New Orleans is a city steeped in tradition, but a big part of this culture is constant evolution via improvisation and innovation. That may be why James Singleton is one of the busiest bassists in town. He’s been a mainstay of the scene for over four decades by playing a myriad of styles with numerous music legends such as Chet Baker, Charlie Rich, Ellis Marsalis Jr, James Booker, Stanton Moore, John Scofield and John Medeski, just to name a few. Beyond a standard sideman, Singleton is an accomplished composer and improviser that continues to hone in on his sound by experimentation.
Singleton is perhaps best known as a founding member of the seminal New Orleans modern jazz group Astral Project, as well as more recent experimental outfit Nolatet with vibraphonist Mike Dillon, pianist Brian Haas and Astral Project drummer Johnny Vidacovich.
As a composer, bassist, band leader, and multi-instrumentalist Singleton presents true modern experimental jazz which draws from both rock and orchestral roots. His band is a real powerhouse of improvisers and each a respected player in their own right. James has played behind many major artists over the last 35 years including a 32 year run with the all-star modern jazz band Astral Project.
It is for all these reasons that Malabar, Singleton’s new full-length recording as a band leader, is something of a miracle.
Malabar marks the first time on vinyl for Singleton’s compositions, and was executed by a stellar and versatile New Orleans sextet for local Sinking City Records imprint, which offers the vinyl cut at most of your record stores starting April 15th, and the digital version on Bandcamp.com.
The music on Malabar will likely call to mind Dave Holland’s Conference of the Birds, Charles Mingus’ Black Saintand the Sinner Lady or Charlie Haden’s Liberation MusicOrchestra. But Malabar is no throwback to 1963 or 1973. Singleton’s vision is firmly cast, forward and up. And the work here has as much to do with the aforementioned Chicago experimentalists and some of their cohorts like Luke Stewart, Ken Vandermark, and Rob Mazurek. Malabar is another chapter, a new chapter in James Singleton’s evolving songbook, and one that will be remembered as such for years to come.
Tonight, Singleton presents the music from his new album on New Orleans’ own Sinking City Records, featuring five of its six players:
James Singleton – bass, trumpet and effects
Justin Peake – drums and electronics
Rex Gregory – clarinet, flute, saxophone
Brad Walker – saxophones
Jonathan Freilich – guitar
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