It’s the year of major modern jazz artists striking out on their own. Branford Marsalis released Footsteps of Our Fathers earlier this year on his own label, Marsalis Music. Now George Duke has released his first album on his label, BPM (Big Piano Music). Face the Music was released September 3 and consists of mostly instrumentals. “The basic idea for this project was to use the same rhythm section for the entire album,” Duke says. “Though there are horns and vocals in spots, the rhythm section is the focus and identity of the music.” The rhythm section consists of Christian McBride and John Roberts.
Why did GD decide to create an indepedent label? Check out his explanation in the Musicians Corner on his web site – GeorgeDuke.com.
Speaking of George Duke, he’s reunited with Kirk Whalum for The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter II. According to Kirk’s web site, the album is scheduled for release on October 29. I’ll post more information as I receive it. The first volume was an underappreciated fusion of jazz and gospel that would appeal to any fan who likes their jazz energized and I doubt this second volume will be any different.