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Ryan Porter - The Optimist
Ryan Porter
The Optimist
2CD | 2018 | US | Original (World Galaxy / Alpha Pup)
17,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
West Coast Get Down's Ryan Porter will launch the 2CD / 3LP set The Optimist on World Galaxy, ushering in an instrumental body of work that encompasses the respite of Los Angeles jazz music. The Optimist pulls together veterans of the LA music scene, including West Coast Get Down alumni Kamasi Washington (tenor saxophone), Miles Mosley (upright bass), Cameron Graves (piano, fender rhodes), Tony Austin (drums), Jumaane Smith (trumpet), Edward Livingston (upright bass), Aaron Haggerty (drums), Brandon Coleman (fender rhodes), Dominic Therioux (electric bass), Robert Miller (drums), and Lyndon Rochelle (drums).The Optimist was recorded at Kamasi's parents house between 2008 and 2009, captured inside a small tiny basement area their crew called "The Shack." This was before The Epic catapulted the group into the highest stratospheres of jazz music and feature associations started to populate through the world of Kendrick Lamar. Ryan Porter and The West Coast Get were just as active through this era, carving out weekly shows through local jazz clubs and touring with some of the biggest names on the circuit.Every person featured on The Optimist were fully committed to the execution of decade defining jazz music, charging through the 21st century with the hopes of finding the platform that would elevate their music to the masses. This would unfold in ways nobody could have predicted, ushering in a transition of optimism and hope, to that of success and proven longevity. This is a mirror of the inspiration and energetic reprise President Obama provided Ryan and millions of others at the time, adding a sonic memory point to one of the most important transitions the United States has taken politically.Ryan Porter has spread his craft to the masses for decades, included on critically acclaimed albums such as the Original Netflix Series soundtrack The Get Down, Push The Sky Away from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Epic LP and Truth EP from Kamasi Washington, To Pimp A Butterfly from Kendrick Lamar, and many more. The Optimist represents these albums and the incubation period that's continually reverberated through his career, seasoned with the brilliance these individuals build on as a unified musical cell. The Optimist was executed with the same fire, passion, and technicality the group carries with them on stage and through every album since, serving as an important foundation piece to the legacy and story of LA's most revered jazz collective, the West Coast Get Down.
Ryan Porter - The Optimist
Ryan Porter
The Optimist
3LP | 2018 | US | Original (World Galaxy / Alpha Pup)
38,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
West Coast Get Down's Ryan Porter will launch the 2CD / 3LP set The Optimist on World Galaxy, ushering in an instrumental body of work that encompasses the respite of Los Angeles jazz music. The Optimist pulls together veterans of the LA music scene, including West Coast Get Down alumni Kamasi Washington (tenor saxophone), Miles Mosley (upright bass), Cameron Graves (piano, fender rhodes), Tony Austin (drums), Jumaane Smith (trumpet), Edward Livingston (upright bass), Aaron Haggerty (drums), Brandon Coleman (fender rhodes), Dominic Therioux (electric bass), Robert Miller (drums), and Lyndon Rochelle (drums).The Optimist was recorded at Kamasi's parents house between 2008 and 2009, captured inside a small tiny basement area their crew called "The Shack." This was before The Epic catapulted the group into the highest stratospheres of jazz music and feature associations started to populate through the world of Kendrick Lamar. Ryan Porter and The West Coast Get were just as active through this era, carving out weekly shows through local jazz clubs and touring with some of the biggest names on the circuit.Every person featured on The Optimist were fully committed to the execution of decade defining jazz music, charging through the 21st century with the hopes of finding the platform that would elevate their music to the masses. This would unfold in ways nobody could have predicted, ushering in a transition of optimism and hope, to that of success and proven longevity. This is a mirror of the inspiration and energetic reprise President Obama provided Ryan and millions of others at the time, adding a sonic memory point to one of the most important transitions the United States has taken politically.Ryan Porter has spread his craft to the masses for decades, included on critically acclaimed albums such as the Original Netflix Series soundtrack The Get Down, Push The Sky Away from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Epic LP and Truth EP from Kamasi Washington, To Pimp A Butterfly from Kendrick Lamar, and many more. The Optimist represents these albums and the incubation period that's continually reverberated through his career, seasoned with the brilliance these individuals build on as a unified musical cell. The Optimist was executed with the same fire, passion, and technicality the group carries with them on stage and through every album since, serving as an important foundation piece to the legacy and story of LA's most revered jazz collective, the West Coast Get Down.
