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Thundercat

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Thundercat is the alter ego of virtuosic bassist / singer Stephen Bruner. The South Los Angeles-native has released two critically acclaimed full length albums on Brainfeeder Records since 2011, and last year saw the release of widely praised mini-album The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam. The album features appearances from the legendary Herbie Hancock, fellow Brainfeeder family members Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Mono/Poly and production work from Brainfeeder head, Flying Lotus. 2015 also saw Thundercat make outstanding contributions to landmark albums by Kamasi Washington (The Epic) and Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp A Butterfly)

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Article: Hardly Strictly Jazz

Death Is Not The End and the Law of Periodical Repetition

Read "Death Is Not The End and the Law of Periodical Repetition" reviewed by Skip Heller


"Will this wonderful civilization of today perish? Yes, everything perishes. Will it rise and exist again? It will—for nothing can happen that will not happen again. And again, and still again, forever. It took more than eight centuries to prepare this civilization— then it suddenly began to grow, and in less than a century it is ...

Album

It Is What It Is

Label: Brainfeeder
Released: 2020
Track listing: Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26; Interstellar Love; I Love Louis Cole; Black Qualls; Miguel’s Happy Dance; How Sway; Funny Thing; Overseas; Dragonball Durag; How I Feel; King Of The Hill; Unrequited Love; Fair Chance; Existential Dread; It Is What It Is.

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Article: Hardly Strictly Jazz

2020 and Me

Read "2020 and Me" reviewed by Skip Heller


As I type this, it is December 8, 2020, the fortieth anniversary of John Lennon's murder. I was then a newly-minted barband guitarist, fifteen years old and thinking how the world —via the election of Ronald Reagan —and music had just suffered the worst season that could ever be. 2020 has been an ongoing ...

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Article: Radio

West Coast Get Down: Kamasi Washington, Cameron Graves, Throttle Elevator Music

Read "West Coast Get Down: Kamasi Washington, Cameron Graves, Throttle Elevator Music" reviewed by Russell Perry


In the past several years, a suite of players have emerged from Los Angeles, many of whom grew up together, loosely connected by the name West Coast Get Down. The most visible player in this scene is Kamasi Washington from a jazz perspective, but Stephen “Thundercat" Bruner and Miles Mosley have made significant records in a ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

2 Quartets on We Jazz Records

Read "2 Quartets on We Jazz Records" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Finnish label We Jazz Records is back with two quartet recordings. Both are intriguing in their respective ways, which differ from each other in almost every aspect. Let's have a closer look... Otis Sandsjö Y-Otis 2 We Jazz Records 2020 Berlin-based, Swedish-native saxophonist Otis Sandsjö's sophomore album and ...

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Article: Album Review

Thundercat: It Is What It Is

Read "It Is What It Is" reviewed by John Bricker


If you're looking for some dreamy neo-soul and jazz fusion with a charming sense of humor, no one can satisfy you like Thundercat. Released on April 3, his fourth studio album, It Is What It Is, demonstrates his seemingly limitless confidence and charm as a singer, songwriter and bassist, delivering a solid crop of gorgeous and ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Emma-Jean Thackray: assolutamente unica

Read "Emma-Jean Thackray: assolutamente unica" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Compositrice, polistrumentista, cantante, produttrice, band-leader, solista e DJ, Emma-Jean Thackray è una delle giovani musiciste più talentuose e versatili della scena internazionale. Dopo due EP di grande successo (Ley Lines e Walrus), la Thackray ha iniziato una collaborazione con Makaya McCraven e altri membri della scena jazz di Chicago. Il suo singolo “Too Shy" è stato ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Emma-Jean Thackray: Utterly Unique

Read "Emma-Jean Thackray: Utterly Unique" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer, band-leader, solo performer and DJ Emma-Jean Thackray is, simply put, one of the most talented and versatile young musicians around. After two acclaimed EPs (Ley Lines and Walrus), she started a collaboration with Makaya McCraven and other members of the jny: Chicago jazz scene. Her single “Too Shy" was featured in both ...

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Article: Interview

Ruslan Sirota: A Journey Away

Read "Ruslan Sirota: A Journey Away" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne


Ruslan Sirota would bristle against the classification of “pianist," “multi-instrumentalist," or “composer." He is, of course, all of these things... which is precisely the point. Raised on the songs of the Soviet and nurtured by the fusion alumni of the 1960s, Sirota has thus far navigated his professional career with an acute sense of sound, unencumbered ...


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