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Fusion Band Soul Café Returns with New Album “Step Aside” on Oct. 15th, 2021 | WATCH NEW VIDEO!


 
ST. LOUIS-BASED FUSION BAND SOUL CAFÉ RETURNS WITH A STUNNING BLEND OF PROGRESSIVE JAZZ, ROUSING FUNK, DRIVING HORNS AND LATIN-INSPIRED RHYTHMS ON FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 18 YEARS
 
Step Aside, due out October 15, 2021 on Autumn Hill Records,
finds guitarist/founder Ed Starrett and his six-piece band
in celebratory spirits following his battle with leukemia
 
For Immediate Release – Led by guitarist/composer Ed “Mr. Ed” Starrett, the vibrant fusion ensemble known as Soul Café has been thrilling audiences in the St. Louis area for more than 20 years with their blend of complex jazz and funk, Latin accents and driving grooves.

Drummer Makaya McCraven to Release New Remix Album “Deciphering The Message” on Nov. 19th, 2021 | LISTEN to 2 New Single’s!


 
DRUMMER, PRODUCER & BEAT SCIENTIST MAKAYA McCRAVEN
PUTS A MODERN BOUNCE ON BLUE NOTE CLASSICS BY ART BLAKEY, HORACE SILVER & MORE
ON HIS NEW REMIX ALBUM DECIPHERING THE MESSAGE OUT NOV. 19
 
With his new remix album, Deciphering The Message, the Chicago-based drummer, producer, and beat scientist Makaya McCraven digs through the vaults of the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records to put a modern bounce on classics by Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Kenny Burrell, and Eddie Gale, among others.

Soulganic to Release New Album “Wax Progressive: Equilibria Vol. 2.” on Sept. 3rd, 2021


 
SOULGANIC ANNOUNCES ALBUM,
WAX PROGRESSIVE: EQUILIBRIA VOL. 2,
SET FOR SEPTEMBER 3 RELEASE
 
Wax Progressive: Equilibria Vol. 2, set for September 3 release, is the result of an ongoing musical conversation between kindred spirits, expressed through ideas rooted in nearly every branch of African American and Afro-Caribbean music: from soul to rock to jazz to funk to Latin to blues…and beyond.

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett to Release New Album “Sounds From The Ancestors” on Aug. 27th, 2021 | LISTEN!


 
Kenny Garrett Recalls the Sounds of
West African Music and its Role in Jazz,
Gospel, Motown, Hip-Hop and More
 
Kenny Garrett’s latest release, Sounds from the Ancestors, is a multi-faceted album. The music, however, doesn’t lodge inside the tight confines of the jazz idiom, which is not surprising considering the alto saxophonist and composer acknowledges the likes of Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye as significant touchstones.

Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw Releases New Music Video for Single “Euphoria” | WATCH!


 
Jeff Bradshaw showcases the video Euphoria from his NAACP Image Award Nominated for Outstanding Jazz Album, “Stronger”
 
Jeff Bradshaw has elevated the trombone to several heights, whether in an R&B or hip-hop groove or crafting jazz passages since his groundbreaking debut for Hidden Beach in 2003 entitled Bone Deep. He also knows how to convey thoughtful instrumental contemplations of times when serious health challenges kept this musician on the sideline for a long season.

Saxophonist Dave McMurray to Release New Album “Grateful Deadication” on July 16th, 2021 | WATCH NEW VIDEO!


 
DAVE McMURRAY ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM GRATEFUL DEADICATION
 
OUT JULY 16 ON BLUE NOTE FEATURING THE SAXOPHONIST’S
NEW TAKES ON THE GRATEFUL DEAD SONGBOOK
 
Saxophonist Dave McMurray has announced a July 16 release date for Grateful Deadication, his sophomore release for Blue Note Records.

African-Jazz Saxophonist Isaiah Katumwa to Release New Album “Dance Again” on July 9th, 2021 | LISTEN!


 
African-jazz saxophonist Isaiah Katumwa is ready to “Dance Again”
 
The joyous album featuring collaborations with contemporary jazz hitmakers Darren Rahn, Adam Hawley and Dave Koz drops July 9; the title track goes for playlist adds on Monday.
 
MINNEAPOLIS (13 May 2021): As COVID-19 raged last summer and tension soared in the wake of the civil unrest that erupted after the death of George Floyd that occurred miles from his home, saxophonist Isaiah Katumwa was at work on his first major US release that he envisioned lifting spirits by uniting the world in dance.

Acoustic Sounds Celebrates Impulse! Records 60th Anniversary With Definitive Pressings Of Some Of The Label’s Best-Known Jazz Albums


 
Verve/UMe’s Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series Acoustic Sounds Celebrates Impulse! Records 60th Anniversary With Definitive Pressings Of Some Of The Label’s Best-Known Jazz Albums
 
IMPULSE 60 SERIES LAUNCHES MAY 14 WITH RAY CHARLES’ GENIUS + SOUL = JAZZ AND GIL EVANS ORCHESTRA’S OUT OF THE COOL AND WILL INCLUDE CLASSIC RECORDS FROM COLEMAN HAWKINS, CHARLES MINGUS, DUKE ELLINGTON, JOHN COLTRANE, OLIVER NELSON, ROY HAYNES AND SONNY ROLLINS
 
LOS ANGELES, April 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Verve/UMe’s acclaimed audiophile-grade all-analog vinyl reissue series Acoustic Sounds will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Impulse! Records and its incomparable and influential catalog this year with a series of high-end vinyl releases of some of the orange-and-black label’s most essential titles.

Music Group Butcher Brown to Release New EP “ENCORE” on June 4th, 2021 | LISTEN to New Single “Truck Fump”!


 
BUTCHER BROWN
ANNOUNCE NEW FIVE-TRACK EP, ENCORE,
SET FOR RELEASE ON JUNE 4, 2021
 
FOLLOW-UP TO THEIR CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED MAJOR LABEL DEBUT #KINGBUTCH OUT NOW ON CONCORD JAZZ
 
Butcher Brown, celebrated for their explosive live performances opening for such acts as Kamasi Washington, Galactic, Turkuaz and Lettuce, announce the June 4, 2021 release of their aptly titled new EP, ENCORE, on Concord Jazz.

Reel to Reel Recordings to Release Drummer Roy Brooks Album “Understanding” on 3-LP (July 17th, 2021) and Two-CD (July 23rd, 2021)


 
SUPERCHARGED 1970 ALL-STAR LIVE DATE BY DRUMMER ROY BROOKS, UNDERSTANDING, ARRIVES IN JULY FROM REEL TO REAL RECORDINGS
 
Understanding, a blazing 1970 concert recording featuring the Detroit-born master percussionist Roy Brooks leading a gifted quintet through its spirited paces at Baltimore’s Famous Ballroom, will be released by Reel to Real Recordings in June.