Mast - Thelonious Sphere Monk
Mast
Thelonious Sphere Monk
LP | 2018 | US | Original (World Galaxy / Alpha Pup)
21,84 €* 22,99 € -5%
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Attention:Jacket of the record incorrectly lists all 16 tracks from the digital version though the LP only contains 12 tracks total.MAST’s Thelonious Sphere Monk is a cosmic journey reinterpreting the great Thelonious Monk Song Book in celebration of his 100th birthday. MAST tackles sixteen Monk compositions, including the acclaimed "Round Midnight," "Blue Monk," "Straight No Chaser," "Epistrophy" and "Well You Needn’t." As well as more obscure titles like "Misterioso," "Pannonica," "Friday The 13th" and "Bemsha Swing." MAST, aka Tim Conley, pays homage to the significant history of Thelonious Monk and his esteemed compositions while bringing them into the future using modern electronic bleeps, bloops, and beats. This is done in concert with Low End Theory, Los Angeles beat culture Conley is a part of. Harmonious with the mystical and metaphysical hand painted cover art by Japanese artist Tokio Aoyama, each track created is a unique world unto itself and the listener travels from one musical planet to the next on the spaceship Monk.The sixteen track LP features a diverse cast of extraordinary musicians contributing instrumental virtuosity, which these Thelonious Monk compositions demand. NYC tenor saxophonist Chris Speed (Tim Berne, Jim Black) is haunting on "Well You Needn’t." Chicago drummer Makaya McCraven bashes and percolates on “Nutty” and “Let’s Cool One." As the album's lone piano protagonist, virtuoso Brian Marsella (John Zorn, Cyro Baptista) rises to the challenge and shines on "Ask Me Now," “'Round Midnight” and "Straight No Chaser." Philly born upright bassist Jason Fraticelli (Taylor McFerrin, Mark Guiliana) is expansive with endless improvisational ideas on "Blue Monk." And don’t forget the horns! Trombonist Jonah Levine, trumpeter Dan Rosenboom (Burning Ghosts) and baritone/alto saxophonist Gavin Templeton (Nels Cline) put power into Thelonious Monk’s prodigious melodies and flourish blistering solos on "Evidence", "Bemsha Swing," "Epistrophy," "Nutty," and "Let’s Cool One." MAST is an LA transplant via Philadelphia and a guitarist by trade. He approaches his six string leads on the album antithetically like middle-eastern influenced "Bemsha Swing," acoustically intimate "Friday the 13th," astral space fusion "Straight No Chaser," and melancholic jazz ballad "Pannonica."
Ryan Porter - Spangle Lang-Lane
Jonah Levine Collective - Attention Defecit
Jonah Levine Collective
Attention Defecit
LP | 2017 | US | Original (World Galaxy / Alpha Pup)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
With dynamic harmonies and rhythms sprawling over every track, the flaring solos and pensive layering of minds carries an adventurous sense of oneness over the entire Attention Deficit LP. Iman Omari and MNDSGN flip the energy of the album into a futuristic spiral, blending the ethos of modern soul and electronica with the complex nature of Jonah’s writing style. Aditya Prakash pushes the sonic identity even further, adding in the deep traditions of Indian Classical music to an already eclectic and otherworldly affair. Ending the LP, we find the Jonah Levine Collective diving into a technically expansive and emotionally climactic cover of Kendrick Lamar’s “For Free.” The compositional scope on Attention Deficit travels the world and beyond, putting emphasis on the all encompassing search for knowledge many people from this generation are seeking. As the title suggests, the cosmology of Attention Deficit’s music hemispheres shift vastly from piece to piece, showing the totality of the band’s spirit in a uniquely amorphous and beautiful light. Jonah Levine’s time studying under jazz legends such as Kenny Burrell and James Newton reveals an important road towards the creation and release of Attention Deficit. Time spent with Anderson .Paak before his career shifted towards stardom is another important road. All of Jonah’s collaborative access points over the years have been integral elements to the creation of Attention Deficit, including recordings and live stints with Leonard Cohen, The Game, Ed Sheeran, Anderson .Paak, Josef Leimberg, Nx Worries, MNDSGN, Iman Omari, Ryan Leslie, Jeff Parker, Bennie Maupin, Chris “Daddy” Dave, George Watsky and Shafiq Husayn. All of these voices and more carry influence over Attention Deficit, brought together with a culturally integrated collective that includes Emile Martinez (trumpet, flugelhorn), Josh Johnson (alto saxophone), Owen Clapp (upright & electric bass), Jonathan Pinson (drums) and Kiefer Shackelford (piano).
