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19 January 2020

Jimmy Heath died at 93

Known for his commitment to developing the talents of up-and-coming jazz musicians, Jimmy Heath served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance. A member of the Institute’s Board of Trustees, he has also been part of the judging panel for several Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Saxophone Competitions.

Jimmy Heath embodied the history of jazz. In his 60 years on the jazz scene, the saxophone great has appeared on more than 125 records as both a composer and player. Heath grew up in Philadelphia alongside brothers Percy and Tootie, both renowned jazz players in their own right. At 14, he began studying saxophone and by 21 he was ready to move to New York with Percy to play with trumpeter Howard McGhee. In 1949, he became a member of Dizzy Gillespie’s sextet and big band. Heath’s alto saxophone style at the time was so reminiscent of Charlie Parker that it earned him the nickname “Little Bird.”  After a switch to tenor saxophone and a brief stint with the Miles Davis Quintet, Heath formed his own group. With Art Farmer as co-leader, Heath’s group recorded and toured throughout the ’60s. During this time, Heath played with Cannonball Adderley, Chet Baker, James Moody, Clark Terry, and others.  In 1975, he formed the Heath Brothers with Percy and Tootie and pianist Stanley Cowell.  In this group, Heath played tenor saxophone and soprano saxophone as well as flute. The group’s Live at the Public Theatre was nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 1980. Since then, Heath has performed and recorded as the leader of his own quartet and alongside Slide Hampton, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and many others. In 1993, he performed as part of the inaugural celebration for President Clinton at the White House Jazz Festival. In 1994, he was the recipient of the Insitute’s Maria Fisher Founder’s Award.  Heath’s composition such as “CTA” and “Gingerbread Boy” are jazz standards that have been recorded by Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, and Chick Corea, among others. In 2003, Heath received an NEA Jazz Masters Award and in 2004 he received his third honorary doctorate. An active jazz educator, Heath has taught many of today’s successful, up-and-coming jazz musicians.  He spent 11 years as Professor of Music at Queens College and currently presents workshops and clinics around the world. 

17 January 2020

Charlie Parker's Savoy Sessions

In celebration of the centennial of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, Craft Recordings is happy to announce the Savoy 10-inch Collection, available for pre-order now and out on February 28th.

The deluxe box set presenting Parker's groundbreaking 1944-19448 bebop sessions for Savoy was newly restored and remastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Paul Blakemore.

Listen and order here
16 January 2020

LillyGood Party Vol. 2

Swiss DJ Alex Attias returns to BBE with a second helping of uptempo cuts, perfectly encapsulating his LillyGood Party! sound.

Founder of the recently revived Visions imprint, a long-time collector and a revered selector, Alex Attias is, before everything, a refined producer whose musical craft has seen him travel the globe, most notably with an extended stint in the birthplace of the bruk sound, London.

The tracks you’ll find on this compilation are all current favourites, or proven classics that have never left Alex’s record box at the LillyGood Parties, a gathering Alex and his brother Stephane run in their hometown of Lausanne, Switzerland.

LillyGood Party! Vol.2 is another testament to Attias’ unswerving taste for smooth yet intricate, subtly layered yet deeply rooted dance compositions; some subtly edited for maximum dance-floor effect.

Featuring instantly recognisable names such as Louie Vega’s Elements Of Life, Peven Everett and even Pharoah Sanders, LillyGood Party 2 also sheds light on some lesser-known artists, digging out some gems, buried deep across the jazz, disco and electronic musical strata.

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15 January 2020

Thundercat - It Is What It Is (Brainfeeder)

Thundercat’s new LP It Is What It Is picks up where his last full-length, 2017’s Drunk, left off. Like that record It Is What It Is intersperses more fully-formed tracks with scene-setting vignettes.

A quick glance at the tracklisting shows several of the entries here clock in at under two minutes, but this does not reflect a paucity of ideas. Rather, the shorter interludes add light and shade to Thundercat’s already colourful combination of neo-soul, fusion-funk and R'n'B - for instance, the spiritualised cooing of ‘How I Feel’ sets the scene perfectly for the astral yacht-rock jam ‘King Of The Hill’ that follows it.

