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David Bowie

Last week, David Bowie released the really great title track off his upcoming album '★' (pronounced "Blackstar") and now a new feature on Rolling Stone reveals more details on the album. LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, who remixed a song off his last album, plays percussion on two tracks on this one. He was going to be one of the producers at first too, but it never came to be:

LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy plays percussion on two tracks, though his role on the album was originally going to be much more significant. "At one point we were talking about three producers for the album: David, James and myself," says Visconti. "[Murphy] was there for a brief time, but he had his own projects to go off to." Adds Guiliana, "His role was never really defined. He brought in some synths and some percussion and had a ton of ideas."
Longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti also reveals that Kendrick Lamar was an influence on the record. He said, "We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar. We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn't do a straight-up hip-hop record. He threw everything on there, and that's exactly what we wanted to do. The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock & roll."

The article also reveals that he recorded the album with saxophonist Donny McCaslin's jazz quartet (featuring bassist Tim Lefebvre, drummer Mark Guiliana, and keyboardist Jason Lindner). Bowie went to see play a club in the West Village in 2014, and later that year they played with him on his single "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)." Jazz guitarist Ben Monder plays on a song too (album closer "I Can't Give Everything Away").

This album is sounding pretty exciting. Read more here and check out the '★' video below...

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Kamasi Washington

Brainfeeder-signed jazz musician and Kendrick Lamar/Thundercat collaborator Kamasi Washington is on tour now, and begins his two-night stay in NYC tonight (8/24) with 8 PM and 10:30 sets at the Blue Note and does it again on Tuesday (8/25). Tables for all four are sold out, but you can still reserve a spot at the bar.

His tour continues into the fall, and includes a return to NYC for a CMJ on October 15 at BRIC House. It's the first night of the venue's JazzFest Marathon, and also features Dessy Di Lauro's Neo-Ragtime, Dawn of Midi, Nir Felder, Kris Bowers, Brandee Younger, Takuya Kuroda, Ben Williams & Sound Effect, Donny McCaslin, and DJ Rich Medina. Tickets are on sale now, and the first 25 CMJ badge-holders will be admitted.

Updated dates are listed, with a video of a recent KCRW session, below...

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Nels Cline at Winter Jazz Fest 2011 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Nels Cline

As mentioned, Winter Jazz Fest is returning to NYC and it begins today (1/11) and continues through Saturday (1/12) across multiple NYC venues, including Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall, Zinc Bar, The Bitter End, Culture Project Theater, and The Bowery Electric with many artists including Colin Stetson, Rafiq Bhatia, Nels Cline, Debo Band, Vijay Iyer, Toshi Reagon, and more. Two day passes and single day tickets are on sale now.

Full schedule below...

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Colin Stetson
Colin Stetson

Sax wizard Colin Stetson is working on his new solo album which will be out at some point in 2013, but before that you'll get a chance to see him at an intimate NYC show with many guests at Zebulon on December 6. The show includes Colin doing a solo set, along with sets by Holly Miranda and her band, Sarah Neufeld on solo violin (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre), and Lone Wolf (aka Ryan Saywer). Then Colin, Sarah and Ryan will do a collaborative set with Stuart Bogie, Adam Roberts, and Ryan Ferreira. No advance tickets for this show.

Colin Stetson is also part of the lineup for the 2013 Winter Jazz Fest which goes down across multiple venues in NYC on January 11 and 12. Colin will be playing The Bitter End on 1/12. Other artists on this year's tentative lineup include Nels Cline, Rafiq Bhatia, Debo Band, Vijay Iyer, and many many more. The full tentative lineup (with still more TBA) is below.

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