Celebrating the retrospective release of several albums fromThe Supplicants, we hang with Sameer Gupta and take a listen to recordings of this influential Bay Area collective. Their music reflects the continuum of jazz from a global orientation, embracing the tones and textures of Africa, India, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe.
The Supplicants are:
David Boyce – saxophone Richard Howell – saxophone David Ewell – bass Sameer Gupta – drumset
This was an incredible chance to sit down with a living legend of music: Reggie Workman.
This conversation will be be broadcast on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY 6-9PM on June 12, 2019.
In 1961, Workman joined the John Coltrane Quartet, replacing Steve Davis. He was present for the saxophonist’s Live at the Village Vanguard sessions, and also recorded with a second bassist (Art Davis) on the 1961 albums, Olé Coltrane and Africa/Brass. Workman recorded frequently through the 1960s and performed with such icons as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Eric Dolphy, Gigi Gryce, Booker Little, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter, Red Garland, James Moody, Abbey Lincoln, Alice Coltrane, Booker Ervin, Horace Silver, Benny Golson, Cedar Walton, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Curtis Fuller, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Archie Shepp, Clifford Jordan, Bobby Hutcherson, Sonny Fortune, Billy Harper, and David Murray.
Reggie continues to push boundaries and create great work with Trio 3 and his own ensembles, with the top artists in Jazz and new music.
We got this lucky chance to speak with him because the Brooklyn Raga Massive performed A Love Supreme with Reggie Workman on June 9th as part of their Wall to Wall: John Coltrane Event.
We get to hang out with Ilusha and listen to selections from his new album, Yes & No. Singer and guitarist Ilusha Tsinadze was born in Soviet-era Georgia and emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 8. Yes & No is a musical conversation between the contemporary sounds of Brooklyn and the traditional music his family left behind in Georgia.
Ilusha has become recognized for his distinct interpretations of Georgia folk music following his first album, Deda Ena (Mother Tongue), the wildly successful single, Mokhevis Kalo Tinao,
and tours across the U.S., including a 2018 performance at Carnegie
Hall. With a background in jazz and many years spent playing in the NYC
music scene, he has found his own voice in the rich musical traditions
of his ancestors.
In making his latest album, Ilusha
collaborated with Grammy award-winning arranger and producer Kyle Sanna,
in Brooklyn, NY. He also traveled to Georgia with a laptop and mics in
hand, adding artists that have inspired him over the years. His American
musical collaborators are considered some of best world and jazz
musicians in New York City, including Peter Hess (clarinet, Slavic Soul
Party), Chris Tordini (bass, Tyshawn Sorey) and Vitor Gonçalves
(accordion, Anat Cohen).