Bill Laurance & The Untold Orchestra Cables Rewired EP Flint Music Limited Composer Bill Laurence – a member of the sprawling modern jazz-rock ensemble Snarky Puppy has, in recent years, really extended out as composer (and player) in his own right.
Bill Laurance Trio Live at Ronnie Scott’s Flint Music Bill Laurance’s rightful musical title might be Keyboard Wizard. A founder of the indie jazz-rock ensemble Snarky Puppy, he’s responsible for dizzying runs, weird and brilliant use of electronics and beneath all of that, the sensitivity and musicality of a pianist – so all the bells […]
Something clever happened here – Snarky Puppy sold a version of jazz to an audience of hipster-indie fans and boofheads (and some genuine jazzers too I guess…) and I wanted to know a bit more about that, having only heard some of their recordings and having missed their previous visits to the country. It blows me away they can sell so […]
Ghost-Note Swagism ROPEADOPE If Kamasi Washington is exploring the Albert Ayler/Coltrane connections in a modern landscape then Ghost-Note is doing something similar with templates created by Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock…which is to say on Swagism they hint at the late-80s/early-90s hip-hop influenced and inflected funk and R’n’B jams of those masters whilst also adhering to the types of grooves Hancock and Jones […]
The Fearless Flyers The Fearless Flyers (ep) Vulf Records An off-shoot of Vulfpeck, The Fearless Flyers features guitarist Cory Wong and bassist Joe Dart along with friends of that band and collaborators Nate Smith (master session drummer) and Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy). The onus is on fun on this brief, fast and funky workout of an EP where “The Fearless Flyers” tear […]
Following the earlier announcement of headliners, The Wayne Shorter Quartet, the Wellington Jazz Festival’s full line-up for 2016 has now been revealed. Further headliners include vocalist Karrin Allyson with the Tom Warrington Trio and NZSM Big Band, the father of Ethiopian jazz – Mulatu Astatke with Black Jesus Experience, the dynamic Snarky Puppy and one […]