James Farm’s sophomore album, City Folk, is out now, a new collection of ten original tunes written by all four members of the collaborative band: Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland. It earns five stars from the Financial Times ("ten beautifully crafted miniatures that rock with rhythm") and four stars from the Guardian, which notes the "enthralling improvisations [on] this inviting set," and the Evening Standard, which describes the band as "four crack musicians and improvisers whose fierce grooves and synergy make for spine-tingling listening." The Buffalo News calls City Folk "the second first-rate disc by one of the more impressive jazz quartets to come together in the past few years."Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist News ReviewsArtist News
Sam Amidon's new album of reimagined folk songs, Lily-O, was released on CD and digitally last month and is now available on vinyl. The album was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson and features guitarist Bill Frisell, along with Amidon’s other frequent collaborators, bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro. The New York Times calls the album "hauntingly beautiful." Amidon kicks off a European tour on November 14 and performs at the EFG London Jazz Festival with Frisell and Ismaily on November 16.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist News
Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau begin a duo tour of Europe in Ludwigshafen, Germany, tonight, followed by stops in Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Austria, France, Spain, and Ireland, where the tour comes to a close at Dublin's National Concert Hall on November 9. "Strictly speaking, mandolinist Chris Thile is a bluegrass musician and pianist Brad Mehldau is a jazz musician," says the Boston Globe. "But genre categories disappeared when the two met [in concert]."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On TourArtist NewsThursday, October 23, 2014|1 comments
The Black Keys will perform at The Concert for Valor to honor America’s veterans and their families this Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11. The concert will take place on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and will be broadcast live on HBO, which will offer its affiliates the opportunity to open the signal, allowing nonsubscribers to view the special.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On Tour TelevisionArtist NewsThursday, October 23, 2014|0 comments
Richard Linklater's film Boyhood has been nominated for four Gotham Independent Film Awards, leading this year's field with the most nominations: Best Feature, Best Actress for Patricia Arquette, Best Actor for Ethan Hawke, and Breakthrough Actor for Ellar Coltrane. The Gotham Awards will be presented in a ceremony on December 1. Nonesuch released the film's soundtrack this past summer.