Aug. 20: Bobby McFerrin, a virtuoso who never met a musical genre he couldn’t wrap his supple vocal chords around convincingly, turns to spiritual music with his «Spirit-youall» album.
Aug. 14: The highly influential rapper El-P and the Outkast collaborator Killer Mike have joined forces as Run the Jewels. Their self-titled Fool’s Gold release showcases their brilliant, aggressive delivery of complex rhymes. As indie-rap veterans, both are at the top of their game, a refreshing antidote to Top 40 rap artists who peak at younger ages with skills far less honed. As Mike declares on the song «Get It», «I’m stuck in a time capsule J when rap was actually factual». With Kool AD (formerly of Das Racist) and Despot, who favor a highly intelligent use of carefully constructed innuendo and humor.
And then there are the «career» moves: cancelling an entire tour in May of 2012 and then extracting themselves from a contract with Epic Records and releasing an album called «No Love Deep Web» for free on the Web, with an image of an erect penis on the cover. The band’s erratic movements have no relationship to their live shows, however, which are reliably charged. Just check the online NPR recording of their (Le) Poisson Rouge show from last October.
The band is suspended somewhere between early hardcore, electronic noise, and an abandoned satellite of hip-hop. When Death Grips play at Webster Hall on Aug. 7, it will be entirely worth your while. If they show up.
JAZZ AND STANDARDS
Aug. 6-10: The exploratory post-bop impulse that unites the veteran members of Trio 3 (Oliver Lake, on saxophones; Reggie Workman, on bass; and Andrew Cyrille, on drums) is shared by the younger, though no less musically adventurous, pianist Vijay Iyer, who joins the band for this engagement.
Aug. 6-11: The fusion of jazz and the music of the Southern Hemisphere has been an obsession of the Cuban-born virtuoso clarinettist and saxophonist Pa-quito D’Rivera ever since he defected to the U.S., in 1981. His Panamericana Ensemble makes significant use of Victor Provost on steel pans.
DIZZY’S CLUB COCA-COLA
Aug. 5-8: Ali Jackson, a standout player in a generation swarming with exceptional drummers, heads lip a new quintet that includes his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra cohorts Sherman Irby, on saxophone, and Vincent Gardner, on trombone. Aug. A bittersweet birthday celebration will feature members of Miller’s Wingspan band, including the saxophonist Steve Wilson, along with the pianist Johnny O’Neal.
A slew of artists, the majority of Brazilian heritage, take to the stage here this month, They include Paulo
Szot (Aug. 5-11); Maucha Adnet and Helio Alves (Aug. 6); Chico Pinheiro and the Brazilian Dream Band (Aug. 8-11); and the Israeli-born clarinettist Anat Cohen and Choro Aventuroso (Aug. 20-25).
Aug. 7-11: Next Collective, which has such outstanding young players as the pianist Gerald Clayton and the saxophonist Walter Smith III, amalgamates post-bop jazz, R. & B., and pop with style. Aug. 15-18; Dr. Lonnie Smith. You might expect a sizable personality from a performer who wears a turban and has taken on an honorary title, and that’s what you get from Smith, one of the leading practitioners of the jazz organ since the mid-sixties. He’s here with his In the Beginning Octet.
Aug. Aug. 13-18: No living musician exemplifies the funky side of Blue Note Records’ classic era like the alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson. He’s a 2013 N.E.A. Jazz Master, and he’s here with his quartet, which includes the organist Akiko Tsuruga.