• www.thewickedsound.com THE BEST OF LIVE ALBUMS 2020
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    The year 2020 is coming to the end, it was tough and difficult in any sense, but as always music comes to the rescue. Live concerts were of the things which I missed the most this year. Thankfully we had a few great live music albums released in 2020. Here is the selection of The Wicked Sound favorite live albums of 2020. 1. Ryan Porter “Live in Paris at New Morning“ (World Galaxy)   Ryan Porter “Live in Paris at New Morning“ was recorded with West Coast Get Down Crew on 17th October 2019 at Paris’ historic jazz club New Morning. Live set featured material from his last two full-length albums, "The…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Josh Johnson Nerf Day
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    Josh Johnson unveils his new single promoting his debut LP Freedom Exercise

    Josh Johnson unveils his new singles “Western Ave” and “Nerf Day”,  promoting his debut LP “Freedom Exercise” on Northern Spy Records. Josh is a saxophonist, keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He has performed extensively with the likes of Jeff Parker, Makaya McCraven, Kiefer, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Marquis Hill, and Leon Bridges.  Johnson can be heard on such amazing records Makaya McCraven “Universal Beings” and “Universal Beings E&F Sides”, Chicago Underground Quartet “Good Days”, Jeff Parker “Suite for Max Brown” and “The New Breed”, Joshua Crumbly “Rise”, Jeremy Cunningham “The Weather Up There”, Marquis Hill “Love Tape” and “Modern Flows Vol 2”, Nate Mercerau “Joy Techniques” and Mark de Clive-Lowe “Heritage” and “Heritage…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Nubya Garcia NPR Tiny Desk
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    Nubya Garcia with her band performed at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (at Home) Concert series

    Nubya Garcia with her band performed at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (at Home) Concert series. Nubya performed songs from her new album, "Source", for the latest installment of NPR’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” series. With her band, the saxophonist performed "Source", "Pace", and "Boundless Beings" on the vast, swaying boat that houses Soup Studios. Watch it happen below. Watch below a video of Nubya Garcia performs her new compositions for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series: “Source” was produced by Garcia and renowned producer Kwes (Nérija, Bobby Womack, Solange), and features Garcia’s hard-touring band of keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones, bassist Daniel Casimir and drummer Sam Jones.  LP feautures guest appearances…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Kokoroko BBC Proms
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    Kokoroko deliver an exceptional show at the BBC Proms

    London Afrobeat eight-piece group Kokoroko led by trumpet player Sheila Maurice-Grey delivers an exceptional show to the Royal Albert Hall stage for their BBC Proms debut broadcast, live-streamed on BBC Radio 3 and BBC iPlayer.   From our Blog: KOKOROKO came back with “Carry Me Home” and also From our Blog: Nubya Garcia announces her debut album “Source” with two powerful new singles “Pace” and “Source” including KOKOROKO horn players Cassie Kinoshi (alto sax), Richie Seivwright (trombone), and Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet)   Watch below a video to Kokoroko performing the song “Carry Me Home” at BBC Proms: The band’s name is an Orobo – a Nigerian tribe and language –…

  • Shabaka Hutchings shares his “Composition In Memory Of Victims Of Hiroshima”.
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    Shabaka Hutchings shares his “Composition In Memory Of Victims Of Hiroshima”.

    Shabaka Hutchings shares his “Composition In Memory Of Victims Of Hiroshima”, performed live with Alabaster dePlume on sax, Betamax on drums and Neil Charles on double bass. The 6th of August 2020 marks 75 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, killing an estimated 135,000 people. Stop the War commemorate the occasion with a special performance from jazz revolutionary Shabaka Hutchings. Hutchings, a Mercury Prize-nominated saxophonist and bandleader is one of the leading figures in the current flowering of the UK jazz scene. He is an integral part of three unique and groundbreaking bands (Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming and Shabaka & The Ancestors), each of whom have…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Tom Misch Yussef Dayes What Kina Music NPR Tiny Desk Concert
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    Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes perform NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series, with Jordan Rakei, John Mayer, and Tom Driessler.

    Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes perform NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series, with Jordan Rakei, John Mayer, Tom Driessler, Rocco Palladino, and Joel Culpepper. British guitarist/producer Tom Misch and extraordinary drummer Yussef Dayes were the latest participants in NPR Music‘s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series. They perform two songs from their collaborative debut album “What Kinda Music”. The album was released by Blue Note Records earlier this year and landed at number one position on the Contemporary Jazz Album chart. Watch below a video of Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes perform for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series, featuring special guests Jordan Rakei and John Mayer: Musicians recorded…

  • www.thewickedsound.com-Lianne-La-Havas-Bittersweet-Paper-Thin
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    Lianne La Havas plays live at Tiny Desk (at home) her new single “Paper Thin”

    Lianne La Havas plays live at Tiny Desk (at home) her new single “Paper Thin” and announces her new self-titled album. Lianne performed her tender new song "Paper Thin" in the intimate settings of her room. After the debut of the new track, she sang "Midnight", from the previous album “Blood”. At the end of her short show, she presents her beautiful "Bittersweet", which he released as an album teaser back in February in Colors Session. From our blog: Lianne La Havas shared her new single “Bittersweet” Watch the video to Lianne La Havas new song "Paper Thin", the second single from her forthcoming self-titled album below: “Wanting to make…

