God Bless the Brits, particularly for their adoration of American rhythm and blues. If it weren’t for their rabid music fans we wouldn’t have The Beatles, The Stones, The Kinks, The Who, Led Zeppelin and countless other bands built on the backs of black American musical innovators from Robert Johnson to Bo Diddley. Also, we wouldn’t have this essential Roy Ayers album from 1983, being reissued by the London-based label, BBE Records.
Fresh off becoming Qwest TV's guest of the month, Snarky Puppy has released their new album, Immigrance. Michael League talks to us about this new adventure, his love of percussion, and the need to think beyond borders in a group that has always cultivated openness in their music.
The film follows the singer, offering a behind-the-scenes perspective on his comeback tour. It will be screened at the festival in New York, beginning April 29.
American Love Call: an appeal to sensual and relaxed love that the string instruments and vocal harmonies make all the more sweet.
The London-based New Zealander has shared "Mind's Eye," his first output of 2019. It tells of an intriguing soul-searching journey. Listen here.
The American label Smithsonian Folkways have released The Social Power Of Music, an impressive collection of odes, songs of struggle, prayers and celebrations from around the world: it marks an homage to the power of action through music, and through a community of mixed voices.
The latest release from the mighty Daptone Records label is saxophonist Cochemea Gastelum's All My Relations. It's a ten track project that was recorded through collective writing sessions with an ensemble cast of drummers and percussion players whose funky, indigenous-inspired rhythms anchor the album.
Reissued by WeWantSounds, funk singer Jaye P. Morgan’s eponymous album marks a meeting of minds: a singer seeking recognition and the young David Foster, future producer of Earth, Wind and Fire (1978) and American music’s greatest stars.