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June 29, 2018

 

 

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R+R=Now / Collagically Speaking / Blue Note

 

R+R=NOW is a group of leading artists who continue to redefine the definition of modern Jazz for the 21st century. They include Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin & Justin Tyson.

 

 

The “R+R” in the band’s name stands for Reflect+Respond, as their music, like the 1960’s, “reflects and responds” to the current political and cultural environment. With Collagically Speaking, the band presents a deep musical hybrid that they have been championing for a few years now. The title was inspired by Nina Simone who said an artist’s duty is to reflect the times.

 

 

As Glasper says, R+R=NOW tells “our story from our point of view… It’s a very honest, fluid sound that rings of hip-hop, EDM, jazz, at times – hell – reggae… a bunch of cats that respect each other so much that we always pass the ball.” The collective approach on the album features special guests such as Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Stalley, Amanda Seales, Amber Navran, Goapele, Jahi Sundance and Yasiin Bey.

 

 

The album is a “collage” flowing seamlessly from track to track. Put in the player and let it roll.

 

 

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Charles Lloyd and the Marvels + Lucinda Williams / Vanished Gardens / Blue Note

 

Jazz meets rock and country and is held together by the blues.  This album is a provocative blend of the musical worlds of two very different artists who have a lot in common when it comes to their approach and attitude towards the music they create.

 

Renowned Jazz saxophonist, Charles Lloyd, creates warm and sculptured tones as he plays emotive lines that reflect his 80 years on the planet. This leads the way for the inclusion of the award-winning,  neo-country singer/song writer, Lucinda Williams, who also has a sound all her own. The “Jazz meets C&W” feel is reflected in the instrumentation and all-star band that includes Bill Frisell on guitar and Greg Leisz on pedal steel.

 

 

The album is produced by Don Was who had the vision of bringing these genres together which is a rare yet challenging blend made possible by these stellar artists.

 

 

Other new albums of note include:

 

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Bill Frisell / Music Is / Okeh
Marcus Miller / Laid Black / Blue Note
Terrance Blanchard and the E Collective / Live / Blue Note
Stanley Clarke / The Message / Mack Avenue
GoGo Penquin/ A Humdrum Star / Blue Note
Kamasi Washington / Heaven and Earth / Young Turks
RoB Dixon Trio with Charlie Hunter and Mike Clark/ Coast to Crossroads / RobDixonMusic

 

 

 

Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM. She made her mark at WDET 101.9FM (NPR), where she was Director of Programming and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.

 

 

 

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