These are videos that I like: What’s been on lately


It’s been a while since we last ran a video column.  Not sure why exactly that is, but I just happened to be strolling through the site’s bookmarks and, damn, that video list sure has grown out of control.  I feel like I could make a tepidly funny joke about mowing the lawn here, but my heart isn’t in it, and, well, none of you look enthused about the possibility of my lawn maintenance themed stand-up routine.  Well, except for the John “Deere Old Stockholm” Coltrane fans, of course.  Hah! #puns But no seriously, someone come over and mow my lawn.  Okay, that’s all I got.  I’m glad we could have this talk.

About those videos…

First up is a live performance by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and his quintet performing the title-track from his new album Diaspora at Paste Studios in NYC.  The essential take-away here is that Scott is amazing live.  Look, I know some of you aren’t crazy about some of the directions he goes in the studio.  I get that.  But in a live setting, it’s as if all of his music achieves a full bloom.  Seeing him live in person or just on a video screen, he blows me away each time.  Also, flautist Elena Pinderhughes is a total bad-ass.

His new album Diaspora was one of the Best of Bandcamp Jazz picks.  Go give it a read on The Bandcamp Daily.

And if you want to skip the write-up and go straight and check the album out, you can give it a listen and purchase it on the artist’s Bandcamp page.

Next up is an in-studio performance by Masaa of “Natra” from their new album Outspoken.  Their mix of Lebanese, French, and German vocals with a European jazz sound is mesmerizing.

Check out a write-up of that album (LINK).

And here’s a link to another cool video.  It’s part interview, part travelogue, part live performance, and 100% cool.

Also, if you want to check out their new album, you can give it a listen and purchase it on their Bandcamp page.

And let’s wrap up with a live performance by the Hear In Now trio of violinist Mazz Swift, cellist Tomeka Reid and double bassist Silvia Bolognesi.  This video sees the trio at Vision Festival 20.

Their new album Not Living In Fear was the lead on a recent Round-up column, which you can check out right here-> LINK

But if you want to skip all those words and just check the album out, you can give it a listen and purchase it at the artist’s Bandcamp page.