James Farm, A "Force With Which to Be Reckoned" (All About Jazz), Launches New Website
James Farm, the collaborative band featuring Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland, released its self-titled Nonesuch debut last week. Now the group has launched a new website, jamesfarmmusic.com, with songs from the new album, photos, a free download, and more on the project. All About Jazz says the album "positions this über-quartet of established and rising stars as a clear force with which to be reckoned." Jazzwise gives it four stars, saying it "draws out a rich melodic seam of group inventiveness." The Revivalist says the band sets "a new bar for themselves and the genre of Jazz as it continues to evolve.” The world tour begins next week.
James Farm, the collaborative band featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland, released its self-titled Nonesuch debut last week, with the New York Times calling it "a model of dazzling proficiency" and the Times of London and the Financial Times both giving the album four stars. Now the group has launched a new, official website, at jamesfarmmusic.com. Head there to hear songs from the new album, see photos, learn more about the project, download a free track, and find out what the reviewers have to say.
On that front, All About Jazz reviewer John Kelman says: "James Farm’s eponymous debut not only confirms the group’s egalitarian nature, but positions this über-quartet of established and rising stars as a clear force with which to be reckoned." Kelman notes the band's "inherent chemistry" and concludes that "with a collective this vital, there are few who won’t be prepared to allow its members to hang around a little longer together, before returning to their individual, equally ascendant careers." Read the complete review at allaboutjazz.com.
Jazzwise gives the album four stars and features an interview with the band in the latest issue, on stands now. James Farm "draws out a rich melodic seam of group inventiveness," says the magazine's site in a preview of the print edition. "Of course, when you look at the individual talents involved in the project … it’s hardly surprising that their self-titled debut disc should turn out to be such a mature and accomplished statement of intent." Read more at jazzwisemagazine.com.
The Revivalist rates the album a 9.0. "James Farm creates a sound built upon trust, both in the talents of each band member’s ability to lead and in the ability of each individual to trust his gut and the sound emanating from it," writes reviewer Karas Lamb. "From each of member of the band, there have been established instances of greatness in their individual careers. Combined, they work in concert and flashes of brilliance, to set a new bar for themselves and the genre of Jazz as it continues to evolve.” Read the review at revivalist.okayplayer.com.
The band begins its world tour next week with two nights at the Reading 3 in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 14 and 15, followed by performances throughout Europe—in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, France, Netherlands, and Belgium—before returning to the States for four-nights at the Jazz Standard in New York City in June plus festival sets at Caramoor, Newport Jazz, and Monterey later this summer. For more information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour or the new James Farm site, jamesfarmmusic.com.
To pick up a copy of the new album, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the complete album at checkout.
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Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express will perform music from their album Junun as the opening act for Radiohead in select cities on the band's sold-out European tour: at the Spektrum in Oslo on June 6 and 7, Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on June 9, 3 Arena in Dublin on June 20, and Manchester Arena on July 4 and 5. Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express will also perform at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona on June 3 and Best Kept Secret in the Netherlands on June 18. The Times of London calls Junun "intriguing, sinuous, and essential listening."
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Rhiannon Giddens's new album, Freedom Highway, is due next Friday, February 24. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it: the album is streaming in full here as an NPR First Listen. It's a "rich collection, the latest chapter in the 40-year-old master folklorist, banjo virtuoso and vocal powerhouse's epic retelling of our history with its sins and sorrows—and joy born of resilience—fully reinstated," says NPR. "[H]ope comes back to life in Giddens' music."Journal Topics: Artist News