Jazz is undergoing changes of monumental magnitude and importance. Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense is a documentary film that captures the metamorphosis of jazz by showcasing the words, music, and spirit of the artists that are paving the way for an unprecedented musical revolution. Featuring Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Medeski Martin & Wood, Russell Gunn, Dianne Reeves, Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, and many more. For a taste, grab some downloads and watch some videos we posted a few weeks ago.
When you ask most people, "name a jazz musician today," 9 out of 10 times you will get the name of someone who is already dead. But jazz today is undergoing some monumental changes and in this documentary film — Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense, by filmmakers Michael Rivoira, Lars Larson and Peter J. Vogt, the musicians take stage front and center to explain the nature of this metamorphosis. Featuring Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Medeski Martin & Wood, Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band, Russell Gunn, Dianne Reeves, Terence Blanchard, Bill Frisell, Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, Jr., Wayne Shorter and many more. This documentary brings you the rebellious, young, and gifted, responsible for quietly revolutionizing jazz under our noses.
Among those artists participating in the sound revolution is Donald Harrison, Jr. who is making bold moves in the jazz world experimenting to create some very unique compositions. Check out the title track of his latest album Quantum Leap and make sure you also take a peek at the track "NY 2000" featured on the film.
This week on Gilles Peterson World Wide, he focuses in on R&B/jazz/soul singer, Bilal, who is releasing Airtight's Revenge on September 14th on Plug Research. The special mix section of the show features a slew of Bilal tracks and an interview with the man himself, as well as some Giant Step favorites with Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, and Fela Kuti. Returning from last week are Monsters of Folk and Mount Kimbie.
Catch up on the GPWW with his 2009 recap: Gilles picks the best of the past year, including Jay Z ft Alicia Keys, Q Tip, Robert Glasper ft Bilal, N'Dambi, Quantic and his Combo Bombaro, plus some new favorites like Shafiq Husayn ft Fatima, Ryan Leslie ft. Pusha T, Theophilus London, Dam-Funk and more.
One artist, two distinct but interwoven concepts: this is the captivating logic behind Double-Booked, pianist Robert Glasper's third album for Blue Note, following up Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007). An artist who "unfailingly gets the feeling right" (New York Magazine), Glasper has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. With Double-Booked, the 32-year-old Houston native puts his enviable versatility front and center, emphasizing these different hemispheres of his musical brain at the same time.