SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: NOVO PIANO (Jazz Vibrations)SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: NOVO PIANO (Jazz Vibrations)

Published On 11 January 2014 | By DJ Blast | JAZZ

SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: NOVO PIANO (Jazz Vibrations)

We are ready to release our 6th jazz selection…and in this case the keyword is class!!

Ladies and gentleman allow me to introduce NOVO PIANO.

The first track of this selection is by Snarky Puppy! Well, if this name is not familiar, let us show you a short intro! Snarky Puppy is an eclectic and experimental jazz ensemble born by an idea of Michael League,the leader of the band. Bassist,arranger,producer,composer,guitarist, Michael League is a busy artist,involved in many projects and collaborations with several artists: Kirk Franklin,Musiq,Roy Hargrove,Gordon Chambers and Robert Glasper.In 2010 Snarky Puppy released their debut project called Tell Your Friend and in 2013 they dropped the fantastic album entitled Family Dinner Vol. 1 . The project consists of a live recording session with the collabo of important artists: N’Dambi and Lalah Hathaway to name a few. We choose the shimmering and stunning track called Something with neo-soul songstress Lalah Hathaway. Enjoy yourself!!

The next artist is another newbie on scratchtheblock.com but she is certainly a noteworthy singer. We are talking about Ruth Koleva, a bulgarian young and talented songstress, that is achieving resounding success in particular in Europe. We are impressed by the interesting melting-pot of jazz and neo-soul sounds as well as  her sultry voice.In 2012 Ruth Koleva released her EP called Future Sweet, from which we choose the seductive Slow Fire.

Canadian jazz singer and pianist, Diana Krall  released in 2004 her marvelous album The Girl In The Other Room. We are fascinated by the slow piano and peaceful smooth voice from the track called Almost Blue. Diana resumed a classic written and composed by Elvis Costello ( her husband) in 1982.

After many collaborations with artists like: Jeff Bradshaw,Anthony Hamilton,Q-Tip,Maxwell,Gretchen Parlato,Bilal and two acclaimed albums with Robert Glasper Experiment, bassist Derrick Hodge released on August 2013 his solo project called Live Today, launched by the sumptuous lead single featuring Common Sense.

Another new entry: Chante Cann. Working on her debut album called Journey To Golden scheduled for 2013 but postponed for another date, this interesting and unadulterated artist born in Chicago moved her early steps into the music industry as background vocalist for the likes of neo-soul singers India Arie and PJ Morton , collaborating also with super producers like Zo! and renowned group like The Foreign Exchange. We want to recommend you the excellent single entitled Da Da’n Da with the collaboration of Snarky Puppy.

The next track is an astonishing collaboration between underground hip hop emcee, Mos Def and Charlie Hunter Quartet. Rhode Island native Charlie Hunter is a guitarist that worked also for the likes of neo-soul singer D’Angelo,during the record session of Vodoo album. We choose the track called Creole from Charlie Hunter Quartet fourth album, Songs From The Analog Playground released in 2001 under Blue Note Records.

If you listened to The Jazz Café or The Remix Session Vol. 2 , surely the name of U.K underground group Break Reform will not be unfamiliar. So we wanna recommend you another track by Nanar Vorperian & co. entitled Perfect Season dropped in 2002. Props to this wonderful alternative group.

In 2003 , Alison Crockett released her album On Becoming A Woman, from which we choose a gem ,that we put on jazz selection In A Jazz Mood. We got on hands another track from her debut album,You Know What Happens. This is a really cool smooth jazz for you palate!

Brighton producer,arranger,songwriter and DJ, Alex Cowan aka TM Juke is the man behind many projects performed by Alice Russell. Juke produced Alice full-lenght in 2005,My Favourite Letters under Tru Thoughts label and collaborated with her on Under The Munka Moon from which we choose Hurry On Now, that reflects the impressive TM Juke production style, a kaleidoscope of genres: jazz,broken beat and downtempo…. This is an extra-smooth gem for you ears. Def, MUST HAVE!

The last track of this jazz selection is performed by french soul-jazz singer Adjoci. In 2012 she released her EP called Quasar , a thoughtful  combination of jazz,soul and experimental electronic vibes. We recommend the single called Purple Cloud. What’s your impression?

SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: NOVO PIANO (Jazz Vibrations)

Siamo pronti per il lancio della nostra 6^ jazz selection…parola chiave : CLASSE!!

Ladies and gentleman ecco a voi: NOVO PIANO.