As is often the case on Thundercat albums, a variety of guest stars appear on It Is What It Is. It’s an intriguing mix of talents here, one that simultaneously expands and refines the album’s sonic universe. The likes of Steve Lacy and Childish Gambino are easy bedfellows for Thundercat’s sound, and along with Steve Arrington they help to construct one of the record’s poppiest joints in ‘Black Qualls’. However, the meeting of Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B on the ultra-smooth ‘Fair Chance’ is delightfully unexpected. KNOWER’s Louis Cole and rap prankster Zack Fox are the other features on It Is What It Is.

Thundercat’s It Is What It Is is both another soulful triumph for the artist and also the sort of record that only he could make.

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14 January 2020

The Milk - Cages

That’s right, The Milk are well and truly back, and this time they’re giving you a piece of their mind. Cages, their third album (and second here on Wah Wah 45s) is an outward looking, socially conscious album both in its lyrical content and the complex rhythmic structures used. The album is in equal parts the dark shadow of how far we’ve fallen as a society and the blazing sunlight whose rays of hope can still change the world.

If that all sounds a bit overwhelming, then we should point out that it also contains eleven of the band’s finest ever pieces of work. Anyone who saw the boys play the album in full at their Hoxton Hall show in London late last year will testify to that. There are songs for the hard partying Milk faithful and ones for the more introspective soul boy or girl in equal measure. We know we’re biased, but it’s an instant classic.

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13 January 2020

Wildflower - Season 2

Wildflower (Leon Brichard, Tom Skinner, Idris Rahman) continue to explore areas of groove-based improvised jazz on their 2nd album. Taking a slightly freer approach to the writing process, simple but effective melodies and bass motifs are explored to to create fully realised pieces with dynamic extremes that bring a full range of emotion. Recorded over a two day session at Fishmarket Studios in London, the band sounds relaxed and at ease, giving space to explore intricate improvised interplay and dialogue fully whilst at the same time building to fiery powerful climaxes and emotional peaks. Skinner is on fire here whilst Rahman and Brichard trade riffs and push the harmonic and rhythmic boundaries. Rahman’s use of clarinet and bamboo flute plus additional layers of woodwinds, Skinner’s unique approach to stripped-down use of his very personalised kit, and Brichard’s use of both acoustic and electric basses make for a sonic landscape that is both unique and highly approachable. Touching on heavy spiritual vibes whilst taking in dark alternative grooves and delicate folk-like tunes, the overall sound remains instantly accessible.

Release February 14, 2020 

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12 January 2020

Weldon Irvine - Time Capsule

The sublime Time Capsule remains Weldon Irvine's most fully realized and influential recording. A supremely talented multi-instrumentalist and composer, Irvine had a musical vision that was unerringly soulful, spiritual, and funky. Assembled as a kind of musical scrapbook documenting the thought patterns and belief systems of the early '70s, it nevertheless boasts a surprising vitality and timelessness thanks to luminous funk grooves that anticipate the latter-day emergence of acid jazz. Irvine also rhymes over several tracks, further cementing his influence on successive generations of hip-hop. A profoundly righteous spirituality winds through all eight of Time Capsule's performances, assaying both the affection ("Soul Sisters") and anger ("Watergate") vying for control of post-Woodstock America. Irvine's searing keyboard and piano playing further capture the moment in question, deftly balancing between beatitude and bitterness. For fans of funk, soul and jazz, it doesn’t get much better than this 1973 classic. 

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11 January 2020

J-Felix - Whole Again Hooligan

Producer and multi-instrumentalist J-Felix returns with his future blend of boogie, p-funk, disco and soul on his sophomore album "Whole Again Hooligan". Influenced by the musicianship of Roy Hargove's The RH Factor, James Brown and George Clinton, Joe elaborates on the concept of the record: "My mum used to call me a hooligan when I was growing up which was probably quite accurate, but there's something about finishing a creative project as a musician that makes you fell whole again". 

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10 January 2020

Joey Alexander - Warna

Joey Alexander, the Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, composer and bandleader announces the release of his major label debut album, WARNA (Verve Records). Slated for release January 31, the album is primarily a collection of reflective, moving new and original music by an experienced and confident musician. You can pre-order the album here. 

Translating as “color” from Alexander’s native language of Bahasa, WARNA follows four Motéma Music albums that garnered the pianist three Grammy nominations and such honors as historic critics’ and readers’ poll victories in DownBeat and JazzTimes. Joining Alexander on the new album are bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Kendrick Scott, who comprise the core piano trio. On select tracks, Venezuelan-born percussion Luisito Quintero, and flautist Anne Drummond, join on to stunning aural effect. 

