with a broader musical palate. Itʼs roots music without being reggae, and soul music without being a throw back to the past.

As the songs unfold on Everything in Time, youʼre enveloped in lush piano chords, warm bass lines, boom-bap drum patterns, flying tambourines, and soaring horns. The guests DJ Center chose for his album are the perfect marriage to every song. The record features everyone from favorites like Oddisee and Zaki Ibrahim to the up-and-coming Gretchen Parlato (whoʼs worked with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding) and Samia Farah (whoʼs dub reggae and jazz vocal styles give her a rare, distinctive sound).

The icing on the cake is the remix of “Tout Passe” (CD only) contributed by the incredibly talented Waajeed of The Platinum Pied Pipers. The underlying essence of this record is timeless music. Listen unhurriedly, as all great things happen in time.

“In A Song” ft. Middle Child (Download MP3)
 

“Center’s Groove”
 

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DJ Center’s Push the Fader Radio

push-the-faderCheck out DJ Center’s latest edition of Push the Fader Radio. New and timeless music from: Ocote Soul Sounds, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & NaS, Sade, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Marvin Gaye, Zaki Ibrahim, DJ Center feat Gretchen Parlato, Nu Shooz and more.

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DJ Center’s debut album, Everything in Time, will be available February 9th, 2010.

The Making of “Everything in Time” from DJ Center on Vimeo.