Surviving and succeeding in the tenuous and challenging world of contemporary jazz these days is no easy task, and there's always an inherent pressure on artists to stay one step ahead of the trends. Songwriter, producer and keyboardist Philippe Saisse has thrived in this sink or swim environment by taking the kinds of creative risks that have kept him at the forefront over his illustrious 20 year career. In 2006, he hit the mark again with his The Body And Soul Sessions, his critically acclaimed #1 Billboard album of pop cover songs on Rendezvous Music. He particularly captured the imagination of contemporary jazz fans everywhere with his compelling piano and Fender Rhodes driven version of Steely Dan's "Do It Again."
Aaron LaCrate, of Milkcrate Athletics & Milkcrate Records fame, was born and bred on the streets of Baltimore, and this upbringing continues at the core of every creative endeavor he undertakes today. Starting at the young age of 10, LaCrate grew up djing parties in Baltimore clubs, lofts, and back yards, and has been running wild writing on walls and t-shirts, producing records, and documenting the Baltimore streets with his photographs. Since the days of his youth, Aaron LaCrate has been consistently original and has grown into a talented entrepreneur, garnering world-wide recognition for his trademark brand and sound, as well as his cultural influence on music and fashion, where his projects often masterfully blend the lines ofboth. From touring the world with Gutter Music, remixing artists as diverse as Madonna, Souljah Boy, and Young Mc to holding down the turntables as the official DJ alongside pals Mark Ronson, Dizzee Rascal, Lily Allen and Rakim; to Aaron's collaborations with Vans, Paris style emporium colette, Ed Banger Records + Justice + So-Me, and designing custom cashmere for Lucien Pellat-finet, Aaron LaCrate has constantly set trends and raised the bar for everything he touches, and especially Dj culture. To his credit, very few are able to cross genres and design mediums as seamlessly as Aaron LaCrate cuts a record or drops a new classic Milkcrate Athletics collection. Milkcrate Records' now classic B-more Gutter Music mix cd introduced Baltimore Club music to the world gaining critical acclaim and major media attention from Mtv, NME, Much Music, BBC, i-D, Dazed and Confused, New York Times, Village Voice, HHC, Fader, Urb, The Observer, The Standard, Uncut, GQ, making Gutter Music the future sound of Baltimore, and a permanent fixture on the music scene.
Cyrus Chestnuts reputation as one of the definitive jazz pianists of his generation is firmly established. His new album, CYRUS PLAYS ELVIS, is both conceptually audacious and solidly in the pocket: a pure jazz exploration of songs made famous by the rock n roll immortal Elvis Presley. From the first note, its obvious that their shared influences of blues and gospel link these two very different artists at the bedrock level. Cyrus treatments of these classic tunes run the full range of jazz moods: playful, virtuosic, lyrical and always deeply soulful.
The groundbreaking, category-shattering trio Time for Three transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. The members -- Zachary (Zach) De Pue, violin; Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass -- carry a passion for improvisation, composing and arranging, all prime elements of the ensemble's playing.
TYLER BATES' SCORE ALBUM FOR ROB ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN II FEATURES ALL NEW RECORDINGS PLUS MUSIC FROM ZOMBIE'S FIRST HALLOWEEN MOVIE
By KOCH Records August 21st 2009
Composer Tyler Bates joins Rob Zombie once again in the re-imagining of John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN II. Following the success of Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN, which premiered number one at the box office - breaking all Labor Day Weekend records, is the sequel, HALLOWEEN II, hitting theatres nationwide on August 28, 2009 from Dimension Films. HALLOWEEN II picks up where HALLOWEEN left off, and focuses on the struggles of Laurie Strode (played by Scout Taylor-Compton) and killer Michael Myers (played by Tyler Mane). The film also stars Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Brad Dourif, and Danielle Harris.