We know you’re all eager to see & hear some clips of the band & we’re excited to share some soon! In the meantime, we wanted to showcase some individual clips of the band members displaying a few of the myriad of styles we cover in CMW Jazz...
Pop / Jazz: Here’s Matt playing some solo arrangements of a Wes Montgomery traditional jazz piece titled “Mi Cosa”, and the Sam Cooke classic “Cupid” in a latin jazz rhumba vein. #solojazzguitar#jazzguitar#samcooke#wesmontgomery#jazz#latinjazz#rhumba
Leon Bridges - Coming Home. First off I should say don’t look too closely at this pic as I’m no photoshop expert. 😅 Secondly, this album totally caught me by surprise! I’d seen the cover around for the last few years but had never bothered to give the guy a listen until recently when I saw a cover of Sam Cookes “Chain gang” by Leon bridges pop up on YouTube. I thought it was time to check this guy out. The title track blew me away! Talk about a throwback sound. He definitely wears his influences on his sleeve while creating some amazingly catchy soulful tunes. Plenty of Otis & Sam vibes in the vocal delivery and it’s all about more polished and pop sounding which I could see not being for everyone, but my wife and I are loving this one so far. I haven’t checked out his second album yet but I hear it’s not as much of a soul throwback as this one and a bit more contemporary sounding. I may check it out at some stage but if this is the only Leon Bridges album I ever get into, I’ll still be quite happy as I can tell this one is going to get a lot of spins in our house! Anyone else a fan of this album? What are your favorite songs? Along with Leon Bridges and Durand Jones (also pictured) what are some other modern soul acts everyone is digging?
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If you haven’t watched the Sam Cooke documentary on Netflix, you must watch it. What Sam Cooke was doing in the community and for the black Movement was IDENTICAL to what Nipsey was doing and he was killed at the age of 33 just like Nipsey. The Mafia Record Company didn’t like how he was trying to start his own label and put other blacks on to make money. They didn’t like how he was around Malcolm X and becoming politicized and they definitely didn’t like how much he wanted to do for black people in the community overall with economic empowerment. Identical stories. #nipseyhussle#samcooke#whitesupremacy#blackempowerment#blackman#blackwoman
Happy Birthday to one of Otis’ heroes, Sam Cooke! “If you took a little of Sam Cooke and a little of Little Richard, poured it in a jar, and shook it up and poured it out, you would get Otis Redding.” - Guitarist Steve Cropper
Listen to Otis’ take on “A Change Is Gonna Come” for the ultimate Sam Cooke celebration. Link available in Instagram Story. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today’s report features a scene from 1992’s classic biopic and Spike Lee joint Malcolm X, set to 1964’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”. Written and performed by genre icon Sam Cooke, this is one of the most moving and powerful soul songs of all time. It’s only fitting that the song serves as the backdrop for such a poignant and moving scene for this very important and culturally significant film.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, upon which the film is based, is one of my favorite books because of its compelling, inspirational narrative: a chronicle of Malcolm’s transformation from slick street hustler Red, to incendiary force for change Malcolm X, to spiritually enlightened El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. Malcolm’s raw, emotional truth, masterfully transcribed through the pen of future Roots author Alex Haley, was impossible to put down and I remember many a night on my first read I would constantly tell myself “just one more chapter before bed”. The film version is among Spike’s best directorial work. It wasn’t possible to include all of the detail of Malcolm’s life from the biography, but Lee did an incredible job encapsulating the most crucial moments and wrapping them up in an immensely enjoyable and artful package.
Denzel, of course, illustrates why he is among the best actors of the past couple of generations. Despite a relative lack of physical resemblance to the actual historical figure, Denzel -becomes- Malcolm. His metamorphosis into the legendary figure is sublime. Spike also assembled an amazing supporting cast, featuring Angela Bassett’s quiet strength as Betty Shabazz, Albert Hall as composite antagonist Baines, Al Freeman, Jr. as an extraordinarily spot-on Elijah Mohammed, Delroy Lindo’s West Indian Archie, the list goes on and on. The powerful score by Terence Blanchard is equally moving. Gen Z kids, check this out if you haven’t already. It is the best 202 minutes you’ll ever spend.