So I get an email about an upcoming release from the Rhythm Future Quartet. No holiday tie-in, but clearly Jazz...and I do like Jazz. And, I dunno, right place, right time, right mood...I just really liked it and I thought you might like it too. What the heck, we've all probably had our fill of Christmas music for a day or two and could use a palette cleanser, right? And this one is sweet.
The group takes their name from a Django Reinhardt tune, Django and Stephane Grappelli being the masters (if not the fathers) of Gypsy Jazz. Rhythm Future Quartet are doing their part to not just keep Gypsy Jazz alive as a genre, but to expand its horizons by incorporating contemporary music and influences. RFQ features Berkeley professor Jason Anick on violin, Olli Soikkeli ("the Finnish boy wonder") and Max O'Rourke on guitars, and Greg Loughman on bass.
The new album, "Travels", was funded through Kickstarter (so there are some CDs already out there) and the official release date is February 26. Although, if you weren't in on the Kickstarter campaign, there's no pre-order spot at the moment, "Travels" should be available through Rhythm Future Quartet, Jason's web store and Bandcamp (and probably the usual on-line retailers).
Oh and, hey--holiday tie-in--there is a song on "Travels" called "Still Winter". So there's that. But, really, I just dig the sound. Especially this one. Yes, "The Keeper" is a keeper. They do it up nice.
And since we aren't doing anything right now other than riding out this winter storm, here's a sweet mashup of the classic "Summertime" and Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" from the eponymous Rhythm Future Quartet disc from 2013.