Aaron Parks

Album Name: Invisible Cinema

Musicians:

piano- Aaron Parks

bass- Matt Penman

drums- Eric Harland

guitar- Mike Moreno

Record Label: Blue Note

Audio Samples:

Travelers

Peaceful Warrior

Nemesis

Riddle Me This

Aaron Parks: About Invisible Cinema

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Artist Spotlight: Walter Smith III

Walter Smith III

photo courtesy of Richard Thompson III

Redefining a New Era in Jazz

The rich airy transparent sound is what identifies rising modern tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III. His music explores the many different avenues in jazz and introduces a new melodic perspective. When he plays, his creativity is made apparent through his ability to incorporate new musical ideas and  uncover a unique relationship between harmonic and rhythmic composition. The development of his ideas can only be described as a journey that never ceases to lose momentum.

Growing up, Walter Smith III started playing the saxophone when he was 7 years old and has become one of the most recognizable musicians in this generation. His influences include John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Sam Rivers and Ornette Coleman along with Joe Lovano and Myron Walden. Receiving various scholarships and prestigious jazz awards like the Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Walter Smith has traveled around the world playing at various festivals and jazz venues. As a band leader and group member, Walter has played with many notable artists such as Terence Blanchard, Roy Haynes, Christian McBride, Christian Scott, and Ambrose Akinmusire.

His first debut album, Casually Introducing Walter Smith III, incorporates a variety of original compositions as well as unique arrangements of traditional songs like “Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love”. No matter what piece Smith plays on, his deep understanding of swing and hard-bop creates remarkable energetic musical moments. In his most recent albums, Walter Smith-Live in Parisand III, Walter Smith III adapts a more sophisticated sound. It is evident that he has grown as a musician and broadened his musical perspective. The tunes that really stand out harmonically and melodically are “Moranish”, “Byus”, and “Capitol Wasteland”. In “Moranish”, the piano starts off with a cadenza in which develops into a song where Walter Smith III plays over a reoccurring rhythmic piano line. As for “Byus”, the song highlights a different rhythmic understanding with an intricate drum feel and playful melody. Lastly, “Capitol Wasteland” exposes Smith’s warm yet powerful saxophone tone that creates a musical phenomenon.

Whether it is playing the blues or tackling a complicated deep modern song, Walter Smith III has redefined jazz. His tender sound and mature understanding of composition identifies him Continue reading

Christian Scott

Album Name: Yesterday You Said Tomorrow

Musicians:

trumpet- Christian Scott

guitar- Matt Stevens

piano- Milton Fletcher Jr

bass- Kris Funn

drums- Jamire Williams

Record Label: Concord Jazz

Audio Samples:

K.K.P.D

Angola, LA & The 13th Amendment

Jenacide (The Inevitable Rise and Fall Of The Bloodless Revolution)

An Unending Repentance

The Roe Effect (Refrain In F# Minor)

Taylor Eigsti

Album Name: Daylight at Midnight

Musicians:

piano, keyboards- Taylor Eigsti

vocals- Becca Stevens

acoustic & electric bass- Harish Raghavan

drums- Eric Harland

guitar- Julian Lage

Record Label: Concord Jazz

Audio Samples:

Daylight

Magnolia

The Art Teacher

The Water

Pink Moon

Little Bird

Chaos

Midnight After Noon

Taylor Eigsti: About “Daylight at Midnight”