• www.thewickedsound.com Maxwell House Project
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    Song of the Day: Maxwell House Project Buena Ventura

    The Maxwell House Project is a one-man musical project of trumpeter Max O’Leary, who just shares his first solo song Buena Ventura. After years of touring the globe with various artists (Mestizo Beat, Surefire Soul Ensemble, Mexico68, Tribal Seeds, Natural Vibrations, Save Ferris), Max decided it was finally time to sit down and start work on his solo project. Buena Ventura is essentially a Nu-Funk/Jamaican Disco mixed in an old tape-style sound. Reminiscent of a blend of Orgōne and Kraak & Smaak.  “I’ve always loved the sound that artists like Orgōne, Mestizo Beat, and Mexico68 have achieved at Killion Studios, and I have been lucky enough to record there! I do my best to emulate…

  • www.thewickedsound.com David Hinckley Your Man (On The Inside)
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    Guitarist David Hinckley releases his new double single “Your Man (On The Inside)” / “Western Nights”

    Composer/guitarist David Hinckley releases his new double single "Your Man (On The Inside)" and "Western Nights". The tracks are modern takes on 70's instrumental symphonic soul informed by the cinematic sounds of Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, and Adrian Younge. Great composition, excellent string arrangement, and his guitar sounds so beautiful, a bit nostalgic, and very cinematic. This man needs more recognition! Hinckley's guitars call to mind everyone from Wes Montgomery and his smokey octave melodies to Ernie Isley's psychedelic solos. The string arrangements, composed by Hinckley and engineer Elio DeLuca, are straight from the playbook of Thom Bell and his iconic work with The Delfonics and The Stylistics.   Watch…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Mark de Clive-Lowe Dreamweavers Andrea Lombardini Tommaso Cappellato Bird of Prey
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    Mark de Clive-Lowe, Andrea Lombardini and Tommaso Cappellato are the Dreamweavers and they shared their first single “Birds Of Prey”

    Mark de Clive-Lowe, Andrea Lombardini and Tommaso Cappellato are the Dreamweavers and they shared their first single “Birds Of Prey”. Mark de Clive-Lowe returns to his roots with a new electro-acoustic record “Dreamweavers”, displaying his talent as a pianist and composer in partnership with creative collaborators bass player Andrea Lombardini and drummer Tommaso Cappellato. The two Italians have been a consistent presence on Mark de Clive-Lowe’s European tours for several years now, and it was during a road trip from Italy to Switzerland that Lombardini and Cappellato envisioned producing an MdCL album themselves. “Dreamweavers” reflects on and celebrates the sounds that de Clive-Lowe grew up loving and finding inspiration in…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Brass Against Take A Power Back
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    New York collective Brass Against takes the power back.

    A new week we are starting with a huge kick. It’s Brass Against and they are taking the power back. Brass Against is a collective of New York musicians, led and curated by Brad Hammonds, who have come together to form a unique brass band. They cover Rage Against the Machine, Living Colour, Gil Scott Heron, Janes Addiction, A Tribe Called Quest, and Led Zeppelin, amongst others. This time they rearranged Rage Against The Machine’s “Take The Power Back” with exceptional vocalist Sophia Urista. Their arrangements, which blends brass with heavy rock/metal instrumentation, plus anger, passion, and Sophia’s ferocious performance make this version so powerful and empowering. Everything started in the…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Liam Bailey Championn
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    Big Crown Records drops the remix of Liam Bailey reggae banger “Champion” featuring Black Thought of The Roots

    Big Crown Records drops the remix of Liam Bailey’s reggae banger “Champion” featuring Black Thought of The Roots. The original song "Champion" was first released in November 2019,  with the announcement of signing Liam Bailey to the Big Crown Records label. The song as a whole album was beautifully produced by Leon Michels from El Michels Affair.  This version features wordsmith and The Roots singer Black Though adding some extra verses. Massive dancefloor filler, connecting reggae, dub, soul, and hip hop with modern production, an instant classic. Bailey, born and raised in Nottingham, England, the son of an English mother and Jamaican father got his early influences from his mom’s…

  • ww.thewickedsound.com Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra A Wrinkle In Time.
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    Rob Mazurek came back with star studded Exploding Star Orchestra LP “Dimensional Stardust”

    Rob Mazurek came back with star-studded Exploding Star Orchestra LP "Dimensional Stardust" and shared a new song from that album “A Wrinkle in Time Sets Concentric Circles Reeling”. Following the 2018 JazzFest Berlin debut of new Exploding Star Orchestra (ESO) music, Mazurek returned to Chicago, where International Anthem took the opportunity to capture his new ESO compositions with a cast of collaborators from their collective constellation of artists. Over a handful of studio dates between August 2019 and March 2020, Mazurek arranged the pieces for eleven musicians — Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Jaimie Branch, Joel Ross, Mikel Patrick Avery, Tomeka Reid, Chad Taylor, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Macie Stewart, Angelica Sanchez, and…

  • 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 Jerk Some Cosmic Shift
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    Jerk, Brooklyn producer releases his new album “Some Cosmic Shift” on DeepMatter Records

    Jerk, Brooklyn producer releases his new album “Some Cosmic Shift” on DeepMatter Records. Jerk is the brainchild of composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Kinney. The project is an exploration of the connection between jazz and hip-hop with compositions blurring the lines between hip hop beats and instrumental jazz compositions. As a band, Jerk is Joshua Kinney on Saxophone, Carey Ozmun on Trumpet, Jean Matthieu Carvin on Keyboards, Mikey Migliore on Bass, and Martine Wade on Drums. Jerk’s releases include a trio of EPs (Pink, Yellow, and Green), a full-length beat tape entitled “Pressing On”, and his forthcoming live jazz album entitled ‘Some Cosmic Shift’, releasing August 14th via DeepMatter Records.…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Terrace Martin Kamashi Washington Denzel Curry Racism on Trial.
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    Terrace Martin shares his Three Part Music Series “Racism on Trial” Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper and Denzel Curry.

