February 4 2014
Bruce Lundvall: Playing by Ear, published by ArtistShare, is the authorized biography of the record business legend whose astounding career spans more than 50 years. Author Dan Ouellette has painted the portrait of one of the recording industry’s most notable figures, who has been responsible for signing an array of top-flight artists from his years at Columbia/CBS, Elektra/Elektra Musician and Blue Note, where he still serves as chairman emeritus.
January 30 2014
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 quintet with the addition of guitarist Charles Altura, the OSSO String Quartet, and vocalists Becca Stevens, Theo Bleckmann, and Cold Specks. NPR Music recently featured the imagined savior is far easier to paint in their “Under-The-Radar Albums Preview For 2014” including a track premiere of “Our Basement (ed)” featuring Becca Stevens on vocals. Ambrose has also announced extensive tour dates throughout the U.S. and Europe behind the album’s release, including a 4-night engagement at The Jazz Standard in New York City from March 13-16.
January 28 2014
Ascendant trumpeter & composer Takuya Kuroda makes his Blue Note debut with the February 18 release of Rising Son, produced by José James. The album finds Kuroda stepping forth to helm James’ remarkable band (keyboardist Kris Bowers, bassist Solomon Dorsey, drummer Nate Smith, trombonist Corey King) plus vocal contributions from James (“Everybody Loves The Sunshine”) & a guest appearance from imaginative guitarist Lionel Loueke (“Afro Blues”). Listen to the track premiere of "Afro Blues" on The Revivalist!
January 28 2014
Cuban-born American pianist and composer Fabian Almazan is set to release his new album Rhizome through Blue Note/ArtistShare on March 18. Almazan will celebrate the release with an engagement at Jazz Standard in New York City March 27-30, as well as a May 7 performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as part of their Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary celebrations. Rhizome features Almazan’s trio with bassist Linda Oh and drummer Henry Cole with the addition of vocals from Chilean singer/guitarist Camila Meza, and a string quartet comprised of violinists Sara Caswell and Tomoko Omura, violist Karen Waltuch, and cellist Noah Hoffeld. The recording project is being funded directly by Almazan’s fan base through ArtistShare, the internet’s first fan-funding platform who pioneered the crowdfunding movement. Fans who participated in Almazan’s project were given access to his entire creative process behind the making of the recording.