Aver & Move 78: Housecat / Live From The Village (Stream)

Fantastic union of talent here, as The Natural Curriculum’s Aver teams up with self-described Berlin-based dystopian jazz band, Move 78, for two new singles. The group features a trio of exceptional musicians, including Doron Segal, who recently released his own jazz album on Village Live. As well as more traditional jazz themes, the two pieces also embrace the more modern art of sampling, thanks to Aver’s love (and skill) for the discipline. You can stream the two singles below and digital downloads are available on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Aver & Move 78: Housecat / Live From The Village (Stream)”

Kamaal Williams: New Heights (Visions of Aisha Malik)

Delicious bit of jazz from Kamaal Williams here, as he returns with a new video – New Heights (Visions of Aisha Malik). The track is co-produced with Darkhouse Family, with Kamaal handling all the instrumentation. The heavily East Asian influenced video was made by Greg Barnes. New Heights is also available to stream and download from the usual platforms.

Doron Segal: The Addition Of Strangeness (Album Promo Mix)

The ever-reliable Village Live Records are just about to release their next album and this time it’s another healthy flex of their jazz muscles. The Addition Of Strangeness is the very accomplished debut from Israeli jazz pianist Doron Segal and arrives at the perfect time, as jazz continues through its recently revitalised renaissance period.
The album boasts a number of marvels and high-points, including a marvellous reworking of the Soundgarden classic, Black Hole Sun. As well as Doron’s own proficiency on the keys, he is also joined by Daniel Dor on drums and Tom Berkmann on bass. Pre-orders for The Addition Of Strangeness went live yesterday and the full release is scheduled for 8 February. You can hear a promo mix for the album below. Continue reading “Doron Segal: The Addition Of Strangeness (Album Promo Mix)”

Ezra Collective ft. Jorja Smith: Reason in Disguise

Beautiful union on the new single from rising jazz stars, Ezra Collective, as they enrol Jorja Smith to assist on Reason in Disguise. The two parties have had a connection for a while, as Femi from Ezra has been playing the role of Jorja’s drummer recently, including during her successful visit to the NPR offices. Reason in Disguise is available to stream/download now.

Kamasi Washington: Street Fighter Mas

A masterful return from Kamasi Washington and his latest sprawling album, Heaven and Earth. The double album is conceptual, with each disc dealing with themes of idealisation in Heaven and reality here on Earth. It’s definitely not an album for purists, but is fuelled by the essence of the genre, meaning it should satisfy at least some of the traditionalists out there. Street Fighter Mas is one track lifted from the Earth section of the album and last week we saw the arrival of a new video to accompany it. Heaven and Earth is available now from all the usual spots.