Aug 25 2017
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.
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.