A lot of the material written about Anna Wise has been largely focused on her involvement with Kendrick Lamar and his most recent albums Good kid, m.A.A.d city, Grammy-winning To Pimp A Butterfly, and Untitled Unmastered. Her sweet 'n sour vocal contributions to these albums and the creative process that lead to their success is often mentioned*, but today, we will… Continue reading Anna Wise – The Feminine: Act I and II
While I'm working on my next album review (something I refer to as a"byrdcall") I thought it would be a good idea to start creating monthly playlists of songs I've been listening to. Most of the tracks this month are recent releases, but they won't always be. Enjoy and let me know if you hear something… Continue reading Songs of the Month: Feb 2017
Something BADBADNOTGOOD (BBNG) fans will say about this group is that their approach to the fusion of jazz with other genres is undeniably fresh and unique. Artists like Robert Glasper, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, The Internet, and (arguably) BBNG have helped usher us into an era where jazz music is becoming more relevant to the younger generation again. Their success… Continue reading BadBadNotGood- IV
A lot has happened in our world since my last post back in February: the death of two unforgettable icons, Muhammad Ali and the artist formerly known as Prince; the controversial performance of Beyonce's "Formation" at the Super Bowl Halftime Show; the conversation surrounding the Stanford rape case; the *personally disappointing* selection of America's 2016 presidential candidates; and the continuation of… Continue reading Let’s get personal.
Yesterday I arrived back home from my short trip to New York and, although I had a wonderful visit, I'm glad to be back where the pace is a bit slower (and everything is a lot cheaper). I got to check out the Guggenheim Museum, see some high school friends play at the Jazz Gallery,… Continue reading uptown, downtown, and all around
This week's byrdcall is that of a group very near and dear to my heart: AMP Trio. At first glance it might be easy to notice that their names Addison Frei (piano), Matt Young (drums), and Perrin Grace (bass) generate the acronym "AMP", but at first listen one realizes that their union of names… Continue reading AMP Trio- m(y)our world
Here you are, reading the first post of the blog I've been trying to start since 5-ever; here I am, taking care of business so I can stop self-grounding myself and watch Netflix again; and, here we are in the middle of the first week of 2016! The last time I bothered to make any… Continue reading new year, new view