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  • 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

  • Studio Session - Singer Melody Gardot

    August 21, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Singer Melody Gardot

    Singer Melody Gardot visited the WBGO studio yesterday, and she brought her entire band with her. Melody's debut release, Worrisome Heart, has generated a lot of attention for both her personal story and her intimate, original songwriting. She intended to play three songs - "Worrisome Heart," "Goodnight," and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." But she fell in love with our Steinway piano, and added "Love Me Like a River Does." Check out the session. If you like what you hear, and you want the accompanying visuals, be advised that Melody Gardot is playing tonight at the Blender Theater at Gramercy on East 23rd Street in New York.
    -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