December 12 2013
On March 11, trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire will return with the release of the imagined savior is far easier to paint, an impressive and expansive new album that broadens the palette of his firebrand quintet with the addition of guitarist Charles Altura, the OSSO String Quartet, and vocalists Becca Stevens, Theo Bleckmann, and Cold Specks. Akinmusire’s quintet features saxophonist Walter Smith III, pianist Sam Harris, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Justin Brown—a close-knit group of longtime friends and frequent collaborators that breathes a remarkable collective identity.
December 9 2013
Jazz and soul singer Gregory Porter has received two GRAMMY Award nominations in two different genre fields for his remarkable Blue Note Records debut Liquid Spirit. The album is up for Best Jazz Vocal Album, while the song “Hey Laura” has been nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance. The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday," Jan. 26, 2014, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
December 9 2013
Saxophonist Wayne Shorter & trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire will go head-to-head in the Best Imrpovised Jazz Solo category at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday," January 26, 2014. Shorter was nominated for his solo on "Orbits" from his album WITHOUT A NET, while Blanchard was nominated for his solo on "Don't Run" from the album MAGNETIC.
November 21 2013
Ascendant trumpeter and composer Takuya Kuroda is set to make his Blue Note debut with the February 18 release of Rising Son, which was produced by José James. Kuroda, who is best known for his inspired presence in James’ band, steps forth here to helm that remarkable band which features keyboardist Kris Bowers, electric bassist Solomon Dorsey, drummer Nate Smith, and trombonist Corey King.