Friday, February 05, 2021

New Music Releases: Ron Miles, The Nels Cline Singers, GTF

Ron Miles - Rainbow Sign

Cornetist Ron Miles has released his Blue Note debut Rainbow Sign, a luminous set of original Miles compositions performed by a remarkable quintet featuring pianist Jason Moran, guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Thomas Morgan, and drummer Brian Blade—out now on vinyl, CD, and digital formats. In a rave 4½-star review DownBeat called it “a deeply touching album… Rainbow Sign ups the ante through the writing’s richness—by far Miles’ most impressive work as a bandleader… there’s plenty of gold at the end of this rainbow.” Watch Miles discuss the story behind the album on “First Look” with Don Was.

The Nels Cline Singers - Share The Wealth

Nels Cline has released his 3rd Blue Note album Share The Wealth, a dynamic double album that Pitchfork called “an ambitious, astonishing work.” The album presents 10 swirling, evocative soundscapes featuring the guitar renegade with an expanded edition of The Nels Cline Singers with saxophonist and punk-jazz iconoclast Skerik, keyboard marvel Brian Marsella, bass powerhouse Trevor Dunn, longtime collaborator and drummer Scott Amendola, and Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista. Watch Nels discuss the story behind the album on “First Look” with Blue Note President Don Was.

GTF - Watch Your Step

While gearing up for their post-COVID 2021 album release, Watch Your Step, the dynamic R&B/jazz ensemble GTF deliver another captivating single in advance of their full project. Following on the heels of their chart-dominating vocal “Some Things Happen,” the new tune is an instrumental offering, “3AM.” Truly the embodiment of this seductive time of day… the crossover between late night and never, never land; sensual, earthy, beguiling. Featuring a Northern and Southern California collective of players, “3AM” is graced with the alluring guitar playing of the song’s composer, Richard Livoni, and the haunting sax work of John Rekevics, both complementing GTF’s signature low end landscape provided by drummer Ron Otis and band co-founder/bassist George Franklin. ~

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