Whether it’s calligraphy, the serving and drinking of tea, or the uniquely Japanese experience of listening to jazz LPs playing through rare vintage sound systems at specialized cafés, these ceremonies are revered.
London-based selector and creative influencer Donna Leake’s vinyl-only NTS Radio show is a window onto how a virtuoso assembles enigmatic jazz hooks. Whether of the spiritual, straight, rock, fusion, or psychedelic varieties, Leake’s uncanny ability to mix jazz with rock, Afro-disco, dub and boogie takes listeners on a genre-bending deep dive through an astral plane of the recherché every episode.
Sam Shepard, who works under the pseudonym of Floating Points, is releasing a new hybrid electronic-jazz album with saxophone legend Pharaoh Sanders on March 28 titled Promises. Put together under David Byrne’s Luaka Bop record label, the LP is a continuous piece of music in nine parts and is credited as a composition for saxophone, strings, keyboards and electronics.