singer, songwriter and lifelong fan josé james honors the great bill withers with the september 28 release of “lean on me” (blue note), a loving tribute album that features 12 of the legendary singer and songwriter’s most undeniable and soulful songs in honor of his 80th birthday year. “lean on me” was produced by blue note president don was and recorded in capitol’s legendary studio b with a dream team band: pino palladino (bass), kris bowers (keys), brad allen williams (guitar), and nate smith (drums), along with special guests including vocalist lalah hathaway, saxophonist marcus strickland, and trumpeter takuya kuroda.
for gregory porter, the influence of nat king cole on his life and music runs deep, a through-line that reaches back into some of his earliest childhood memories, and culminates in the release of the two-time grammy-winning vocalist’s stunning fifth studio album nat king cole & me, a heartfelt tribute to the legendary singer, pianist, and capitol recording artist. “he was one of a kind. he left such great music – such beautiful things to listen to that you can’t help but be influenced by that extraordinary timbre, style, and ultimate cool,” porter enthuses.
das best kept secret der szene steht kurz vor dem auffliegen: charles pasi, verboten gutaussehender franko-italiener, gerade mal in seinen dreißigern, hat eine stimme wie ein altmeister, schreibt abgehangene jazz/blues-songs mit dem zeug zum klassiker und kollaborierte schon mit kollegen von carla bruni bis archie shepp.
jetzt darf blue note stolz auf ihn sein: sein labeldebüt »bricks« ist ein musikalischer glücksfall und der startschuss zu einer wunderbaren karriere. man sollte ihn auch live keinesfalls verpassen, denn charles pasi ist nicht nur ein überzeugender songwriter, sondern auch ein mitreißend charmanter sänger und sehr versierter mundharmonikaspieler.
ony allen meldet sich 2017 mit einem neuen album zur³ck:the source hei?t die platte, an der der nigerianische schlagzeuger und songschreiber zusammen mit saxofonist yann jankielewicz arbeitete.insgesamt elf allen-originale schrieben und nahmen sie gemeinsam f³r the source auf. unterst³tzt wurden die beiden im studio von ein paar der besten jazzer der pariser szene, darunter die saxofonisten rÚmi sciuto und jean-jacques elangue, der trompeter nicolas giraud, der posaunist daniel zimmermann, bassist mathias allamane, pianist jean-philippe dary und keyboarder vincent taurelle, der das album gemeinsam mit bertrand fresel produzierte.au?erdem wirkten der kameruner gitarrist indy dibongue und als special guest der blur-frontmann damon albarn mit am neuen album. letzterer ³bernahm den pianopart im song cool cats.
saxophonist, flutist, composer, and jazz mystic charles lloyd releases his latest blue note offering, passin’ thru, a passionate live recording that marks the 10th anniversary of his acclaimed and enduring new quartet featuring pianist jason moran, bassist reuben rogers, and drummer eric harland, a simpatico unit that teems with intuition, contemplation and playfulness. the album is a dynamic seven-song collection of lloyd compositions old and new including the swinging and gleeful title track “passin’ thru” (first recorded in 1963 when lloyd was a member of the chico hamilton quintet).
double 12 inch vinyl in gatefold sleeve.
josé james is reborn as a powerful voice in contemporary r&b on “love in a time of madness”. even for an artist as creatively restless as james, “love in a time of madness” is something new: an r&b focused foray into moody soul, electronic pop, and trap-addled beats, with the occasional influence of african folk, american gospel and minneapolitan funk. and though james’ voice is no less agile and his ear no less adventurous, this is also his most relatable, daresay sexiest work yet, detailing love’s ups and downs without holding back an ounce of emotion.
liquid spirit marks gregory porters blue note records debut, which arrives on the heels of two critically acclaimed indie label albums that quickly propelled porter to the upper echelon of contemporary male jazz singers and earned him two grammy nominations. don was, president of blue note, encouraged porter to stay true to his artistic vision.
*i firmly consider myself a jazz singer but i enjoy blues, southern soul, and gospel,* porter says, *those elements make their way inside my music. and i ve always heard them in jazz.*
the remarkable second album, “indigo”, from singer and pianist kandace springs is a 13-track lp of originals and choice covers that showcases the full breadth of kandace’s artistry from smoldering r&b (“piece of me”) to gorgeous jazz ballads (“unsophisticated” featuring roy hargrove) to the pop songcraft of “breakdown” and “don’t need the real thing,” the album’s lead single which is out today. all but two tracks are produced by drummer/producer karriem riggins (common, erykah badu) with additional production by jamie hartman (rag n bone man), jimmy hogarth (amy winehouse, corinne bailey rae), jimmy harry (madonna, p!nk) and evan rogers and carl sturken (rihanna).
lock yourself into the beat, but don’t become prisoner to it. the techno pioneer jeff mills understands that only too well. in his quest to liberate himself from the tyranny of the sequencer, mills couldn’t wish for a better partner than the father of afrobeat.
8 remixes from robert glasper experiments artscience – remixed by kaytranada and glasper. it will also include a feature from talib kweli. the 180 gram 12 inch vinyl ep will only be released in the us, uk, & canada as a rsd special.
