When the names Nikki Glaspie, Nigel Hall, Nick Cassarino, or Nate Edgar come across my desk it always catches my attention for good reason. When they all came together across my desk, I knew I had something special on my hands. ‘Basic Minimum Skills Test’ finds the group delving into “epic blends of funk, jazz & soul” under the auspices of The Nth Power.
The Instruments Issue centers on exceptional, challenging or thought-provoking moments and movements in jazz. At the heart of our creative energy for this issue is an insistence on understanding the musician’s experience and illuminating the mystery around their instruments.
A rare all-star collection of some of the brightest musicians in music today. Power of Soul f. Nikki Glaspie, Mark Kelley (The Roots), Rene Del Fierro, Basll Wajdowicz plus special guests! With performances by singer/songwriter Jennah Bell , 13-piece band that blends West African rhythms with funk, jazz and soul; Zongo Junction and DJ Raydar Ellis spinning throughout the night at Southpaw (Brooklyn).
The Revivalist gives a big shout out to our girl Nikki Glaspie, who plays drums on Beyonce’s upcoming studio album entitled ‘4’. Glaspie is a Berklee alum who has played alongside everyone from Vernon Reid, Pharoahe Monch, Meshell Ndegeocello, and has been playing for Beyonce since 2006–starting in her all female band–and has since been on world-wide tours with the pop icon. Glaspie appears on “Party”, “Love on Top”, “I Care” and the bonus track on ‘4’ “Lay Up Under Me”. Congratulations Glaspie for representing the hard working musicians out here. We think you deserve a little shine!
The most rewarding thing about being in the jam band circuit is the fans – really – their love for music. Their pure, raw emotion. Whatever you are feeling coming out of your instrument, they appreciate. They love it. They never come to the show expecting to hear the same thing they heard at the last show. They’re not unhappy if you don’t play a particular song.
Behind every pop star is a team of talented musicians who bring the music to life. To shine some light on all the musicians who play on the tracks you love, we here at The Revivalist have put together a little guide to some of our favorite jazz musicians who also moonlight as studio and live musicians for some of hip-hop and R&B’s royalty.