• Leny Andrade on Afternoon Jazz: Listen Now

    October 14, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Leny Andrade's full, rich voice has been entrancing fans around the world for over fifty years. The legendary Brazilian singer spoke with Afternoon Jazz's Michael Bourne here at WBGO about her new record with guitarist Roni Ben-Hur, Alegria De Vivre.


  • Shemekia Copeland Talks New Album on Blues Hour: Listen Now

    October 14, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Shemekia Copeland is one of the rising forces in modern blues. Daughter of Texas blues legend Johnny Copeland, she's established herself as an undeniable presence in the music scene. Copeland stopped by WBGO to speak with Blues Hour host Michael Bourne about her new record, Outskirts Of Love.


  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Tiny Desk Concert

    October 9, 2015

    Tiny Desk Concert with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. (Image Credit: Julia Reihs/NPR)

    Artists don't usually tell long, rambling stories at the Tiny Desk, and if they do, those stories don't usually make the final cut. But this one felt different. It was about the time Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, a young black man, says he was stopped by New Orleans police late at night for no reason other than to harass and intimidate him. And how his pride almost made him do something ill-advised about it. And how he finally channeled that pent-up frustration into a piece of music whose long-form title is "Ku Klux Police Department."

    "K.K.P.D." was the emotional peak of the septet's performance, though it wasn't a new tune. That's notable, because Scott stopped by the Tiny Desk on the very day his new album came out. It was played by something of a new band, though: Flutist Elena Pinderhughes, saxophonist Braxton Cook and guitarist Dominic Minix are new, younger additions to the group. It had new textures, too: Drummer Corey Fonville (another new member) used a djembe as a bass drum, and also brought a MIDI pad so he could emulate the sound of a drum machine. The effect was something like an evocation of African roots, juxtaposed with a trap beat.

    The first two numbers were, in fact, from Scott's new album Stretch Music. That's his name for the particular type of jazz fusion he's up to: something more seamless than a simple collision of genre signifiers; something whose DNA is already hybridized and freely admits sonic elements which potentially "stretch" jazz's purported boundaries. (You may note that he showed up in a Joy Division sleeveless T-shirt and gold chain.) It's sleek and clearly modern, awash in guitar riffs, but also bold and emotionally naked. Scott is particularly good at getting you to feel the energy he sends pulsing through his horn, and he never shies away from going all-in on a solo. The least we could offer was to let him explain himself in doing so.

    Stretch Music is available now. (iTunes) (Amazon)

    Set List

    • "TWIN"
    • "West Of The West"
    • "K.K.P.D."


    Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, trumpet; Elena Pinderhughes, flute; Braxton Cook, alto saxophone; Lawrence Fields, piano; Dominic Minix, guitar; Kris Funn, bass; Corey Fonville, percussion


    Producers: Patrick Jarenwattananon, Morgan Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographer: Morgan Walker, Nick Michael, Cameron Robert; Production Assistant: Julia Reihs; photo by Julia Reihs

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