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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New Release: NEXT Collective – ‘Cover Art’

NEXT Collective today releases an incredible collection of covers with their CoverArt album. This collective of brilliant young jazz musicians came together with an aim to remake some popular music favorites, including the work of Little Dragon, Jay Z and Kanye West, D’Angelo, N.E.R.D, Stereolab, Drake, Meshell Ndegeocello, and on. It’s a real treat. Hear their cover of Jay-Z and Kanye’s “No Church In The Wild” below.

For those in the NYC area, do not miss the opportunity to watch these guys at work tonight during their album release show! More details are below. Others can watch the live stream of the release show after the jump or on the live stream site.

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Event Details
NEXT Collective Album Release Show
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Doors 10pm / show 10:30pm

Featuring
Logan Richardson: saxophone
Walter Smith III: saxophone
Matthew Stevens: guitar
Gerald Clayton: keyboards
Ben Williams: bass
Jamire Williams: drums
and special guest Christian Scott: trumpet

DJ Set from Rich Medina

Tickets: $15 advance / $18 doors
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Le Poisson Rouge
New York, NY

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Live stream of release show tonight after the jump

New Release: Mark de Clive-Lowe – ‘NEXT Collective: The Mixtape’

 

Always the tastemaker extraordinaire, Mark de Clive-Lowe, presents us with a preview of an awesome project some great young jazz musicians have embarked on. NEXT Collective: The Mixtape introduces us to NEXT Collective and their upcoming album set to cover some of their favorite artists and ‘reinterpret them from a jazz perspective.’ Covered artists include Little Dragon, Jay Z and Kanye West, D’Angelo, N.E.R.D, Stereolab, Drake, Meshell Ndegeocello, and on.

Members of NEXT Collective include Logan Richardson (sax), Walter Smith III (sax), Matthew Stevens (guitar), Gerald Clayton (keys), Kris Bowers (keys), Ben Williams (bass), Jamire Williams (drums) and guest trumpeter Christian Scott.

Absolutely love it when worlds collide like this. Stream and download below!

Mark de Clive-Lowe presents NEXT Collective: The Mixtape [Download on Sendspace]

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Video: Gizmo – “Love Song #3″ (Meshell Ndegeocello Cover)

 

We met bassist and singer Gizmo last year at HarlemStage when he was part of the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble shredding it up. To our surprise, we recently also found that homeboy is also a singer – and a pretty good one, at that. The 21-year old does a marvelous job above at covering Meshell Ndegeocello’s “Love Song #3.” Quite rad to see a dude singing her parts – it works well. Big kudos to Gizmo.

Gizmo also recently released his Derrick Hodge (Robert Glasper Experiment) produced debut album, Red Balloon, which features a gang of dope artists including Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment / Q-Tip), Jamire Williams, Anna Wise of Sonnymoon, amongst several others.

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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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