Katy B Video – “Katy On a Mission”

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In mid March, British singer/songwriter Katy B debuted her album in the UK, On a Mission. Katy is most commonly known for her collaborations with dubstep artist, Benga. Breaking through the age of auto tune, On a Mission not only showcases Katy B’s impeccable song writing abilities, but also her raw vocal talent.  In pop diva tradition, Katy takes the most fresh underground sounds and turns them into catchy club hits.  On a Mission has not been released in the US but will be soon.

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Larry Coryell Releases New Album With The Wide Hive Players

Larry Coryell With the Wide Hive Players comes 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.

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Larry Coryell With the Wide Hive Players – Honey Dijon by Giant Step NYC

GPWW 3/30/11: Seun Kuti Album Preview and Now That’s What I Call Bumps Vol. 2 mix


Photo by Mark Godwin of The Guardian

Gilles serves up the second volume of “Now that’s what I call Bumps” on this installment of GPWW. For those of you new to the “Now That’s What I call Bumps” series, it spotlights some of the international stars in the “beats” scene, a new generation of musicians. Mostly instrumental numbers, they range from high energy tunes like “Lil Zurna” by Debruit to serene tracks like “Brushmetal” by Devonwho.

The Worldwide Show also treats us with a preview of Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80 new album From Africa With Fury: Rise to be released by Because Music. The UK Guardian recently sat down with Seun and discussed various topics such as politics, his legendary father Fela, and his new album. Catch that interview here.

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Ambrose Akinmusire’s When The Heart Emerges Glistening Released Today

Ambrose Akinmusire‘s tour de force When the Heart Emerges Glistening drops today on Blue Note records. The 28 year old trumpeter-composer is bound to attract attention with his latest effort, a manifesto that is startlingly fresh and personal. Akinmusire himself composes 10 of the 12 songs on the album, with his labelmate and mentor Jason Moran picking up the production duties. The artist is backed by his young quintet (tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Justin Brown), a close-knit group of longtime friends and frequent collaborators that breathes a remarkable collective identity. See tour dates after the jump.

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Larry Coryell With The Wide Hive Players – “Return of Shirtless”

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” -

Larry Coryell – Return Of Shirtless by Giant Step NYC