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April 20 2018

Singer and pianist Kandace Springs offers her fans a taste of her forthcoming sophomore album due out later this year with the release of her Black Orchid EP, featuring three brand new tracks produced by Karriem Riggins that are available to stream or download today. Kandace delivers a pair of inspired covers with her simmering take on The Stylistics' “People Make the World Go Round” and a radiant performance of the Roberta Flack-popularized torch song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (a crowd favorite at Kandace’s live shows), along with the ruminative “Black Orchid” which highlights the acoustic strum of guitarist-songwriter Jesse Harris.

April 20 2018

Dave McMurray’s Blue Note Records debut, Music Is Life (out May 18), is a reunion of sorts, given the long history the saxophonist shares with the label’s president, and fellow Detroit native, Don Was. McMurray was a member of Was’ genre-defying unit Was (Not Was), first working together on the band’s self-titled 1981 debut. He’s played on all of the band’s albums and many other Was produced projects in the years since.

April 13 2018

In 2018, the esteemed pianist, composer, bandleader and educator Kenny Barron will celebrate his 75th birthday and mark the 50th year of a remarkable recording career that shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, this year will be punctuated with yet another milestone: the May 4 release of his Blue Note Records debut Concentric Circles.

April 13 2018

Guitarist Nels Cline debuts a new band with Currents, Constellations, a new album out today on Blue Note Records that brims with raw energy and wild beauty. The Nels Cline 4 is an intrepid unit that builds upon Cline’s acclaimed collaboration with guitarist Julian Lage by adding bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey.