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Thundercat

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)

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ryan Porter: Force For Good

Read "Force For Good" reviewed by Chris May

The Los Angeles jazz scene clustered around the community of session musicians known as the West Coast Get Down (WCGD), and its most prominent member (and now ex-session musician), Kamasi Washington, is a US equivalent of London's underground jazz scene. Both exist in parallel universes to the jazz establishment, both are culturally inclusive though peopled mainly ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joe Armon-Jones: Turn To Clear View

Read "Turn To Clear View" reviewed by Chris May

A cornerstone of London's underground jazz scene—as well as leading his own band he plays in Ezra Collective and groups led by the tenor saxophonists Binker Golding and Nubya Garcia—the keyboard player Joe Armon-Jones released his first own-name album, Starting Today (Brownswood), in spring 2018. A jewel of nu-fusion which owes almost as much to the ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Newport Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Doug Hall

Newport Jazz Festival Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI August 2-4, 2019 The 65th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival continued an established tradition of delivering an exceptional level of high quality musicianship. Over the three fully packed days (and one special evening at the International Tennis Hall of Fame) from August 2nd ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Thundercat: On Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, Erykah Badu and the great LA jazz renaissance

Read "Thundercat: On Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, Erykah Badu and the great LA jazz renaissance" reviewed by Rob Garratt

When, a few years back, the mainstream media began breathlessly anointing the arrival of a West Coast-born jazz “renaissance," Thundercat's name was invariably invoked second in the evidence list— behind, of course, that of his childhood buddy Kamasi Washington. While Washington's career has gone stratospheric—with a summer co-headline tour alongside Herbie Hancock the latest summit mounted—Thundercat ...


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