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Label: Warner Bros.
Released: 2024
Track listing: Maktub; JPEG RAW; Don’t Start; This Is Who We Are; To The End Of The Earth; Alone Together; What About The Children; Hearts In Retrograde; Hyperwave; Funk Which U; Triumph; Habits.


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Gary Clark, Jr.: JPEG RAW

Read "JPEG RAW" reviewed by Doug Collette

In contrast to Gary Clark Jr.'s thunderous stage performances, the keen impact of which permeate Live (Warner Bros., 2014) and Live in North America 2016 (Warner Bros., 2017), his studio albums, including JPEG RAW, are ambitious eclectic pieces of work the force of which grow inexorably with repeated listening. Its title an acronym for ...


Article: Album Review

Isaiah Collier: Parallel Universe

Read "Parallel Universe" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The direct-to-disc recording equipment in Haarlem's Artone studio resembles a vintage control room for time travel, or maybe the record deck in a cyberpunk loft. And yes, that's Haarlem, not Harlem, though one could be excused for mixing them up here. This is where Isaiah Collier came to record Parallel Universe, a valiant and affirmative album ...


Article: Rediscovery

A Sonic Compass: A Journey Through Prince's N·E·W·S

Read "A Sonic Compass: A Journey Through Prince's N·E·W·S" reviewed by Giulia Bianchi

It is indisputable that musician, composer, singer, actor, and producer Prince Rogers Nelson has been one of the most prolific and committed musical artists of all time. With an enduring career spanning over five decades, the virtuoso mastered a plethora of instruments, perpetually exploring and trailblazing new creative horizons. His music is steeped in a timeless ...


Article: Play This!

Donald Byrd: The Emperor

Read "Donald Byrd: The Emperor" reviewed by Chris May

"The Emperor" is the killer track on Donald Byrd's 1972 masterpiece Ethiopian Knights (Blue Note), an album which took Miles Davis' contemporaneous electric experiments, stripped them of their wannabe rockstar aspirations and reframed them with a deep funk sensibility. Byrd, tenor saxophonist Harold Land, trombonist Thurman Green, vibes player Bobby Hutcherson and others bounce off plugged-in ...


Article: Album Review

The Headhunters: Speakers In The House

Read "Speakers In The House" reviewed by Chris May

Although it appears to have been self-released in limited numbers in 2019, this Ropeadope release of Speakers In The House is effectively the Headhunters's first album since Platinum (Owl) in 2011. The band continues to be led and produced by its two Herbie Hancock-era members, percussionist Bill Summers and drummer Mike Clark, who together have kept ...


Article: Blues Deluxe

Summer 2022

Read "Summer 2022" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note, spotlighting titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. The Phantom Blues Band Blues For Breakfast Little Village Foundation 2022 The hyperbole of Bill Bentley's ...


Article: In Pictures

Kamasi Washington, Trombone Shorty and George Clinton Kickoff a New Season of Outdoor Music

Read "Kamasi Washington, Trombone Shorty and George Clinton Kickoff a New Season of Outdoor Music" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

The jny: New York City summer music season kicked off with a series of extravagant concerts that turned out large crowds to the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park and Central Park SummerStage presentations. The comfortable temperatures and low humidity created perfect conditions for outdoor events. Perhaps, the crowds were also buoyed by a collective sense ...


Article: Album Review

Emma-Jean Thackray: Yellow

Read "Yellow" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Many of the most prominent exponents of melding jazz with soul, funk and hip-hop have been trumpeters. Even in the late 1970s, Chuck Mangione was already taking soul-jazz and moving it further into an R&B orbit (and taking heat from jazz purists for supposedly “selling out"), and in so doing exposing lots of pop fans to ...


Article: Album Review

Garage A Trois: Calm Down Cologne

Read "Calm Down Cologne" reviewed by Chris May

Formed by guitarist Charlie Hunter, saxophonist Skerik and drummer Stanton Moore in 1999, Garage A Trois has sparked a slew of “But is it jazz?" debates with every new release. Calm Down Cologne will do it again. GAT has been through various incarnations since its debut EP, The Mysteryfunk (Fog City Records, 1999), necessitated ...


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