David Blamires Group cover

cover to the David Blamires Group 1990 recording

I’ve been updating my MP3 collection and couldn’t find a good scan of the David Blamires Group’s 1990 recording on the Web. So I scanned mine (usually it’s just easier to get a scan that someone else has already done). In case you’re in the same boat and don’t have a scanner, click the image below to view a 949×932 scan of the self-titled album.

cover to the David Blamires Group 1990 recording

NEXT Collective

I love any modern jazz project that has the potential to reach new audiences. Cover Art, the new recording from the NEXT Collective has interpretations of songs by Drake, Bon Iver, Dido, Pearl Jam, Kanye West and more. The collective Features rising jazz stars: saxophonists Logan Richardson and Walter Smith III, guitarist Matthew Stevens, keyboardists Gerald Clayton and Kris Bowers, bassist Ben Williams, drummer Jamire Williams, and special guest trumpeter Christian Scott (aka Christian aTunde Adjuah).

Cover Art is available now on Amazon and iTunes. Connect with the Collective on Facebook and Twitter.

GRP at 30 – New Compilation

Happy Anniversary to the label that introduced me to so many great artists. It was On the Cutting Edge GRP Sampler way back in 1989 or so that helped get me hooked on contemporary jazz. Nice to see Verve recognize the greatest contemporary jazz label ever with a new compilation.

Black Music Disaster

I don’t know anything else about this June 5th Thirsty Ear release but I am anxious to hear it!

The press release:

Hailing from both the UK and US, Black Music Disaster is a super indie group featuring Spiritualized’s legendary J Spaceman, Spring Heel Jack’s multi-instrumental innovator John Coxon, acclaimed jazz icon Matthew Shipp and drummer extraordinaire Steve Noble.

The pace is set with the pulsating Farfisa organ, complimented by dueling psychedelic guitars and punctuated with explosive drums.

At times hypnotic, yet rapidly moving with wide dynamic sweeps, this highly unique sonic experience is unmatched in its ultimate musical journey.

Given these great musicians span such diverse musical backgrounds; the brilliance of this composition is how the genre differences just melt away.

As to the name, Matthew Shipp provides the keys to its origin: “William Parker had mentioned to me about a negative review of a concert he had performed with Cecil Taylor and Anthony Braxton in Italy in which the reviewer referred to the concert as a ‘‘black arts disaster.”

“Everyone thought that was funny and by the time the story got around through Chinese whispers it had changed to black music disaster–at which time we all looked at each other and said that is a great name for a CD.”