i’ve been listening to a lot of jazz. it’s taken over my life, and i couldn’t be happier about it. it started with the ipod shuffle to a robert glasper song. made me realize i needed a live show in my life. this was a tuesday night. the first venue i looked up was the jazz standard. how about the robert glasper trio is playing there the following thursday to sunday?
now i’m experiencing an amazing domino effect. look at robert glasper’s twitter feed, find an interview of his labelmate, trumpeter ambrose akinmusire. fall in love with akinmusire’s music. on a youtube search for his song “ruby”, i find about a trio called pascal’s triangle, led by pianist pascal le boeuf. looking at pascal’s work, i discover he’s a twin (being a twin, i have a special affinity for them. :)). he has two albums with his brother, remy, and they’re both pretty cool. the composition is really interesting and emotive. they’re incredibly talented in their arrangements and playing, especially to only be in their early twenties.
the le boeuf brothers’ first album was house without a door and the video above is the title track. the one below is “wetaskiwin”.
absolutely. friggin. insane. not just these songs, but the album in its entirety.
Ambrose Akimusire‘s Blue Note debut album, When The Heart Emerges Glistening, is a meditation. It’s pensive. It’s honest. It’s heartwrenching. It brings you into the present. It’s gorgeous. He’s a super promising young musician whose work excites me.
“Confessions to My Unborn Daughter” is my absolute favorite song right now. It makes me want to start a journal to eventually give to my (currently nonexistent) children after I use it as my own parenting guide. Listening to it may not necessarily make you feel like doing the same, but it will make you feel, if not feel good. Enjoy.
While hardly a frequent theater attendee, I appreciate greatness in various forms. I found it in FELA! the musical. Fela Kuti was quite an interesting person. Dedicated. Visionary. The show is on tour now. If it’s coming near you, give yourself the distinguished honor of seeing it. You will thank yourself.
Below is a video of him performing “Teacher Don’t Teach Me No Nonsense”. You may not know what he’s saying, but you feel the music and understand the vibe from the title.
The Robert Glasper Experiment
The beauty of the iTunes shuffle feature is discovering music you’ve owned and forgotten about and being catapulted back into that “I love this song!” feel good space. Thanks, Apple.
Tonight I shuffled upon a little reminder about life, and I’m grateful for it. Please enjoy this selection, “Open Mind”, from The Robert Glasper Experiment, composed of pianist Robert Glasper, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Chris Dave and keyboardist/saxophonist Casey Benjamin. As you listen, remember, it is experimental.
The Robert Glasper Experiment – “Open Mind” featuring Bilal
“As a man thinks, he is.”
Photo credit: Jati Lindsey
My music sharing friend, Rodrick, told me about Mara Hruby a while back. I downloaded the album, put it on my iPod and went about my business. Recently, I’ve been giving her EP, From Her Eyes a lot of play. She’s got a pretty voice and does well handling men’s songs. Looking forward to more Mara.
This Van Hunt cover, “Character”, asks a very important question we should all reflect on. Enjoy!
Mara Hruby – “Character”
Where is your character, the one that keeps you going?
Who are you when heavy weather is blowing?
Where is your character, the one who keeps you going?
Miles Davis is the man. When I was in college, my mom gave me the bestselling jazz album of all time, his Kind Of Blue, and I fell in love with the mood of his music.
“Flamenco Sketches” is one of my go-to songs when I want to relax.
Miles Davis – “Flamenco Sketches”
“Have you heard of Frank Ocean? You would like him,” my friend told me months ago. I kept forgetting to listen to him, until someone on Twitter mentioned him the other day. I downloaded his nostalgia, ULTRA mixtape and can’t stop listening to it.
He’s pretty talented. I’m looking forward to hearing more from him. Enjoy.
Frank Ocean – “Strawberry Swing”
Frank Ocean – “We All Try”
Frank Ocean – “There Will Be Tears” (in my opinion, an improvement upon the original by Mr. Hudson)
Frank Ocean – “Swim Good”
It’s highly likely you’ve heard of Lupe Fiasco, so it might seem odd that I’m spotlighting him after he released his third album, five years after his debut. Watching this interview on the Tavis Smiley show reminded me of how much I like him and why. What’s remarkable about the release of his latest album, LASERS, is that fans orchestrated a protest to force Atlantic Records, to give LASERS a release date, which the label was planning to shelve. Here, Lupe discusses the depression and suicidal thoughts he faced during this period, how he came out of it, as well as the creativity/business battle. It’s a really good interview.
Lupe Fiasco – “Beautiful Lasers (2 ways)”