Ramsey Lewis has pulled out his Fender Rhodes and enlisted his Electric Band for his 80th recording. Ramsey, Taking Another Look features Lewis’ favorite tunes including a new edit of the original “Sun Goddess” recording featuring Earth, Wind & Fire and a new rendition of the Stevie Wonder penned “Living for the City”. After headlining so many albums, it’s truly saying something when Lewis states that “this album is definitely among the top five.”
Ramsey, Taking Another Look will be released on the Hidden Beach label on September 20th.
Four musicians, each from a different country, got together to record music in NYC in April. The thing is: they didn’t write any music. They improvised everything. This isn’t like some of the free jazz I’ve heard. It’s modern. It’s got my interest. Check out the teaser below. I think you’ll want to learn more too.
I’m always seeking fresh sounds that keep my attention. Bodega has my ear. The band cites influences ranging from Herbie Hancock, Fela Kuti, Weather Report, Talking Heads, Stereolab, Kurt Rosenwinkel, MMW, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, livetronica and beyond. Ropeadope’s site says “Bodega has always blended elements of funk, philly soul, jazz, breakbeat, and afrobeat to make their infectious grooves.” Those infectious grooves are in full force on their new recording Bounce! Bodega had a goal of capturing the live experience with Bounce! “The People have a craving for live music, music created in the moment, music created by the musicians from audience inspiration, music in which they are a part of the creation and experience, REAL music,” the band says. “Bounce! is our vision to unite those people, whether they are hip hop heads, beat freaks, jazz heads, ravers, old heads, rockers, festival travelers, and music lovers of every shape and background.”
Here’s a live clip of Bodega playing the composition that I’m downloading from Amazon right now, “Smirk.” Learn more about Bodega on their MySpace page.
I was just introduced to the Apples, an excellent band out of Israel that fuses jazz, funk, turntables, and electronics. If you like Liquid Soul, you’ll love this group. Their MySpace page describes them as a “blend of funk, jazz and electronic music, forgoing the traditional use of guitar, keyboards and vocals. Instead, they center around four turntables, flanked by a sharp horn section served up by thick double bass lines and steadfast drum beats, fed through an attentive sound console and organic effects.” I haven’t found any of their music available in the States. Thankfully, we have the Internet so geography won’t preclude me from buying their music at an online store elsewhere.