New Jarrod Lawson, Brandee Younger, and Gretchen & Lionel
One of our favorite artists, Jarrod Lawson, currently tours the UK with his solo programme. After last years’s brilliant cover version of the Isley Brothers’ “Footsteps In The Dark“, Jarrod today released his take on the Prince classic “I Would Die 4 You”. His voice sounds better than ever. It’s an incredibly rich and super soulful instrument. There is a nice keyboard solo here as well and he is accompanied by Chance Hayden (guitar) and Tyrone Hendrix (drums). It’s just that this particular track has never really been one of my favorite Prince tunes. But this version here works really very well.
Catch Jarrod on the remaining stops of his solo tour:
3/18 Leeds – The Maude Institute
3/21 Manchester – Band On The Wall
3/25 Margate – Olby’s Soul Cafe
Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke just released the third track from their upcoming album “Lean In” (Edition Records, May 19th, with vinyl coming June 23rd). On “If I Knew”, the two are joined by bassist Burniss Travis and percussionist Mark Guiliana. It’s a lively, percussive treat with funky and strong distorted guitar by Lionel. It’s on repeat here.
We still play harpist Brandee Younger‘s last LP “Somewhere Different” which came out on Impulse! in 2021. She follows it up with “Brand New Life” (April 7th, vinyl a week later), a dedication to legendary harpist Dorothy Ashby, whose music was sampled by dozens of artists. First track off the album is a previously unrecorded Ashby composition called “You’re A Girl For One Man Only”. It’s a pretty evocative affair with Joel Ross on soothing vibes. Great stuff. The album is produced by Makaya McCraven and also features Meshell Nedegeocello, Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, Junius Paul, and Mumu Fresh and also includes music by Michel Legrand (“The Windmills Of Your Mind”) and the second track which was just released today: Stevie Wonder’s “If It’s Magic”, done solo with an abundance of grace and style and respect. Simply beautiful.