Saxophonist Korey Riker Flips Tiësto's "Summer Nights" + Talks His Sophomore 'Recognizance' LP

Saxophonist Korey Riker returns to debut the official live performance video for “Summer Nights” (Korey Riker’s Trap Jazz Remix) directed by Maximilian Images. The clip is anchored by a solid rework of the breezy dancefloor burner from Tiësto and John Legend that plies the driving rhythm of the original with a heaping helping of stank & soul. The groove heavy alternate take performed by Riker’s core quartet scores a night out on the town, which finds the musicians traveling from a formal gig at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to a more exclusive after hours hang at TIME – the unassuming back alley taproom that doubles as one of the city’s most celebrated jazz clubs. An ode to the vibrant live music scene that serves as a cornerstone of Philadelphia’s signature musical aesthetic and formidable jam culture, the video filmed in August features performances from guitarist Simon Martinez, bassist Jonathan Smith and drummer Lionel Forrester Jr. Flanking Riker, the band members deliver dueling performances of the face melting cut twice in one night. The latest formal offering since the 2015 release of Korey Riker’s sophomore Recognizance LP, the video is a subtle nod to his day job as a member of John Legend’s touring band and a living testament to the massive role that live performance has played in his development as a career musician — an experience Riker speaks to in reflecting on the 7-track project nearly one year after its arrival.

“I included a live version of a song on Recognizance because it was important for me to convey how dynamic live performance is in contrast to the material recorded in a studio and how much the personnel can shape the sound. Recognizance felt like I was reintroducing an artistic statement after a five year break. I think people should make more fearless records. You might as well put out what you want in this climate. Someone that really drove that into my head was Rich Nichols, the manager of The Roots who passed away. His fearlessness was intoxicating. I’m inspired by people who’ve followed the path of not caring too much about public opinion or trying to fit a mold. I’m proud of this record but I’m also excited to follow it up -— to find the next sound.”

If the “Summer Nights” (Trap Jazz Remix) is any indication, what’s next will be a lot more of Korey Riker breaking with convention to play full speed ahead. Check out the footage below to watch the full video for “Summer Nights.” Purchase Korey Riker’s Recognizance LP via iTunes. Get more via koreyriker.com.

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