First visual offering from upcoming longplayer Black Radio which drops Feb 28th. Been waiting in anticipation for any new material since being blown away at his London Jazz Festival shows in November last year. ‘Afro Blue’ dropped earlier in the week and that was a jam. Though I feel this follow up single is even stronger. Trademark chops, laid back drums and rolling bass providing a beautiful undertone for the silky vocal talents of Mr Soulchild and Chrisette. A nice text driven video over beautifully hazy lights to match.

Covering the Mongo Santamaría classic ‘Afro Blue’ (made famous by John Coltrane), Robert Glasper enlists Erykah Badu and together they’ve crated a beauitfully soulful contemporary Jazz number. Naturally Badu’s multi-textured vocals suit perfectly. The song comes off Glasper’s forthcoming album Black Radio, which will also feature collaborations from Bilal, KING, Shafiq Husayn, Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def and others – due out in February.

Original badman, Sir Paul, sweetly swags his sh*t out on this smooth title-track from the man’s first upcoming solo album in five years. My Valentine is due next Feburary and slated to also feature Diana Krall and Stevie Wonder.

Wholly active 69 year old McCartney sounding wonderful as ever on this morose but softly jazzy number, ideal for those who like a spot gin in their camomile and a side-order of medicinal piff. It’s just one of those voices that will always transport you back to childhood if you were played old Beatles records (not so much Wings records) in ya ole man’s Nissan growing up. Made all the more heady with celestial guitar prophet Clapton’s twinkly strums all over this. Real OGs never die, they just collaborate.

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The latest Toronto export, jazz group, BBNG give us 6 minutes of orginal instrumentation. Off key ivories embedded in deep grooves and sunken double bass, that stays uptight as ever. The mood is sombre for this one, but trust me your aural senses will be kicking off.

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José James just unleashed a 3 track EP of live recordings from his concert at the Triple Door in Seattle. Live renditions of ‘Code’, ‘It’s All Over Your Body’ and his most recent single ‘Trouble’ are included – relax into this one.

For Completion of Proof, the Curtis Brothers have enlisted a powerhouse crew of musicians including drummer Ralph Peterson, Jr., Brian Lynch on trumpet, and their Artist Collective mentor, Jimmy Greene on saxophones.

The group also includes alto saxophonist, “Big Chief” Donald Harrison. Percussionists Rogerio Boccato, Pedro Martinez, and Reinaldo De Jesus help bring further folkloric Pan African flavor to the date. Throughout this recording there is a strong drum feel, which is echoed in Russ Musto’s authoritative liner notes suggesting an Art Blakey Jazz Messengers atmosphere. The original music of Completion of Proof speaks in clear, unified tones; each track is carefully plotted out thematically, and delivered with the kind of high artistry one would expect from this impressive cast of musicians. A brave man who literally took on the Chinese army alone inspired the brisk opener ‘Protestor’. The clarion call urgency of the horn-rich theme statement is bold and declarative. They follow that with a song for their niece ‘Madison’. ‘The Wrath’, ‘Mass Manipulatio’, and ‘Manifest Destiny’ comprise a Manifest Destiny suite. These are carefully programmed and plotted selections that continue to bear fruit and further reveal themselves with each listen. Shouts to Elements Of Jazz.

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