On Finding Gabriel (Nonesuch), which dropped in May, Mehldau, who turns forty-nine in August, eschews the acoustic landscape and the written word for musical ruminations on Old Testament prophecy and wisdom.
With the release of his album Star People Nation on May 17, American trumpeter Theo Croker spoke to us about his unexpected collaboration with Roy Hargrove, his grandfather – the trumpeter Doc Cheatham – and the lessons he received by telephone from Wynton Marsalis, Clarke Terry, Al Grey and Baden Powell ...
While living in Paris, the legendary talent scout/record exec, John Hammond, connected me with Stanley Chase, the producer of a Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer show that was slated to open in Utrecht, called “Free & Easy”. I was asked to assemble a dream big band, take them to Europe for rehearsals, and then take it to Broadway.
The spiritual jazz singer reflects on his relationship with Kamasi Washington, working with J Dilla, and how Horace Tapscott shaped his career.
Discreetly or a solo role, the pathways of the berimbau cross continents, practices and traditions, between the sacred and the profane. From Miles Davis to Danyèl Waro, from Simon Winsé's musical mouth bow to Hermeto Pascoal's musique concrète, the berimbau sometimes drifts where it is not expected to, into realms of experimentation and proud resistance... Here is Qwest TV's overview.
The new visuals accompanying a track from her 2017 album Utopia, are as beguiling as we have come to expect from an artist that thrives on the boundaries.