Il primo pezzo della selezione e’ di Snarky Puppy! Bene , se questo nome vi e’ poco familiare, provvediamo subito a fornirvi una breve intro! Snarky Puppy e’ un eclettico e sperimentale collettivo di musicisti jazz , nato dall’idea di Michael League, leader della band. Bassista,arranger,producer,compositore,chitarrista, Michael League e’ un’artista senza dubbio molto impegnato, coinvolto in svariati progetti e collaborazioni con numerosi artisti: Kirk Franklin,Musiq,Roy Hargrove,Gordon Chambers e Robert Glasper.Nel 2010 Snarky Puppy pubblica il debut project intitolato Tell Your Friend e nel 2013 rilascia il fantastico album Family Dinner Vol. 1 . L’album consiste in una live recording session di svariati pezzi, con la collaborazione di alcuni artisti tra cui: N’Dambi e Lalah Hathaway per citarne alcuni. Noi abbiamo optato per il pezzo intitolato Something con la calda voce di Lalah Hathaway. Enjoy yourself!!

Il prossimo artista e’ una new entry qui su scratchtheblock.com ma e’ fuori dubbio che merita la nostra e la vostra attenzione. Stiamo parlando di Ruth Koleva, giovane e talentuosa cantante bulgara, che lentamente inizia a farsi notare anche fuori i confini nazionali. La miscela di sonorita’ nu-soul e jazz, unita ad una voce seducente conferiscono alla sua musica un valore aggiunto notevole. Nel 2012 Ruth Koleva pubblica l’EP intitolato Future Sweet, dal quale abbiamo estratto Slow Fire.

La cantante e pianista jazz canadese, Diana Krall  pubblica nel 2004 il meraviglioso album The Girl In The Other Room. Affascinati ed estasiati dall’intimo connubio tra piano e la voce smooth di Diana che trasmette un senso di pace, vogliamo consigliarvi Almost Blue. Per l’occasione Diana riesuma un classico scritto e composto da Elvis Costello (suo marito).

Dopo numerosissime collaborazioni con artisti del calibro di: Jeff Bradshaw,Anthony Hamilton,Q-Tip,Maxwell,Gretchen Parlato,Bilal e due acclamatissimi album con i Robert Glasper Experiment, il bassista Derrick Hodge pubblica nell’Agosto del 2013, Live Today, lanciato dal sontuoso singolo Common Sense.

Vi presentiamo un’altra new entry: Chante Cann. Quest’artista dal talento genuino nata  a Chicago , muove i suoi primi passi nella music industry, come corista per India Arie e PJ Morton, collaborando inoltre con il producer Zo! e i Foreign Exchange.Il suo debut album previsto per il 2013 ma posticipato, si intitola Journey To Golden, che includera’ l’eccellente singolo Da Da’n Da con Snarky Puppy.

Siete pronti per un’insolita,sorprendente collaborazione tra uno dei piu’ autorevoli emcee della scena hip hop underground,Mos Def e Charlie Hunter Quartet?  Il leader e’ Charlie Hunter, chitarrista nativo di Rhode Island che ha lavorato anche con  D’Angelo, durante la record session in occasione dell’incisione dell’album Vodoo. Abbiamo scelto per voi, l’impeccabile Creole, estratta da Songs From The Analog Playground del 2001 con la Blue Note Records.

Se avete ascoltato The Jazz Café o The Remix Session Vol. 2 , sicuramente il nome del gruppo underground di U.K Break Reform vi risultera’ familiare.  Vi raccomandiamo una traccia di Nanar Vorperian & co. intitolata Perfect Season  del 2002.

Nel 2003, Alison Crockett pubblica l’album On Becoming A Woman, dal quale abbiamo estratto un gioiellino ,incluso nella nostra selezione In A Jazz Mood.  Cosa ne pensate del singolo You Know What Happens?  Roba per palati fini gente

Viene da Brighton, si chiama Alex Cowan meglio noto come TM Juke ed e’ un producer,songwriter e DJ. La sua firma sta dietro numerosi pezzi di Alice Russell, producendo di fatto l’album del 2005 My Favourite Letters con la label Tru Thoughts e alcuni pezzi estratti da Under The Munka Moon, tra cui Hurry On Now. Il pezzo riflette lo stile di TM, un caleidoscopio di generi che vanno dal jazz,broken beat e downtempo.. Questo e’ un’altro gioiello extra-smooth per  le vostre orecchie! MUST HAVE!

L’ultimo pezzo della selezione e’ di una performer che viene dalla Francia: Adjoci. Nel  2012 pubblica l’EP Quasar , una miscela ponderata di sonorita’ jazz, soul e vibrazioni elettroniche sperimentali. Godetevi il pezzo Purple Cloud. Cosa ne pensate?

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