URB helps celebrate the 20th anniversary of the legendary UK label Ninja Tune with the except from the book, Ninja Tune: 20 Years of Beats and Pieces. This chapter, titled “The Broadest Beats,” explores the long history of innovative performances by Ninja artists around the globe.
After 20 years, most labels would shut down their A&R and coast on the veteran artists who brought them success. But for Ninja Tune and sister label Big Dada, the two decade anniversary seems like a catalyst for taking chances, with over a dozen releases by young artists either dropped in 2010 or scheduled for 2011. Here’s a quick look at some of the new blood. …MORE
Montreal`s annual summer soiree for jazz fanatics (and music fans of all stripes), officially ends Tuesday. The festival suffered a bit of an off year in 2010, locals said, as sets from Lou Reed (with John Zorn) were booed and cancellations of anticipated appearances from Rakim and Daniel Lanois`Black Dub dogged determined show seekers. But there were more than enough bright spots among the festivals expertly currated late night gigs (which run concurrent to the festival) at smart downtown venues such as Club Soda and Metropolis to make up for any cancelations at larger Jazzfest forums. …MORE
All City Records continues their wonderful LA 10 x 10″ series, this time featuring Carlos y Gaby and GB (Gifted and Blessed). The duo of Carlos y Gaby (Carlos Nino and Gaby Hernandez) and GB, highlight’s some of Los Angeles’s best kept secrets. Carlos Nino is one of LA’s musical driving forces, organizer, producer, arranger, composer, and DJ. He’s worked with Dwight Trible, seminal jazz group Build an Ark, MC John Robinson, and has released a slew of records via labels such as Ninja Tune, Kindred Spirits, Alpha Pup and others. He’s also responsible for the Suite for Ma Dukes EP alongside Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. GB (Gifted and Blessed) has worked with folks such as Steve Spacek, …