Help me name this song for my jazz album

I’m struggling to find a good title for this song. The music for the album is inspired by the concept of liberation. I like the direction and mood of the music in this piece but not sure what I should call it. If you don’t mind please listen to it. I’d love to know if there are any words or images that come to mind when you hear it. Let me know what you think in the comments!


Narrowing Down Songs for My Jazz Album

Here’s a live recording of some material I’m considering for my jazz album. It features my friends Greg Artry on drums and Steven Jones on piano. One of my favorite parts of the album planning process is testing songs on an audience to see if they resonate with people. I’d love to know if the song in this recording stands out to you. Let me know in the comments!


Zo! and Carmen Rodgers at The Greenwich Cincinnati

This past weekend I met up with with my friends Zo! and Carmen Rodgers for a show at The Greenwich in Cincinnati. They are touring in support of their respective albums Skybreak (Zo!) and Stargazer (Carmen). Both albums are very dope and we played nearly all my favorite songs from each. 

I made an audio recording of the show and gathered a couple of videos for you to check out below. If you like the music be sure to support Zo! and Carmen Rodgers by buying the Skybreak and Stargazer albums. They make great music.

Also, I’d like to shout out Cincinnati spoken word artist and author, TruFiyah who organized the show and provided awesome hospitality to us while we were in town. Like her Facebook page!


Listen to the Entire Show


Watch a Video Clip


Get the Skybreak and Stargazer Albums


Which Track Do You Like?

I’m in the process of narrowing down the songs for my hip hop instrumental album and could use your help. Please listen to these two tracks and let me know which one you like better. They’re both still rough but your feedback will be very useful to me in making a decision about which to use for the album. Thanks and I look forward to reading your comments.


1969 Film Featuring James Baldwin and Dick Gregory Inspires Music for My New Album

Here’s a documentary that’s inspiring some of the music for my upcoming albums. It features a discussion by James Baldwin and Dick Gregory on the black experience in America and how it relates to the Caribbean and Great Britain. The film was created in 1969 but is still very relevant to the times we live in today. I have much respect for artists like Baldwin and Gregory who took their talents beyond the realm of entertainment used their gifts to make a difference in the world. I aspire to do this in my own way. The video is below for you to check out. If you know of similar films let me know in the comments.


Peicing Songs Together for My Album

 

I’m really excited about how my 2 albums are progressing. The toughest part is sorting through all the music I have and figuring out which pieces fit together the best. Below are two beats I started that I would like for you to listen to. I think they both have a good groove and will work well together. As you probably know, I value your input. So please let me know if you think these two beats will fit well in the same body of work. Thanks!


Creative Inspiration for My New Album: Minnie Riperton

I’m working on material for a new instrumental hip hop album. One of my favorite parts of the creative process is digging through old records and movies for samples and inspiration. This time around I want to invite you into this process and share a few things I’m checking out that I think you might also like. Minnie Riperton’s Come to My Garden album is one of my go to albums for getting inspired to create music. It’s full of brilliant orchestral arrangements by Charles Stepney and soulful grooves played by Ramsey Lewis, Maurice White and Cleve Eaton. Check it out. Also if you know of any similar albums I should listen to let me know in the comments!