“I’m a big fan of electronic music and electronic pop, and I feel the Kennedy Snow music is headed in a very textural direction, with improvisation being probably the strongest jazz element present, rather than traditional jazz harmony or the swing aspect. But then again, jazz these days can be so many things that I struggle to label it as ‘jazz’, just that all the members have a jazz background.”
“Giving a label to music is difficult for me. I would rather give insight into the music by explaining ‘Provenience’ as a series of improvised responses based upon thematic material written within a standard song form framework.”
“Ultimately my aim was to investigate the type of rule-based composition strategies that were pretty new to me at the start of the project, while allowing plenty of space for the guys to do their thing and bring it all to life.”
There are not many singers around whose name is always mentioned alongside Aretha Franklin’s and this is pretty much all anyone needs to know about Ann Vriend’s timbre, but you may know all that, already.
The time is approaching, but in case you forgot, here’sKamasi Washington to remind you of your date.
Steve Barry’s recent writing has evolved a highly individual and idiosyncratic language that colours the logic of his melodic line. Harmonically he has become even more adventurous, and rhythmically he plays with time and the stretching of time in truly eye and ear-opening ways.
“I had no desire to have a band under my name,that has only emerged with the CD, with permission from the other members. I firmly believe in the collective spirit and contribution of all in which music can be performed and I think that in this instance that is a good part of resultant album.”
The wait is over. Folk-Jazz-Roots powerhouse vocal trio Market Lane have just released their new ‘Train Line Sessions’ video, the second one documenting their work with the legendary Lisa Young. Four divine voices weaved together in a song that knows no genres and musical boundaries. Let yourself go and follow them lifting you to the skies.
Built on an elusive melody by Lisa Young, ‘Thru the Still Trees’ is flowing, going to every direction possible – or impossible. An open-ended song, it is the perfect vehicle for Market Lane to manifest their improvisational skills and interact with their idol, their voices intertwined to the point that, by the end of the song, what you hear is the sonic equivalent of a congregation of clouds against a multi-colour sky.
Here’s a perfect example of this connection between the trumpet player and his guests. The interaction between Chris Bottiand the amazing Miss Jill Scott will make your day. It certainly made ours.