    Terrace Martin shares his Three Part Music Series "Racism on Trial" with Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper and Denzel Curry. In early June 2020, following the murder of George Floyd, Terrace Martin team up with Kamasi Washington, Denzel Curry, G Perico and Daylyt to make angry and energetic Protest Song “PIG FEET”.   “Someone asked, how do I feel? I told them hurt, fearless, angry, aware and fully ready to protect me, my family & my people at all cost. I got together with Black men that felt the same way and created a work of truth. PIG FEET”, Martin said about the track.   Musicians teamed up again for the…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Makaya McCraven Universal Beings
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    Makaya McCraven shares “Mak Attack” and “Beat Science” from his new album “Universal Beings E&F Sides”

    Makaya McCraven shares two new singles “Mak Attack” and “Beat Science” from his forthcoming album “Universal Beings E&F Sides” on International Anthem. It’s Makaya follow up to his critically-acclaimed 2018 release “Universal Beings”. New LP presents fourteen new pieces of organic beat music cut from the original sessions, prepared and produced by Makaya as a soundtrack to the “Universal Beings” documentary film, directed by Mark Pallman. 26 minutes long “making off” documentary follows Makaya to Los Angeles, Chicago, London and New York City for a behind the scenes look into the making of the artists breakthrough album, taking the viewer through the story of Makaya's life, his process and the…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Takuya Kuroda Change Fly Moon Die Soon
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    Takuya Kuroda announces a new album “’Fly Moon Die Soon” and shares his first single “Change” with Corey King.

    Takuya Kuroda announces a new album “'Fly Moon Die Soon” and shares his first single “Change” with Corey King. Takuya Kuroda is a  highly-respected trumpeter, is a forward-thinking musician that has developed a unique hybrid sound, blending classic groovy hard-bop, post-bop, soulful jazz, contemporary funk, fusion and hip hop music. The album consists of nine tracks, seven original compositions, and two classics Ohio Players “Sweet Sticky Thing” featuring Alina Engibaryan on vocals, and Herbie Hancock “Tell Me A Bedtime Story”. For this record Takuya Kuroda freed himself from the constraints of standard tracking with a live band and made hearty use of beats, sampling, overdubs, and other studio magic while also inviting musicians into the…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Jimmy Heath Con Alma Love Letter
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    “Love Letter” is the name of legendary jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath posthumous album

    “Love Letter” is the name of legendary jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath’s posthumous album. The saxophone legend passed away on January 19, aged 93. Jimmy Heath was an American jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, and big band leader. He started his long successful career as a member of Dizzy Gillespie's band, late in 1949, and his last record he pays homage to his master, taking on Dizzy’s “Con Alma”. He was the brother of bassist Percy Heath and drummer Albert Heath, with whom he formed the Heath Brothers. Heath’s played on more than 100 albums, and wrote more than 125 songs, many of which have become jazz standards. Gems from his catalogue…

  • www.thewickedsound.com-ryan-porter-feat.-the-west-coast-get-down-Madiba
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    Ryan Porter explodes with raw energy on his new live album “Live in Paris at New Morning“ with West Coast Get Down Crew.

    Ryan Porter explodes with raw energy on his new live album “Live in Paris at New Morning“ with West Coast Get Down Crew. The album was recorded on 17th October 2019 at Paris’ historic jazz club New Morning. Live set featured material from his last two full-length albums, "The Optimist" and "Force For Good". That evening started with a tribute to his personal mentor Roy Hargrove, by interpreting his songs “Strasbourg / St. Denis”. “The day before (the concert) was the late great Roy Hargrove’s birthday and I was honored to be playing at New Morning because it was one of Roy’s favorite jazz clubs to play at in Paris.…

  • www.thewickedsound.com-Ambrose-Akinmusire-Mr-Roscoe.
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    Ambrose Akinmusire shared a new song “Mr Roscoe (consider the simultaneous)” promoting his new album.

    Ambrose Akinmusire shared a new song “Mr Roscoe (consider the simultaneous)” promoting his new album “On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment” (Blue Note Records). The title of song references to jazz saxophonist and the key figure in avant-garde jazz Roscoe Mitchell, who has played with Akinmusire in duo and quartet settings. Mitchell is known for cofounding the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) Akinmusire recorded “On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment” in a quartet with his longtime bandmates: pianist Sam Harris, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Justin Brown. Watch below a video to to Ambrose Akinmusire a new…

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    Angel Bat Dawid released a “Transition East” inspired by Total Refreshment Centre

    Angel Bat Dawid released two new songs inspired by Total Refreshment Centre. Both new pieces of music are her response to Emma Warren's 2019 book "Make Some Space", about the history of London DIY music institution Total Refreshment Centre. The first track, “Transition East” is a tribute to the recently revived Chicago community centre that served as a base for AACM and icons from the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s. Very similar institution to London’s TRC. Watch below a video to Angel Bat Dawid two new songs “Transition East” and “No Space Fo Us”: The second track “No Space Fo Us” was composed and recorded at a space in…