  • www.thewickedsound.com-The-Free-Nationals-Anderson-Paak-Tiny-Desk-Concert
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    The Free Nationals featuring Anderson Paak & Chronixx returned to NPR “Tiny Desk Concert”

    The Free Nationals featuring Anderson Paak & Chronixx returned to NPR “Tiny Desk Concert”. They played at NPR Tiny Desk before in 2016 as an Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals. That video of that concert was the most popular in the history of the long-running series (since 2008!), with over 48 million views on YouTube. Ron Avant, keyboardist of The Free Nationals, thanks to NPR for the invitation: "I'm grateful that the Tiny Desk has made my face recognizable around the globe".   Watch their first Tiny Desk performance below: They started with Daniel Caesar's "Beauty & Essex" featuring India Shawn. She used to play and recording with the band…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Marvin Gaye.
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    Marvin Gaye timeless song “What’s Going On” is still relevant today

    Marvin Gaye's timeless song “What’s Going On” is still relevant today. This week was an anniversary of birth and death of one of the biggest artists ever, one and only Marvin Gaye. His amazing song “What’s Going On” still sounds like the best soundtrack to the situation right now around the world.   “Mother, mother There's too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother There's far too many of you dying You know we've got to find a way To bring some lovin' here today, eh eh”   The only recorded full live performance of Marvin Gaye landmark 1971 album “What’s Going On” was released last year as a standalone…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Skip Marley Slow Down
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    Skip Marley and H.E.R. performed “Slow Down” on The Tonight Show

    Skip Marley and H.E.R. performed their lover’s rock reggae tune “Slow Down” on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, with help of house band The Roots. The duo released “Slow Down” in January along with a tender music video directed by Lacey Duke. Although Marley and H.E.R. first premiered the song during a show at the Hollywood Bowl with Lauryn Hill in October. “When I made the song, I was looking and wondering who could be a feature and then I thought of H.E.R. because I love her vibe and her energy really, As soon as I heard the completed track I was in love” Marley commented to press. Listen…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Ezra Collective
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    Ezra Collective will present live their exceptional album ‘You Can’t Steal My Joy’

    Ezra Collective will present live their exceptional album “You Can’t Steal My Joy“. Jazz five-piece will play tomorrow at Concorde2 in Brighton one of the last shows this year in the UK, before heading to tour the United States of America. The band is touring with material from their debut album “You Can’t Steal My Joy”, which features Jorja Smith, KOKOROKO and Loyle Carner, and looks destined to cement the band’s status as one of the UK’s most exciting groups. Listen to Ezra Collective at Glastonbury playing live songs from the album ‘You Can’t Steal My Joy’ London 5-piece Ezra Collective are proving themselves as a harmonious tour de force. Their sound…

  • www.thewickedsound.com-Yakul-Komedia
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    Brighton based neo-soul band Yakul will headline tomorrow show at Komedia

    With core influences from the likes of J-Dilla, D’Angelo and Hiatus Kaiyote, Brighton based four-piece Yakul put a unique spin on the music they’ve grown up with. Marrying together thoughtful, soulful lyrics with deep grooves and jazz infused progressions, Yakul seamlessly blend genres to create something fresh and original.   [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFrDLcB5IkY[/embedyt] Yakul have just played a storming set at Love Supreme Festival, were the highlight of Red Bull Polyrhythm events in London and Brighton, as well as ONBlackheath Festival. They have supported Erykah Badu’s backing band RC & The Gritz at Ronnie Scott’s, coming back again in August to support Bluey’s from Incognito project Citrus Sun, as well as…

  • www.thewickedsound.com-Wojtek-Mazolewski-Quintet-When-Angels-Fall
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    Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet tomorrow in Jazz Cafe will present material from upcoming album ‘Komeda’

    Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet will play tomorrow in London’s Jazz Cafe as a part of EFG London Jazz Festival. The band will present material from the previous critically acclaimed record ‘Polka’ and from the upcoming album ‘Komeda’. WMQ is the most influential jazz group to come out of Poland in decades. Vigorously combining tradition and modernity the analog, and also one of the most exciting crossover acts right now. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C83HDj6s3kQ[/embedyt] Mazolewski took inspiration from famous polish directors Roman Polanski (‘Rosemary’s Baby’, ‘Knife in the Water’) and Jerzy Skolimowski (‘Barrier’), for whose movies Komeda wrote music. Songs from those recordings are represented on WMQ new album. “The combination of their talent and…

  • www.thewickedsound.com EABS polish jazz series London
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    Polish jazz group EABS as a part of EFG London Jazz Festival will close Polish Jazz London Series

    Wrocław’s septet EABS pursues the tradition of the Polish school of jazz, while escaping various sound patterns, presenting a carefree and completely original approach to genres and established musical standards, as proven on their debut album. EABS breathe fire into jazz, ignoring clichés, exploring and experimenting. What you may not know is that some of the best Jazz comes from Poland and it has that unique Slavic lyrical sound. As part of Waltham Forest Borough of Culture 2019 B Side Events are bringing some of the best Polish Jazz to the borough. Showcasing the most interesting and highly acclaimed artists to come out of Poland the Polish Jazz Series brought…