'He Died Fighting' by Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band / Track of the Day
Today’s pick is this powerful track by the acclaimed drummer-composer Brian Blade and his Fellowship Band, from their forthcoming album Landmarks (to be released late April on Blue Note Records).
In other news…
Tomorrow (March 1st) NextJazz.com will be releasing a brand new mixtape: NextJazz Mixtape #3 (March 2014 edition). Stay tuned - it’s going to be very special!
Can it be April yet?
Love the fellowship band!!
— Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic), Jamelle Bouie (The Daily Beast) and Gene Demby (NPR’s Code Switch) in a roundtable on the Michael Dunn trial, which has become a flashpoint for ongoing debates about race, criminal justice, and politics that it’s not capable of resolving (via nprmusic)
Why is there even a notion that the music could be a problem? “Thug” or not. The kids turned it down, which they definitely did not have to do, and then were attacked. What difference does it make that the music can be considered violent?
But yes - violent compared to what?. Miley’s self-objectification is just as violent. Most video games are. Movies, tv…
But you know what’s really violent? Someone shooting 9 bullets at kids listening to music.
I also saw this a while ago
The Critic has to educate the Public. The Artist has to educate the Critic.
It was credited to Oscar Wilde, but on the internet who knows?
Robert Glaspers (via theeastjazzhealingsociety)
I couldn’t agree more.
On the new recording with did a cover for a Bjork song. Which although is not a new thing - her music is pretty common in the realm of jazz covers - was definitely a big step for me.
It took me a very long time to personally accept the idea that not only do I like listening to other genres of music besides Jazz, but I can also play this “other” music and assimilate it into my own language and aesthetic.
I grew up listening to more traditional jazz, starting with Lester Young, and was taught bop through the Barry Harris concept, which is big in Israel. So even though I always listened (and inevitably it came out in my music) to more modern Jazz musicians, and “other” - mostly Black music, I always felt a type of contradiction, heresy even, playing that other stuff in a Jazz context. I always had this kind of separation - well, now i’m playing Jazz… now i’m not.
Not anymore though. Time to move forward and become relevant.
Let’s be part of our lives, of our culture, of our times.