Nate Smith w/Fima Ephron, Joel Ross, Regina Carter, Vernon Reid: Kinfolk 2: See the Birds
Modern Jazz / Indie Jazz
premiera polska: 2023-03-08
kontynent: Ameryka Północna
opakowanie: Gatefoldowe etui
Kinfolk 2: See the Birds is the highly anticipated follow up to the 2017 Grammy-nominated album Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere. Featuring the diverse and all-star talents of Brittany Howard, Amma Whatt, Joel Ross, Kokayi, Michael Mayo, Regina Carter, Stokley and Vernon Reid, Kinfolk 2: See the Birds is the inspired and emphatic album that exemplifies Nate’s artistry as one of the most exciting, dynamic and innovative drummer-composers of his generation, adept across multi-genres and styles. Taking inspiration from his teenage years spent absorbing the diverse and eclectic riches of Prince, Michael Jackson and Living Colour. Kinfolk 2: See the Birds is a multi-faceted jewel and is set to be one of the most significant albums of 2021.
Four years after drummer, composer, and bandleader Nate Smith released his Grammy-nominated debut, he’s releasing its thematic follow-up, Kinfolk 2: See The Birds. In the interim, he’s released two other projects: 2020’s R&B-laden EP, Light and Shadow, and 2018’s breakbeat solo drums LP, Pocket Change.
Smith sees Kinfolk as a trilogy that charts his evolution as musician. The first record touched upon his childhood in Chesapeake, Virginia, and the music that he absorbed in his home. Kinfolk 2 continues that narrative, offering an impressionistic portrait of his teenage years when he made the decision to become a musician. During this time, he was checking out a lot of music associated with the Black Rock Coalition such as Living Colour, Fishbone, and 24-7 Spyz, in addition to other pioneering acts such as Bad Brains, King’s X, Prince, and Sting. Smith was also listening to a lot of hip-hop as well as the emerging neo-soul that flowered in the 1990s.
Kinfolk 2 is no throwback album, however. Smith reconciles his influences from his teen years with the modern jazz sensibilities that he’s demonstrated with not just his solo material but as a sideman with a roster of jazz titans that includes guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Dave Holland, and saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and Chris Potter.
In fact, Smith cites his long tenure with Potter’s Underground band for being an incubator for him to develop his distinguishable drumming approach, which often combines crisp, funky, head-nodding grooves with flinty modern jazz interactive improvisation.
"No matter the context, Nate Smith is a dynamic presence on the stage, an athletic drummer who can shift almost seamlessly from in-the-pocket funk to hard-bop swing" (JazzTimes)
Nate Smith, drums, keyboards, percussion
Brad Allen Williams, guitar
Fima Ephron, bass
Jaleel Shaw, saxophone
Jon Cowherd, piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B-3 organ
Brittany Howard, vocals on “Fly (for Mike)”
Amma Whatt, vocals on “I Burn For You”
Joel Ross, vibraphone on “Altitude” and “See The Birds”
Kokayi, vocals on “Square Wheel” and “Band Room Freestyle”
Michael Mayo, vocals on “Square Wheel”, “Altitude” and “See The Birds”
Regina Carter, violin on “Collision”
Stokley, vocals on “Don’t Let Me Get Away”
Vernon Reid, guitar on “Rambo: The Vigilante”
1. Altitude feat. Joel Ross & Michael Mayo 05:15
2. Square Wheel feat. Kokayi & Michael Mayo 05:00
3. Band Room Freestyle feat. Kokayi 01:34
4. Street Lamp 06:18
5. Don't Let Me Get Away feat. Stokley 04:55
6. Collision feat. Regina Carter 04:39
7. Meditation: Prelude 01:16
8. Rambo: The Vigilante feat. Vernon Reid 04:49
9. I Burn for You feat. Amma Whatt 04:31
10. See the Birds feat. Joel Ross & Michael Mayo 03:18
11. Fly (For Mike) feat. Brittany Howard 04:01
total time - 45:36
more info: www.editionrecords.com
- Edition Records (UK)
- Nate Smith w/Fima Ephron, Joel Ross, Regina Carter, Vernon Reid
- Kinfolk 2: See the Birds
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