Norah Jones, “Don’t Know Why (Live)”
Norah Jones has shared a new live version of “Don’t Know Why” from her forthcoming first-ever live album, ‘Til We Meet Again, due out April 16 via Blue Note Records. Written by Jesse Harris, this was the hit song from the singer/songwriter/pianist’s fabled 2002 debut, Come Away With Me. This new live version of the song was recorded at Live au Campo in Perpignan, France, in 2018 and features Jones alongside organist Pete Remm, bassist Christopher Thomas and drummer Brian Blade. Listen here.
Steve Gadd Band, At Blue Note Tokyo (BFM Jazz)
Jazz fusion drum legend Steve Gadd positively grooves alongside members of the Steve Gadd Band old and new on his latest live recording. At Blue Note Tokyo features tracks handpicked and mixed from two sets they played at the legendary venue in December 2019, and three of its nine tracks are original compositions that have never been recorded or released by this band. “I just love to groove,” Gadd says. “It’s all about just sharing something that feels good.” Listen to “Where’s Earth? – Live” here.
Gary Bartz, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, Gary Bartz JID 006 (Jazz Is Dead)
Gary Bartz, who recently turned 80, has released Gary Bartz JID 006, his first album in eight years. The legendary saxophonist’s new record will be a collaboration with producers Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad for their Jazz Is Dead label, and is due out on April 2. “He’s a luminary that has contributed so much to music culture, for decades,” says Young about Bartz. “His musical ability is expanding with age and we’re honored to be a part of his world.” Listen to the track “Spiritual Ideation” here.
Georgia Anne Muldrow, “Mufaro’s Garden”
Georgia Anne Muldrow will release VWETO III on May 21 via FORESEEN/Epistrophik Peach Sound, and has shared “Mufaro’s Garden” from the record. The song is inspired by a folktale book called Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, the John Steptoe illustrations of which captivated Muldrow as a young girl. Speaking about the concept of her forthcoming LP, Muldrow explained via an official statement: “VWETO III is intended for movement. It’s to be played when you birth yourself back outside after a long introspective period to get the things you need. It intends for you to be your own superhero and wants to be your theme for power.” Watch the visualizer for “Mufaro’s Garden” here.