Looking for some new sounds? Check out these albums released this week.
The trio’s new live album, which documents their 2007 acoustic tour, comprises five expansive tracks: “Doppler,” “Blues for Another Day,” “Ballade in C Minor,” “Where’s Sly,” and a medley of Charles Mingus’s “Nostalgia in Times Square” and Sun Ra’s anthemic “Angel Race.” “This stuff brings it back to when we used to hang out in this rented shack in Hawaii and make music together,” says drummer Billy Martin. “John had a prepared piano there that sounded like a gamelan instrument, and I had these funky drums that had mold growing on them. Or I might play the side of the shack or the railing going up the stairs and make it sound like a xylophone. We’d get into a lot of different stuff there, just having musical conversations in this intimate setting.” The band is embarking on their second acoustic tour across the Northeast this October.
Green Day ¡Uno! is the first album in Tré Cool and company’s trilogy, pragmatically titled Green Day ¡Uno!, Green Day ¡Dos!, and Green Day ¡Tré! The second installment drops November 13, the third on January 15.
October Modern Drummer cover star Dave King and band have a new album this week, Made Possible. It’s the group’s eighth studio effort and ninth release overall and features a loving nod to the late Paul Motian, “Victoria.” “This band contains some of the most punk energy I’ve ever seen or felt as a musician,” says King. “It just doesn’t need to do it so obviously. That’s our statement. It’s a complex emotion.” View a short documentary on the making of Made Possible here. And check out the October issue of Modern Drummer here.
The vibraphonist, percussionist, vocalist, and MC has been a member of the late-’80s MTV buzz band Billy Goat and cult faves Hairy Apes BMX, and currently plays with post-rock band Garage a Trois. For his latest solo album, he taps his recently assembled band from his current hometown of New Orleans, and cut the album straight to tape.
Guitarist Ritenour surrounds himself with high-profile veterans like Chick Corea, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Dave Grusin, and Marcus Miller, as well as winners of his 2012 Rhythm Section Competition, an international event he launched in 2009 as a guitar competition and later expanded to include aspiring keyboardists, bassists, and percussionists. Competition winner Selim Munir of Turkey and the guitarist’s nineteen-year-old son, Wesley Ritenour, appear on drums on one track each, alongside tracks with Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Sonny Emory, Will Kennedy, Peter Erskine, and Oscar Seaton.
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