Here’s a deal that’s impossible to refuse. Ubiquity is offering their latest compilation, The Shape of Things To Come 2, for no cost on eMusic and for a mere $4.49 on iTunes this week (it returns to full price on Tuesday April 25, 2006)! This online-only release includes a mix of brand-new unreleased music and a handful of recent tracks previously only available on vinyl. The artists include names TomorrowJazz Radio listeners are familiar with such as The Bamboos and Breakestra as well as forthcoming must-hear music from NOMO. More info and samples are on the Ubiquity site.
The latest release by DJ Carl Cox, Second Sign, was released everywhere else in the world last year. It’s coming out here in the States on April 4 on the Koch label. It’s always interesting when DJs write their own material and Cox does so with fifteen tracks on this recording. One of the tracks features the UK soul/funk/disco band Light of the World (which had a pre-Incognito Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick as one of its leaders). I have some LotW tracks from their Inner Voices release that I would love to play on TomorrowJazz Radio but am prohibited from doing so by rules that govern broadcasting (traditional and Internet) here. To my knowledge, no LotW recording is “authorized for performance in the United States.” I even tried contacting the band through their (now defunct) web site to get direct permission but did not receive a response.
“I’ve used everything that I know on this record in terms of approaches.” When Chick Corea says that, you know you’re in for an adventure. That’s the case with his upcoming release, The Ultimate Adventure. Like the Elektric Band reunion recording To the Stars, Corea’s inspiration comes from a work by L. Ron Hubbard. Also like that CD, this sounds like a plugged-in project. Chick has an excellent promotional video on his site that you should see. You can learn about the vast variety of musicians on this project (Hubert Laws, Steve Gadd), the approaches Chick is referring to, the world music influences, and much more. I’m looking forward to this. It’s out on his Stretch Records label on February 7.
Two of my favorite groups have finally found home for new recordings in 2006. Liquid Soul has signed with Telarc and will release One-Two Punch on May 23. Groove Collective will get their new release People People Music Music in stores in the U.S. via the Savoy label. It’s expected in the spring.
Here’s the latest music added to the TomorrowJazz Radio playlist. I’ve added a “TomorrowJazz Yesterday” feature track that spotlights music that was ahead of its time. Artists have included, and will include, Bob James, the Crusaders, Miles Davis, Return to Forever, Spyro Gyra, and others.
New Mastersounds with Karl Denson / “You Got It All” / This Is What We Do
The Bad Plus / Anthem for the Earnest” / Suspicious Activity?
DJ Williams Projekt / “C.A.K.E” / Projekt Management
Garaj Mahal / “Mondo Garaj” / Mondo Garaj
Greg Osby / “Channel Three” / Channel Three
Meat Beat Manifesto / “Maintain Discipline” / At The Center Sessions – Unreleased
Larry Goldings featuring Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley / “Last Night” / Space Cowboys – Music from the Motion Picture
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe / “Rise and Shine” / The Bridge
Stanton Moore / “Hunch” / Flyin’ the Coop
The Crusaders / “Free as the Wind” / The Golden Years
Kenny Garrett / “Conversation with Hutcherson” / Simply Said
Ricky Peterson / “Drop Shot” / Organ-ized!
Solamingus / “Acid Trip” / Jazzedelic
DJ Rodriguez / “Bitches & Friends” / Acid Jazz on the Rocks
Philippe Saisse / “Proko-Groove” / Masques
Me’Shell NdegeOcello Feat. Herbie Hancock / “Nocturnal Sunshine” / Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool
The Solsonics / “Mountain Man” / Jazz In The Present Tense
Tok Tok Tok / “Cherries from My Neighbour’s Tree” / Chillout Jazz
Herbie Hancock / “Mojuba” / Dis Is Da Drum
Medeski, Martin and Wood / “Mami Gato” / End of the World Party (Just In Case)
Sakesho / “Baby Steps” / We Want You To Say?
Sarah Vaughan / “Peter Gunn (Max Sedgley remix)” / Verve Remixed 3
Soul Station / “Congalegre” / Totally Re-Wired 10
St. Germain / “Rose Rouge” / Tourist
Liquid Soul / “Sun Ra” / Evolution
Matthew Shipp / “Cohesion” / Equilibrium
Boston Horns / “It’s In Your Face” / It’s In Your Face
Incognito / “Need to Know” / Tribes, Vibes & Scribes
Jazzelicious / “Frenetic” / Brazil Remixed
Night Trains / “Jericho” / Miles Away
Bob James / “Tappan Z” / BJ4
Chaser / “Life In Loisaida” / Future Sound of Jazz – Vol. 5
Cycle / “Quiet Blue” / Bossa Brava Tropicale!
Dave Weckl Band / “Mixed Bag” / Multiplicity
De-Phazz / “Jazz Music” / Godsdog
Jamiroquai / “Too Young To Die” / Emergency on Planet Earth
Zachary Breaux / “Impressions” / Groovin’