Holophonor - Light Magnet
Holophonor
Light Magnet
2LP | 2017 | US | Original (World Galaxy / Alpha Pup)
32,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The jazz world has gone through a continuous state of shifts since the first torch bearers. A state where planted roots into the world’s consciousness are making deep impressions and the expansion of the genre soars in human grasp. Holophonor is one of the entities responsible for this torch passing in current times, launching tastefully intricate music that’s catapulted into a pure state of jazz ethos and the connectivity established by innovators of the past. Holophonor’s made a diligent push since their inception as a band and their self-titled debut LP, utilizing the vast array of knowledge and skills they acquired during their tenure studying together at UCLA’s Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and the cyclone of activity they’ve experienced in different pockets of the world since. Holophonor is at another critical transition point in their career, announcing the release of the band’s sophomore record, Light Magnet. Signing with the quickly rising Los Angeles jazz imprint World Galaxy for the release of their forthcoming LP produced by Wayne Shorter. As a winner of ten Grammy Awards over the last half-century, the voice and vision that Shorter brought to Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet, fusion powerhouse Weather Report, and his solo output is amplified through Holophonor’s Light Magnet. Retaining the same members since the original formation of the band, Holophonor’s Light Magnet includes Eric Miller (trombone), Mike Cottone (trumpet), Josh Johnson (alto sax), Diego Urbano (vibraphone), Miro Sprague (piano), Dave Robaire (bass), and Jonathan Pinson (drums). Light Magnet takes the efforts of their debut and raises the bar even higher, bringing in production duties from Wayne Shorter from the recommendation of legendary producer, and now president of Blue Note Records, Don Was. The acoustics of the original recordings are top notch, capturing the album at the historic Jim Henson Company owned Henson Recording Studios. Taking on a director role that was a life changing experience of guidance for Holophonor, Wayne Shorter had the group record some of the music in 45-minute intervals to find the perfect takes within. This was also done with the hopes of capturing the band’s ability to gather superb song transitions and e.s.p. like band chemistry; something they’ve harnessed with precision in the live setting.
Ryan Porter - Spangle Lang-Lane
Ryan Porter
Spangle Lang-Lane
LP | 2017 | US | Original (World Galaxy / Alpha Pup)
22,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Running in parallel with the powerful wave of transformation that occurred with the advent of recording technology in the 1800s, children’s music has been a critically important part of the evolving pace of modern culture. Through the entire body of children’s music, few have truly deviated from the normal harmonic and melodic structures of past composers. This is about to change in the fall of 2017 as West Coast Get Down co-founder Ryan Porter will present Spangle-Lang Lane, a collection of music that revamps and puts a facelift on some of the world’s most beloved children’s songs. The ethos of Spangle-Lang Lane equally lives in the visual realm, coupled with puppets and a film series that takes on the life of the West Coast Get Down and various jazz luminaries. From episode to episode, you can expect to see main characters Ryan Porter and Crazy Jake, along with puppet versions of Duke Ellington, Kamasi Washington, Louis Armstrong, Brandon Coleman, Tony Williams, Terrace Martin, Miles Davis, Thundercat, John Coltrane, and many others. As the influence of Sesame Street started to filter into Ryan Porter’s dreams, he quickly sought out the right tools and knowledge for creating his own puppets. Ryan adds more detail on how the puppet world of the album formed.
Natasha Agrama - The Heart Of Infinite Change
Natasha Agrama
The Heart Of Infinite Change
LP | 2017 | US | Original (World Galaxy / Alpha Pup)
19,79 €* 21,99 € -10%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
“The Heart Of Infinite Change” the debut album from songwriter/vocalist Natasha Agrama is an intriguing ten-track mix of original compositions and impeccable jazz standards. The album consists of 3 songs with music and lyrics by Agrama, plus one each by Joni Mitchell and Osho with additional lyrics. The balance comes from personalized arrangements of jazz works by Mingus, Ellington, Landesman, Henderson and Bilal. Agrama shows she is a serious storyteller with diverse tastes and a well- honed jazzy, bluesy voice. “On The Heart Of Infinite Change”, Natasha Agrama conveys she is an articulate songwriter and a surprisingly mature vocalist. The album's scope of material shows a growing singer who easily embraces and incorporates jazz, blues and other idioms into her own voice. It all makes for a promising first effort by the artist.Personnel features Natasha Agrama (lead vocals), Miles Mosely (drums), Brandon Coleman (piano), Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner (bass), Ronald Bruner Jr. (drums), Kamasi Washington (sax), George Duke (piano & Rhodes), Stanley Clarke (bass) and many others!!!
