Friday, January 18, 2019

Full Show Friday: Magic Malik & Jazz Association 2018 @ Jazz sur Seine

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Magic Malik & Jazz Association!
It's Jazzy January again here at RtBE, so get ready to kick off 2018 with some different styled shows every Friday. For this series we skew into new (or more recent) jazz lands. Keeping it current proves there is amazing live jazz still being performed no matter what Ken Burns says.

This week we go back to last October for Magic Malik & Jazz Association. A French outfit who goes after the classics with original twists. Translated from their page:
A unique concert, organized especially for ARTE Concert? Flutist Magic Malik did it! It is within the framework of the Jazz on Seine festival that this eclectic artist introduces us his new project: the Jazz Association Quintet, a formation that celebrates the great figures of jazz, all times combined.
The show is Pro-Shot with Pro Sound. Enjoy:

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Album Review: Nathan Sanders - Legacy

Nathan Sanders
Legacy
** out of *****

Nathan Sanders newest release Legacy is a five track EP which moves with style and grace. The San Jose based artist has familial ties to the soul and R&B of the nineties (being the cousin's with Tony, Toni, Tone) but his songs presented here have no set time or place as his jazz tendencies leads the way.

Opening with "Steppin'" the artist lets the hi hat lead the way as the song slowly works up to speed. Simplistic piano drops enter and occasionally a deep horn blows but it isn't until the four minute mark when a huge bass enters that the track finds a mooring; the song begins to coalesce and then ends to soon.     

Following up is the more organic "This Life" again drums and simply piano set the tone, but the rolling drums move things along at a fair clip. "Town Struttin" feels more towards the smooth jazz side of things, but the random keyboard fills keep things edgy while the title track picks up the digital drum loops, hand claps and skittering percussion in a modern way.

Closing with the live track "Without You" the artist starts singing with a vocal which can rise to falsetto or drop deep. Unfortunately the recording has actual background chatter, and brutal mic feedback taking away from the performance. A passable bonus track for fans, but the amateurish recording is not something someone new to the artist needs to experience in this form.

Legacy is Sanders second digital release in December 2018, and there may be more on the way from the active artist.
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Album Review: Earthless - From The West (Live)

Earthless
From The West (Live)
**** out of *****

Earthless went big in 2018 releasing their first album with vocals, Black Heaven and this celebratory live album follow up, From The West. Unlike a lot of metal/stoner outfits who use studio precision to get their ideas across, Earthless have always been more akin to Jambands, doing their most exciting and raw work on the live stage. From The West is the bands third official live album (with many bootlegs and jams floating around) and it is an upgrade over Black Heaven (which did have much better cover art though) if for the blistering energy alone.

The ripping newest instrumental "Black Heaven" kicks things off with surging energy as the frantic riffs of Isaiah Mitchell combines perfectly with the rolling thunder low end of bassist Mike Eginton and drummer Mario Rubalcaba. The opener flows smoothly into "Electric Flame" and while the lyrics and singing of Mitchell are pushed more into the background, their Black Sabbath qualities are actually pushed more to the forefront, accentuating the playing rather then dominating it.

The squirrelly feedback wrapping up "Electric Flame" drips into the pounding grooves of "Gifted By The Wind" but it is the massive "Uluru Rock" which dominates this album. Pushing twenty minutes this behemoth is a heavy psychedelic journey, with both glimpses of darkness and beauty. It trudges along with Brontosaurus like stature and heft while Mitchell is just wailing away at the universe as the tempo slowly rises and rises before soaring to close; a mega jam.

The brief blasting "Volt Rush" makes a welcomed appearance opening ears, but fans will be salivating at the bands inclusion of their take on Led Zeppelin's (whose TMOQ bootleg the cover art/packaging is based on) "Communication Breakdown". While a fine, speedy cover the two album ending originals are even better.       

"Violence of the Red Sea" off of From The Ages, continues the Sabbath on speed style for nearly fifteen minutes as Mitchell reaffirms he is one of the fiercest guitarists going today while album closer "Acid Crusher" released as a standalone single in 2016 is a psych rock beast wrapping up a tremendous live collection of recent Earthless offerings. 

Recorded at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on March 1st, 2018 the trio were certainly in the groove. Like on their two other live albums, the stage is where Earthless are most comfortable and do their best work, any fan of adventurous excursions should give From The West a spin.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Album Review: Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Maggie Rogers debut full length Heard It In A Past Life.

Poppy dance laden tunes is not normally the forte of this site, but it is always great to check out new things, especially when those new things are as successful as Rogers debut album. While she rose to fame with the help of Pharrell who heard her song "Alaska" from the NYU grad (GO VIOLETS!!) and it propelled her to SNL of all places.

The two songs she played on the late night show are her two best on this album and I will post videos of those performances below. Even if you are not usually into this sort of music, Heard It In A Past Life is still a solid listen.
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The Masters: Miles Davis - Best Live Records

RtBE loves listening to new music and prides itself on keeping tabs on up and coming artists but in 2019 we are also going to have a monthly spotlight on legendary artists who we really love. We are calling this series The Masters. It will focus on the best albums, live records, transcendent shows and other odd ways we appreciate the artists and their contribution to music, culture and our formation.

For January The Masters focuses on Jazz great Miles Davis.

Live music is the best thing out there. Being caught in the moment is religion. Palpable vibes of healing and energy are transmitted and shit...gets...real. For this month's focus, Miles Davis, live performance was a state of living and he did it in a slew of ways over his career. Davis live records span 40+ years and are still being released as legacy albums. There is so much to uncover with him we will surely miss something with our list below, but let's get to it. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Album Review: Rosie Turton - Rosie's 5ive EP

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is the first solo release from trombonist/composer Rosie Turton titled Rosie's 5ive. The release is yet another in the excellent 5ive series from Jazz re:freshed.

While the center piece "Stolen Ribs" wasn't our favorite the rest of the tracks, including the groups re-working of Herbie Hancock's "Butterfly" are all really solid. Rosie's 5ive is a damn fine EP and one fans of new school or old cool jazz will get a kick of.
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2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Lineup

The lineup for the 50th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has been announced. It is a doozy.

The lineup can be seen in the video below as well, and it is DEEP.  We got a few right and a few wrong, but there is no denying this is going to be a hell of a show.


Some early highlights that jump out are Jerry Lee Lewis, John Fogerty, Little Freddie King and of course all the fantastic local acts. The festival can not come soon enough...let's get in the mood with a few live clips from acts playing the fest: