With a view to the New Year (2018) I thought it would be a good idea to introduce you to the sort of new talent that is arriving on the scene plus a great recording from a Jazz historian giving his opinion on 20 albums to get satisfy your passions for Jazz...Ella Fitzgerald and Herbie Hancock kick off the show..
She doesn't seem from her picture that she's have a New Orleans deep south type of sound but she has. Described as a French-American jazz and blues singer-songwriter (whatever, non) she's had a busy 2016 appearing at the London Jazz festival via a live appearance on the Robert Elms show on BBC Radio London and releasing a new album "Secular Hymns' which got a very favourable review in the Sunday Times a few weeks back.
This standard 'Dance me to the end of Love' captures the uniqueness of her voice.
It wasn't appreciated by many that 20 quid tickets at here appearance at the Royal Festival Hall this year was a good idea..but she looks likely to sell out some bigger venues in the coming year
Cecile McLorin Salvant
Make you happy to be alive to listen to someone like this and realise that the greats of Jazz aren't ten feet under (with a nod to those who've been cremated too..people that is not the Turkey cooked for you this Xmas)
Here's a little of she's all about with a great sassy, cheeky and great tune for this time of the year 'I wish that I could shimmy like my sister Kate' It's not a song that totally give ground away to the named Kate as Kate 'shimmies like a jelly on a plate'
And now for something completely different as Monty Python used to say. Young, punchy energetic, funky but with a hat tip to that classic Soul/Funk cross over sound - it's great to hear this sort of sound taken on a given a licking.
There's something going on in Estonia that's not half bad if it's throwing out this sort of band. What I really love is that with some friends in animation and a good onsite video crew, so far they've managed some class visual output too to go with their single releases too - see "Tell me, Tell me' and the "Beef grinder' clips below - watch out for the Phil Collins lookalike cameo...
He's what the people in their corner are saying - makes my use of the English language seem pitiful!
'Lexsoul Dancemachine is a raw smoking hot funk beast'
'Raw street funk on one side, with sweet soul on the other—Lexsoul Dancemachine is a 6-man groove band known for tearing venues apart with their stage'
Mads Mathias Quartet
We heard this guy and his band in a free (corporate sponsored boo!) series of gigs in 2015 Mastercard's Friday evening sessions at the Festival Hall.
Mads writes a lot of his own material and being Danish he offers us an introspective of his music, influences and Danishness and musical mindset in this preview of his album Free Falling (there's a neat track after this on Youtube too called 'Fool for Love')
Mads is a previous winner of the 'Danish music awards best new Hass Artist of the Year' and if you want to skip to this clip of him singing at those awards then do that..it's the second clip below. All he needs now is the phone number of a stylist!
Seriously it's was a pleasure checking back in on Mads' music. I've added the third clip as there's often interesting banter at the bottom of musical clips on Youtube but from 100,000 plus have viewings of "It's Summer Again', only one of those 100,000 left a comment. A Danish regional bias of Youtube lovers? It's his own composition though and he finishes on a great note..
Another this group has seen...who says you need to know the words of songs?...I love the Gallic nature of this (she's actually Belgium) and it moves from it's moody start. Look forward to someone explaining what Padam Padam actually means..gutsy singing though and some great changes of pace in..
Yes I had realised that there's no British born artists in this - but how about this for the endless possibilities. Your encore* is Caro Emerald - who bucked the trend for Album sales rapidly becoming a thing of the past.
Yes really. Here's 'Doctor wanna Do' from that album and 'Excuse my French' from a subsequent one 'The Shocking Miss Emerald'.Very sassy, very swing, tight clever lyrics. Anyone got her phone number..chuckle