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The Jazz Charts: End of April

As we barrel towards summer, don’t let the heat get to your head, hepcats. Stay cool and enjoy what’s swinging high this week in KZSC’s Jazz Department.

TOP TEN CHARTS:

1    ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ    The Invasion Parade    Mack Avenue
2    LISA HILTON    Kaleidoscope    Self-Released
3    KRIS BOWERS    Heroes + Misfits    Concord Jazz
4    BAD PLUS    The Rite Of Spring    Sony Masterworks
5    IAN CAREY AND BEN STOLOROW    Duocracy    Kabocha
6    BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA    Mehliana: Taming The Dragon    Nonesuch
7    JANICE BORLA GROUP    Promises To Burn
8    RUDY ROYSTON    303    Greenleaf
9    ULYSSES OWENS    Onward And Upward    D-Clef
10    AMY CERVINI    Jazz Country    Anzic

ADDS THIS WEEK:

brianblade_thefellowshipband_landmarks1    BRIAN BLADE AND THE FELLOWSHIP BAND    Landmarks    Blue Note
2    MO’FONE    Fonology    Evander
3    JESSICA WILLIAMS    With Love    Origin
4    LENNY MARCUS TRIO    Second Set    Self-Released
5    REGINALD CYNTJE    Elements Of Life    Self-Released

Brian Blade and his fellowship of virtuosos returns with the Brian Blade Fellowship Band’s fourth studio album to date, entitled Landmarks. It’s a pensive, dramatic collection of tasteful compositions – from spatial, spiritual ballads to furious out-bop concourses – with Blade’s dynamic  drum-work that will blast you into aural outer-space. Featuring an instrumentation rarely heard in this capacity, get ready for some Eric Dolphy-esque rips on the bass clarinet and soprano saxophone – courtesy of Myron Walden and Melvin Butler. If I’m not convincing enough, check it out yourself in stores or hear it extensively on Stirrin’ the Soup, Wednesdays 2-4pm. Until then, here’s the Brian Blade Fellowship laying it down at New York’s Village Vanguard last year. This guy sure loves to play.

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New RPM Music For April’s End

The spinning doesn’t stop in April…here’s a hot list of new electronic dance music playing on KZSC:

1. CONRAD CLIFTON – Picture In Picture / Self-Released
2. TENSNAKE – Glow / Astralwerks
3. PANTHER GOD – Golden Changes / Outside
4. EVIAN CHRIST – Waterfall [EP] / Tri Angle
5. SUPER DUPER – Diamonds & Doubt – EP / Apothecary
6. DISCLOSURE – Settle / Cherrytree-Interscope
7. RYAN HEMSWORTH – Guilt Trips / Last Gang
8. SAINT TIIMBRE – Power / Little Friend
9. MACHINEDRUM – Fenris District [EP] / Ninja Tune
10. KI:THEORY – Kitty Hawk Deluxe / Kringer

Other news: great beats & textures on Super Duper’s new EP “Diamonds & Doubt”; Illum Sphere’s new release “Spectre Vex” features remixes from the album “Ghosts of Then and Now” and Dillion Francis headlines UCSC’s first Edge Of Eden Outdoor Festival Saturday, May 10th.

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Bay Area Black Metal Band Cormorant Streaming New Album “Earth Diver”

Cormorant, a little known but massively talented quartet from the Bay Area, have just released their newest album “Earth Diver”, and Metal Sucks has an exclusive full album stream of the incredible record!

In case you’ve never heard of Cormorant, here’s how they describe themselves via their Bandcamp page:

 

“Cormorant play a unique form of progressive black metal, rooted in folk music and 70s hard rock. They have released an EP “The Last Tree” and a full-length “Metazoa.” In late 2011, they unleashed their second full-length album “Dwellings,” which promised a darker, more nuanced sound. The band is a 100% self-funded labor of love.”

I personally saw them open for jazz-metal band Shining (who are awesome in their own right) last year in San Francisco, and I was simply blown away. These guys kick some serious ass.

If you feel the need to support this band (which you totally should), you can buy their album and merch on their Bandcamp page, or simply “like” their Facebook page.

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Family Photo takes Indie Rock to New Musical Heights on Debut Album

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The band in question

Taking sounds from the furthest reaches of indie rock, jazz, electronic music, and everything in between, Family Photo’s debut full-length, All We Ever Do, is a tour de force of artistic ingenuity, with no shortage of tunefulness and catchy grooves. Calling to mind the technicality of Dirty Projectors and Maps & Atlases, the Ohio/Boston/Salem-by-way-of-Sacramento group is poised to take the indie world by storm with their complex, interweaving melodies and stellar harmonies. From the joyous bounce and melancholy strings of “Eureka” to the hushed electronics and eerie whistling of “Faceyear”, this album will satisfy all your musical needs. Sit somewhere comfortable, apply directly to your ears, and let the music take you somewhere magical.

Check them out on bandcamp!

Watch the video for “Eureka” below:

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The Jazz Charts: 3rd Week of April

CHARTS:

1 LISA HILTON Kaleidoscope Self-Released
2 AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Blue Note
3 BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA Mehliana: Taming The Dragon Nonesuch
4 CATHERINE RUSSELL Bring It Back Jazz Village
5 BOSSA ZUZU Under Leaves Under Sky
6 NIR FELDER Golden Age OKeh
7 MONTY ALEXANDER Harlem Kingston Express Volume 2 Motema
8 PETE MILLS Sweet Shadow Cellar Live
9 RUDY ROYSTON 303 Greenleaf
10 SHAWN MAXWELL’S ALLIANCE Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance Chicago Sessions

ADDS:

1 DAVID HAZELTINE For All We Know Smoke Sessions
2 JERRY TACHOIR GROUP Stories Avita
3 NELS CLINE SINGERS Macroscope Mack Avenue
4 MARK BUSELLI Untold Stories oa2
5 VERVE JAZZ ENSEMBLE East End Sojourn

BOSSA ZUZU
We had the pleasure of interviewing Dan Reckard from neo-Brazilian jazz group BOSSA ZUZU last week. After their fantastic show at Kuumbwa Jazz last wednesday, they are continuing their tour down sunny California promoting their new CD, Under Leaves Under Sky. Check out the group’s website below,  give them a listen and catch them live if you can!

http://www.bossazuzu.com/

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Loud Rock Charts 4/15

Whats good KZSC metal community? Hope you are all doing splendidly. Here are the charts and adds for this week. So many strong albums!

ADDS
1    GAMMA RAY    Empire Of The Undead    Eagle Rock
2    TRIPTYKON    Melana Chasmata    Century Media
3    CROWBAR    “Walk With Knowledge Wisely” [Single]    eOne
4    BRAINSTORM    Firesoul    AFM
5    BIRDS OF SATAN    The Birds Of Satan    Shanabelle

CHARTS
1    ANIMALS AS LEADERS    The Joy Of Motion    Sumerian
2    ASSASSINS    War Of Aggression    Entertainment One
3    PILGRIM    II: Void Worship    Metal Blade
4    HAMMERCULT    Steelcrusher    SPV
5    SOCKS    The Socks    Small Stone
6    COMEBACK KID    Die Knowing    Victory
7    FLOTSAM AND JETSAM    No Place For Disgrace – 2014    Metal Blade
8    BLACK LABEL SOCIETY    Catacombs Of The Black Vatican    eOne
9    MOUNT SALEM    Endless    Metal Blade
10    STEEL PANTHER    All You Can Eat    Kobalt-Open E