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  • Esperanza Spalding at J&R Music Fest - Listen Online

    August 25, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Esperanza Spalding at J&R Music Festival

    Bassist, composer, and singer Esperanza Spalding is starting her professional career on a fast upward trajectory. "With a bullet," as the record industry would say. She has plenty of star power, and she's parlayed her recent television appearances into a sideline attraction - putting new faces in the jazz crowd. Check out her set of music from the J&R Music Festival, and you'll see why. She's got skillz.
    Esperanza and the band - Leo Genovese on keys, Ricardo Vogt on guitar, Otis Brown III on drums - added serious panache to the day of free live music in City Hall Park.
    If you missed the show, listen to it now.
    -Josh

  • Roy Hargrove at J&R Music Fest - Listen Online

    August 25, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Roy Hargrove at J&R Music Festival

    Let it be said that trumpeter and flugelhorn player Roy Hargrove is still leading the style competition in jazz. Aside from his really fresh Adidas kicks (see above), Roy brought his highly functional quintet (saxophonist Justin Robinson, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Danton Boller, and drummer Montez Coleman) to close the Friday evening festivities in City Hall Park. Listen to this tightly executed set of music, most of it coming from Roy Hargrove's new release, Earfood. My favorite? The ballad "Never Let Me Go." I've heard Roy play this so many times, I'm beginning to think the song belongs to him alone.
    Check out the set.

    -Josh

  • SMV - Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten - Interview Feature with Eulis Cathey

    August 20, 2008. Posted by .

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    SMV

    SMV, the super group, featuring bassists Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten, recently launched a world tour that continues through the end of October. (They'll be in Huntington, Long island, at the IMAC Theatre on Friday, August 22nd, and in New York City at the Nokia Theatre on Saturday, August 23rd). The accomplishments of these three bass players are simply astounding, and I was able to catch up with them to talk about their new CD "Thunder", the "Thunder Tour," and how they feel about working and recording together. It's obvious that they're not only great musicians, but great friends as well, and there was a relaxed, good natured feeling about the interview. Check it out, and let's hear your thoughts and any musical remembrances you may have about Stanley, Marcus, and Victor... - Eulis Cathey