Contemporary Bass Great - Stephen Bruner, Thundercat

Contemporary Bass Great - Stephen Bruner, Thundercat
"Session musician Stephen Bruner has played bass in other people’s bands for more than a decade. He can play metal, R&B, hip-hop, jazz. And he’s been folding all that into his own music, which he puts out under the name Thundercat…….But Thundercat says he learned how to play bass when he was a little kid by listening to three musicians: "I learned by listening to Jaco and Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller". All three bassists — Jaco Pastorius, Clarke and Miller — have also played all kinds of music: jazz, funk, rock, folk, fusion, pop and R&B. Thundercat feels a responsibility to remind people — musicians and listeners alike — of how much they miss if they don’t stay open to everything." NPR

Contemporary Bass Great - Stephen Bruner, Thundercat

"Session musician Stephen Bruner has played bass in other people’s bands for more than a decade. He can play metal, R&B, hip-hop, jazz. And he’s been folding all that into his own music, which he puts out under the name Thundercat…….But Thundercat says he learned how to play bass when he was a little kid by listening to three musicians: "I learned by listening to Jaco and Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller". All three bassists — Jaco Pastorius, Clarke and Miller — have also played all kinds of music: jazz, funk, rock, folk, fusion, pop and R&B. Thundercat feels a responsibility to remind people — musicians and listeners alike — of how much they miss if they don’t stay open to everything." NPR

Rudresh Mahanthappa speaks English….
English by Rudresh Mahanthappa on Grooveshark

Rudresh Mahanthappa speaks English….

English by Rudresh Mahanthappa on Grooveshark

Contemporary greats - Rudresh Mahanthappa
"Guggenheim fellow and 2009 Downbeat International Critics Poll Winner (“Rising Star-Jazz Artist” and “Rising Star-Alto Saxophone”) Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative young musicians and composers in jazz today." -  AllAboutJazz

Contemporary greats - Rudresh Mahanthappa

"Guggenheim fellow and 2009 Downbeat International Critics Poll Winner (“Rising Star-Jazz Artist” and “Rising Star-Alto Saxophone”) Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative young musicians and composers in jazz today." -  AllAboutJazz

You might have heard of these guys, they’ve done something…
"In 2009, the saxophonist and composer Steve Lehman gave jazz fans a thrill by making a recording that had the legitimate zing of new…."

You might have heard of these guys, they’ve done something…

"In 2009, the saxophonist and composer Steve Lehman gave jazz fans a thrill by making a recording that had the legitimate zing of new…."

Contemporary Master - Steve Coleman, Live 2013

Relentless, disorientating rhythm

Contemporary Greats - Steven Ellison (Flying Lotus):
 It isn’t by accident that Vijay Iyer chose to cover FlyLo’s  track “mmmhmm”. Related (distantly) to Jazz royalty (John and Alice Coltrane), the music of FlyLo may not strictly be jazz, but presents a current kind of jazz aesthetic. Often deeply layered, and with structures and sounds that extend far beyond typical “beats” production his music can veer from IDM into contemporary free jazz and back to a laid back vibe. He is apparently due to actually produce a jazz project (which may or may not be a good thing).

Contemporary Greats - Steven Ellison (Flying Lotus):

 It isn’t by accident that Vijay Iyer chose to cover FlyLo’s  track “mmmhmm”. Related (distantly) to Jazz royalty (John and Alice Coltrane), the music of FlyLo may not strictly be jazz, but presents a current kind of jazz aesthetic. Often deeply layered, and with structures and sounds that extend far beyond typical “beats” production his music can veer from IDM into contemporary free jazz and back to a laid back vibe. He is apparently due to actually produce a jazz project (which may or may not be a good thing).

"Sco" with Joe Lovano……Lost in Space…."Oh the pain, the pain!"
From his 1991 album, Meant To Be
Lost in Space by John Scofield on Grooveshark

"Sco" with Joe Lovano……Lost in Space…."Oh the pain, the pain!"

From his 1991 album, Meant To Be

Lost in Space by John Scofield on Grooveshark

Still making a joyful noise, contemporary guitar great John Scofield…”Sco”.
“After dropping out of the Berklee College of Music in the 1970s, he launched his solo career while also gigging and recording with Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Gary Burton, Billy Cobham and George Duke. He joined Miles Davis’ band in the 1980s for three notable Columbia records. He’s released an album of his own just about every year between 1977 and 1996. As the jazz world was arguably struggling for direction in the 1990s, Scofield became — along with Pat Metheny, Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Mike Stern and a few others — one of the few elite jazz-fusion guitarists to break through to a wider audience.” CT

Still making a joyful noise, contemporary guitar great John Scofield…”Sco”.

After dropping out of the Berklee College of Music in the 1970s, he launched his solo career while also gigging and recording with Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Gary Burton, Billy Cobham and George Duke. He joined Miles Davis’ band in the 1980s for three notable Columbia records. He’s released an album of his own just about every year between 1977 and 1996. As the jazz world was arguably struggling for direction in the 1990s, Scofield became — along with Pat Metheny, Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Mike Stern and a few others — one of the few elite jazz-fusion guitarists to break through to a wider audience.” CT

Mark Shim in action on Steve Lehman’s As Thing’s Change (I Remain the Same), from the album Travail, Transformation and Flow. He drops and drops hard at 1:20.
As Things Change

Mark Shim in action on Steve Lehman’s As Thing’s Change (I Remain the Same), from the album Travail, Transformation and Flow. He drops and drops hard at 1:20.

As Things Change

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Contemporary Tenor - Mark Shim
There doesn’t seem to be that much about Mark Shim around, I guess his sound speaks for itself, but there is this article on the origins of Mark Shim as a great contemporary Tenor.

Contemporary Tenor - Mark Shim

There doesn’t seem to be that much about Mark Shim around, I guess his sound speaks for itself, but there is this article on the origins of Mark Shim as a great contemporary Tenor.

Jonathan Finlayson strides out with his own project Moment and the Message
The Scaean Gates have opened……..

Jonathan Finlayson strides out with his own project Moment and the Message

The Scaean Gates have opened……..


(Source: downtownmusic.net)

One to watch - Jonathan Finlayson
"After graduating, Jonathan made the move to New York to attend The New School for Social Research. Before long, he began to perform with the musical pioneer Steve Coleman….The young trumpeter has also worked regularly alongside several of the most innovative artists in the field, including Ravi Coltrane, Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, and Tomas Fujiwara, and has been heralded as one of “25 Trumpeters For the Future” by DownBeat. (Jazzspeaks.org)

One to watch - Jonathan Finlayson

"After graduating, Jonathan made the move to New York to attend The New School for Social Research. Before long, he began to perform with the musical pioneer Steve Coleman….The young trumpeter has also worked regularly alongside several of the most innovative artists in the field, including Ravi Coltrane, Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, and Tomas Fujiwara, and has been heralded as one of “25 Trumpeters For the Future” by DownBeat. (Jazzspeaks.org)