A TRIBUTE TO ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS (10 INCH)
10" Vinyl UK02.06.17
blue note is pleased to announce the release of legendary nigerian drummer tony allens new ep, a tribute to art blakey and the jazz messengers. the 4 titles featured in the ep moanin, the drum thunder suite, night in tunisia, politely provide a preview of his forthcoming first album for blue note (currently scheduled for release in autumn 2017) on which tony allen pays tribute to his longstanding idol, american jazz drummer art blakey.the ep s four titles and the other tracks that make up the album were recorded over three days in paris at the midilive studios, the former facility of the vogue label. the sessions were done in live conditions that saw tony allen and his 8-piece band together in the same room, with the sound channelled through 12 separate mikes onto 2-tape via a sony mci-jh24 analogue multi-track recorder.
norah jones has come full circle with day breaks, her remarkable sixth album which finds her returning to her jazz roots while also proving her to be this era’s quintessential american artist, the purveyor of an unmistakably unique sound that weaves together the threads of several bedrock styles of american music: country, folk, rock, soul, jazz. day breaks is a kindred spirit to come away with me, though it is unquestionably the work of a mature artist who has lived life and grown immensely in her craft. the album features jazz luminaries including shorter, smith, and blade, who played drums on norah’s debut and became the backbone (and backbeat) of the new album.
the vinyl lp comes in a gefold sleeve with download code included.
die musikalische weltreise geht weiter...
nach seinem abstecher nach paris, aus dem die mit platin ausgezeichnete cd *in paris* und das gleichnamige erfolgs-live-programm hervorgingen, machen sich götz alsmann und seine band auf richtung broadway - den ort, wo klassische musicals und unsterbliche revueschlager seit jeher das rückgrat des american songbook bildeten. unsterbliche kompositionen von cole porter, george gershwin, jerome kern, rodgers & hammerstein und vielen anderen faszinierten das europäische publikum schon seit dem beginn des jazz-zeitalters.
die doppel-lp erscheint auf blauem 180 gramm vinyl im klappcover, download-code inklusive.
elvis costello and the roots have announced that a collaborative album entitled wise up ghost will be exclusively released by blue note records. the existence of the record was first revealed by ?uestlove as an aside during an interview with billboard magazine in january. a small number of test pressings were distributed as white labels on record store day on the 20th of april and now the full album is finally here! it promises to be one of the most unexpected and surprising releases of 2013.
comes as double 12 inch vinyl in gatefold sleeve.
a1 & c1 unfortunately with side noisy sounds , not perfect sound quality ... a perfectly formed deep-house voyage, taking the listener through blends of jazz, blues, latin and hip-hop, tourist is a must have for any dance or jazz music collection. the album transcends the ages and sounds as relevant and fresh today as it did on release, rightly staking a claim as a true modern classic.
remastered audio on 180 gram double 12 inch vinyl in gatefold cover.
bobby hutcherson’s late-’60s partnership with tenor saxophonist harold land had always produced soulful results, but not until san francisco did that translate into a literal flirtation with funk and rock.
andrew hill was born to hattie and william robert hill, sr. on june 30, 1931 in chicago, illinois. he was preceded in death by his parents and his only sibling william robert hill, jr. andrew was in person as magical and complex as the music he composed and performed. he was at once shy and outgoing, with a slight build, sometimes hesitant speech, and with a ready smile and penetrating gaze that could embrace the whole of a person. andrew brought an easy elegance and grace to all that he did with an ability to laugh at life s situations. no tears, he said in responding to his three year life with illness, lived with passion and hope.
recorded from 2001 to 2010, the cameos, duets and coleborations on this compilation span the musical spectrum and show norah jones to be one of the decardes most diverse musical connectors ... from blue, jazz, country, hip hop, soul ... big
incredibly dramatic jazz composistions from grachan moncur! part of the blue note re-issue series from heavenly sweeteness (paris). all releases in the series are pressed on super heavy vinyl in high quality jazz sleeves!
although not released until 1979, this march 1965 session by wayne shorter is a classic. the three horn front line inspires shorter as a composer and arranger, and freddie hubbard and james spaulding are a fiery pair of soloists. the rhythm section features the unique combination of mccoy tyner and tony williams. from the intricate darting angola to the melodic beauty of lady day, this album is just further confirmation of shorters genius as a saxophonist and a composer.
j dilla remix of brother jack mcduff / dj cam remix of donald byrd the emperor / dj spinna extended remix of donald byrd lansannas priestess / second 12inch with the highlight tracks from blue note revisited album!
not too late is norah jones highly anticipated third album. made up of 13 songs - all of which were written or co written by norah - the album was produced by lee alexander, norahs long time song writing partner/bass player. the album features distinct traces of dusty in memphis style southern soul, as well as the kind of sleepy, sultry vocals that have been ubiquitous in coffee houses all over the world since the release of her 20+ million selling 2002 debut album, come away with me.
a perfectly formed deep-house voyage, taking the listener through blends of jazz, blues, latin and hip-hop, tourist is a must have for any dance or jazz music collection. the album transcends the ages and sounds as relevant and fresh today as it did on release, rightly staking a claim as a true modern classic.