WARNA unfolds like entries in a road journal. Alexander channels what he sees, hears and feels from his travels into his astonishing melodic gift. The track “Downtime” was written by Joey to honor those special moments that occur off the concert stage, exploring new cities or just hanging out with family and friends.

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9 January 2020

Batunga & the Subprimes

Matasuna Records starts the new year 2020 with a brilliant release, featuring two contemporary tracks by Paris based Afrobeat band Batunga & The Subprimes, available for the first time on vinyl.

Batunga & The Subprimes was founded in Paris in 2009 by musicians from different backgrounds, united by the will to mix traditional African music with other elements (Latin, Jazz, Second Line and even Rock) and to bring this explosive mix on the streets & on stage. After many shows all over Europe and beyond, their first official album "Man in the Field" was published in 2017, followed by their EP "Let Dem In" in late 2019. Matasuna has chosen two extraordinary cuts of these self-released albums to release them on vinyl for the first time.

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Our recommended list of upcoming concerts, events and festivals you don't want to miss... Enjoy!

25 January 2020  |  At Sea, Miami and more

Blue Note at Sea 2020

Blue Note at Sea will return in 2020 with a fantastic program including Robert Glasper, Gregory Porter, Kamasi Washington, Melody Bardot, David Sanborn and much more.

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30 January 2020 - 22 January 2020  |  Europe

Moonchild - Little Ghost European Tour

Following the release of their highly anticipated album ‘Little Ghost’, Moonchild head out to Europe in 2020, having previously played sold out shows across the continent. With a unique style of alternative R&B, soul and new-school jazz that has cemented their spot in today’s music scene, the extraordinary tour will feature new music from the band.

Tour dates:

30 JAN   Nalen Klubb, Stockholm, Sweden

01 FEB   Clamores, Madrid, Spain

02 FEB   La Nau, Barcelona, Spain

03 FEB   Le Rocher De Palmer, Bordeaux, France

05 FEB   Kaufleuten Festsaal, Zurich, Switzerland

07 FEB   Boogaloo, Zagreb, Croatia

08 FEB   Porgy & Bess, Vienna, Austria

10 FEB   Private Club, Berlin, Germany

12 FEB   Doornroosje (Small Hall), Nijmegen, Holland

13 FEB   Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam, Holland

14 FEB   Bird, Rotterdam, Holland

15 FEB   La Maroquinerie, Paris, France

17 FEB   Patterns, Brighton, UK

18 FEB   Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK

19 FEB   Scala, London, UK

21 FEB   Biko Club, Milan, Italy

22 FEB   Alcazar, Rome, Italy

8 February 2020  |  Utrecht, the Netherlands

Footprints Festival

Na een uitverkochte editie in januari 2019 is Footprints in 2020 terug voor haar tweede editie! Tijdens het festival worden traditionele en moderne geluiden vermengd met invloeden uit verre windstreken. Het programma volgt de voetsporen die ons van het bekende pad wegleiden, en naar een plek brengen waar avontuurlijke muziek alle ruimte krijgt.

Ook dit jaar reizen artiesten uit alle hoeken van de wereld af naar Utrecht voor Footprints Festival. Van Engeland, Frankrijk en Polen tot Algerije, Bahrein en India: alle acts verwerken verschillende roots, invloeden en technieken in hun werk, resulterend in prikkelende, dansbare en horizon verbredende muziek.

Tickets & line-up here
27 March 2020 - 28 March 2020  |  Capetown, South Africa

Capetown International Jazz Festival

Cape Town International Jazz festival celebrates it's 20th! edition on March 29 and 30

Website of Cape Town Jazz International here
17 April 2020 - 25 April 2020  |  Bremen, Germany

Jazzahead Bremen

Jazzahead website
26 June 2020 - 28 June 2020  |  Lviv, Ukraine

Leopolis Jazz Fest

Leopolis on FB
3 July 2020 - 18 July 2020  |  Montreux, Swiss

Montreux Jazz

No text needed ;-)

Festival website
10 July 2020 - 12 July 2020  |  Rotterdam, the Netherlands

North Sea Jazz festival 2020

The annual biggest jazz festival in Holland. Do we need to say more?

Website of North Sea Jazz here
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