Natasha Agrama - The Heart Of Infinite Change
Natasha Agrama
The Heart Of Infinite Change
CD | 2017 | US | Original (World Galaxy / Alpha Pup)
15,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
“The Heart Of Infinite Change” the debut album from songwriter/vocalist Natasha Agrama is an intriguing ten-track mix of original compositions and impeccable jazz standards. The album consists of 3 songs with music and lyrics by Agrama, plus one each by Joni Mitchell and Osho with additional lyrics. The balance comes from personalized arrangements of jazz works by Mingus, Ellington, Landesman, Henderson and Bilal. Agrama shows she is a serious storyteller with diverse tastes and a well- honed jazzy, bluesy voice. “On The Heart Of Infinite Change” , Natasha Agrama conveys she is an articulate songwriter and a surprisingly mature vocalist. The album's scope of material shows a growing singer who easily embraces and incorporates jazz, blues and other idioms into her own voice. It all makes for a promising first effort by the artist.Personnel features Natasha Agrama (lead vocals), Miles Mosely (drums), Brandon Coleman (piano), Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner (bass), Ronald Bruner Jr. (drums), Kamasi Washington (sax), George Duke (piano & Rhodes), Stanley Clarke (bass) and many others!!!
Natasha Agrama - The Heart Of Infinite Change
Natasha Agrama
The Heart Of Infinite Change
Tape | 2017 | US | Original (World Galaxy / Alpha Pup)
7,99 €* 9,99 € -20%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
“The Heart Of Infinite Change” the debut album from songwriter/vocalist Natasha Agrama is an intriguing ten-track mix of original compositions and impeccable jazz standards. The album consists of 3 songs with music and lyrics by Agrama, plus one each by Joni Mitchell and Osho with additional lyrics. The balance comes from personalized arrangements of jazz works by Mingus, Ellington, Landesman, Henderson and Bilal. Agrama shows she is a serious storyteller with diverse tastes and a well- honed jazzy, bluesy voice. “On The Heart Of Infinite Change” , Natasha Agrama conveys she is an articulate songwriter and a surprisingly mature vocalist. The album's scope of material shows a growing singer who easily embraces and incorporates jazz, blues and other idioms into her own voice. It all makes for a promising first effort by the artist.Personnel features Natasha Agrama (lead vocals), Miles Mosely (drums), Brandon Coleman (piano), Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner (bass), Ronald Bruner Jr. (drums), Kamasi Washington (sax), George Duke (piano & Rhodes), Stanley Clarke (bass) and many others!!!
Ronald Bruner, Jr. - Triumph
Ronald Bruner, Jr.
Triumph
2LP | 2017 | US | Original (World Galaxy / Alpha Pup)
31,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Grammy Award winning composer, producer, singer and drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. will present the megalithic debut album Triumph. Eleven cuts of deep fusion, soul, R&B, jazz and pop, Triumph was put together with Ronald’s brothers Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner and Jameel Bruner of The Internet. It was captured during the infamous KSL Sessions that produced Kamasi Washington’s The Epic and many other West Coast Get Down recordings.Features are drawn out from an impressive list of musicians across Triumph, including the late and great George Duke, Warner Bros. recording artist Mac Miller and many of the core members of the West Coast Get Down. Thundercat laces bass guitar on a majority of the LP, building on the rhythm section with the highest degrees of finesse and technicality.Triumph’s trajectory in fusion is, in one way, a direct result of working with century defining artists such as Stanley Clarke, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Wayne Shorter, Prince, Chaka Khan, Q-Tip, Kenny Garrett and Stevie Wonder. In another way, it’s the expression of a soul that’s independently seasoned, rich in unique experiences and unashamedly unrestrained. The musical manifestation of a man that’s evolved into the role of a father, musical anchor and community leader.The roads leading to Triumph are vast and intertwining, beginning with the culture that his father Ronald Bruner Sr. brought to his life under stints with Diana Ross, The Temptations, Randy Crawford and Gladys Knight. Musically, Triumph is an expression of many styles and modes Ronald’s absorbed through his professional career as a drummer, singer and producer, mixed down into the flavor that he’s dubbed “progressive soul.” The technicality of the album explodes in every seam and the passion, soul and craftsmanship of the songwriting is at an equally high level.Lyrically, Triumph touches on the deepest extensions of the heart, the restraints of human connection and the dynamic free for all of growing through this world. Every cadence and form of Ronald’s singing is pulled from the bottom of his heart because of this. Family, friendships, love, turmoil, happiness, social issues, politics, musical heritage and many other topics find a seat at the table on Triumph. A powerful combination of musicianship and lyricism that’s unlike anything else out right now.One of the most important roads leading to Triumph has seeds planted with bass extraordinaire Stanley Clarke and keyboard maestro George Duke. While working with the legends in the mid-2000s, they pushed Ronald to unleash his own masterwork and join a legacy only a handful of drummers have entered. The influence that Stanley Clarke, George Duke and many others had on the birthing process of Triumph is a magnificent story that will continue to present new chapters through time. Stepping back from the influences and Triumph stands firmly as a pure amalgamation of fusion, reaching the highest plateaus of creativity, songwriting and technicality in this era.
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