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It has felt like a long time since we’ve had new music from Jorja Smith. With only one album under her belt, the British singer has been riding a very successful wave for the last year after the release of her 2018 revelation Lost & Found. But some of the most enduring tracks from that album have been in the loop since 2016. By now, it is safe to say that fans are primed and ready for new material.
With the impending release of a new album, Smith has dropped “Be Honest,” a fresh reminder of why she is already considered in such high regard by musicians and fans alike. It is the second time she has collaborated with Nigerian star Burna Boy, after she featured on “Gum Body” from the highly successful African Giant.
Continuing to be one of the most interesting and charismatic figures in US rap, Vince Staples seems set to expand his repertoire with an upcoming series entitled The Vince Staples Show. A trailer for this new and original series has been dropped and the real thing is due to come out at the end of September.
Earlier this month Staples signed to an imprint of Motown Records called Blacksmith Recordings label. Check out a sneak peak of the series below. Here’s hoping it will be as adventurous and entertaining as his tour-mate and sometimes collaborator Childish Gambino’s Atlanta.
This August has also seen the release of a new album by British outfit Nérija. The group includes such names as Sheila Maurice-Grey on trumpet, Rosie Turton on trombone, Cassie Kinoshi on alto sax, Nubya Garcia on tenor sax, Shirley Tetteh on guitar, Inga Eichler on double bass and Lizy Exell on drums. It is a release that proves yet again the richness and volume of good sounds coming out of London and the UK in general.
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Although of different generations McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea are bound by greatness. Sidemen to the likes of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, these two supreme pianists went on to become inspirational leaders in their own right during the ‘60s and ‘70s.
This is a different sound to that of his acoustic quartets of the ‘50s and sees Coleman, who also plays violin as well as alto saxophone, embrace his R&B roots to produce fire-spitting music, as if James Brown and Albert Ayler had the chance to jam with abandon.
When asked about the origin of the word “jazz,” British singer Lianne La Havas replied that it was “the origin of everything I love.” In this edition of the 12 Qwestions game, she also takes the time to reflect on her five-year-old memories of her great-grandmother, the songs that she finds too moving to listen to, and her own personal guilty pleasures.