There is a entire generation of amazing Jazz musicians out there today who are making fantastic new and inspired music not only in the vein of their influences, but something entirely fresh and truly invigorating to the long standing canon of Jazz. One of those artists is pianist and vocalist, Champian Fulton.
Looking back upon the canon of 90’s, Alternative music can be dizzying. In my opinion, it was an amazing time for music. You’ve got Grunge, you’ve got the wave of Metal in Europe, some truly transcendent Pop, and of course, the Alt-Girl movement. I am sure you remember many of the amazing artists from this wave. Names such as Liz Phair, Juliana Hatfield, Jewel and Fiona Apple come to mind. One of the more unsung heroes of this movement was Garrison Starr.
Carrying on the tradition of what his father had done, but by putting an entirely new and personal spin on it. I immediately dove into his catalog, and fell in love with his music as well. To date, Nile Marr has established his own unique legacy by working with the likes of Hans Zimmer, Meredith Sheldon, with his band, Man Made and now with his solo work under his own name. If you’re into Indie Rock with killer rhythm guitar and amazing chord changes, then you’ve come to the right place.
When it comes to Ska, more specifically, the second wave, The Toasters are one of the most important, if not the most important. More so, the third wave simply would not have taken shape in the way that it did if not for the influence of Robert “Bucket” Hingley and his band The Toasters.
For our special Christmas edition of Vinyl Writer Interviews, I’ve chosen to interview Katie Cole. I could have went a lot of ways with my pick for today, but I chose Katie for a few simple reasons. First, her music is awesome. Second, her interview was really good. Third, and most importantly, her gratitude for what she has shines through throughout the interview. Sure, she’s proud of her work, but throughout the interview, she consistently took the time to express gratitude for those that have helped her along the way and for all that she has. These days, that’s a pretty rare thing. More importantly, on Christmas morning, it’s nothing short of appropriate, if not essential.
There is a whole entire family tree of music from the late 80’s to the mid 90’s that I absolutely love. Without going into explicit detail of how they’re all connected, the tree includes the likes of Throwing Muses, Pixies, The Breeders, The Amps, Frank Black and most importantly (for the purposes of this interview), Belly.
Marquis is one of the leading Jazz musicians out there today. Like so many before him, he is carrying on the tradition of expanding boundaries, and pushing the heart and soul of Jazz as an artform and genre toward horizons unknown.
I love Jazz. Over the last few years, I’ve really dug my heels into the genre. As I’ve dug in, I’ve climbed the proverbial “family tree” of the genre, and when I reached the Charles Mingus branch, I found Charles McPherson, one of the best Jazz sax players that you will ever have the pleasure of hearing.
Over time, the bulk of Remind Me Tomorrow has been played on the show. That album happens to be Sharon’s newest and like her others, it’s emotionally deep and generally awesome. After I’d heard the album enough times on the show, I chose to go backwards and dig into the rest of the catalog, and I came to find that the rest is equally awesome and equally deep.