What is the current state of jazz, you ask? You might ask genre-bending musician/producer/rapper Stephen Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, who also happens to be the nephew of John and Alice Coltrane. In a recent interview, Ellison lamented “it’s all gone quite stale over the past 20 years” and imagined that if Miles Davis “came back to Earth and heard a lot of these jazz cats, he’d be mad. He’d literally be mad, and he’d just go back to where he was dead at.” Given Miles’ infamous temper and disdain for the conventional, this isn’t hard to imagine at all. But whether you could call today’s jazz “elevator music” is a point I leave to others to debate.
HUGE shout-out to Grammy-nominated Nathan East for hitting 4…
Yes, 4 of Billboard‘s BEST OF 2014 lists, with his debut solo album!
Nathan’s self titled album is also nominated for the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at The GRAMMYs!!
Featuring Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins & more, the film debuts in December.
While bassist Nathan East was recording his first solo album last November, a making-of documentary was also part of the mix. But little did East know he would end up starring in a full-blown film that also chronicles his career from a wide-eyed 16-year-old touring with Barry White‘s Love Unlimited Orchestra to Grammy Award-winning session player for Daft Punk, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton and more.
Aptly titled For the Record, the documentary premieres on Hulu in December.
Last time we talked to bassist Nathan East about his experience in the wild world of Daft Punk, which included his playing on the smash hit “Get Lucky” and a star-studded Grammy performance. This time we went deeper into the past to dig into East’s time with eighties hitmaker and movie theme icon Kenny Loggins, for which he had to turn down a massive job, but included the Number One, Oscar-nominated track “Footloose,” and the performance at Live Aid that earned him his next huge gig.
AllMusic: Before we get into “Footloose,” what have you been working on since we last talked?
Nathan East: I was in Seoul promoting my record, and that went really well. The Korean audiences were young, vibrant and energetic, it was amazing. I went from there to Japan with Fourplay, we had a good run, and I went to Moscow, Denmark, Germany and the UK to do some bass clinics, so it was pretty extensive travel. We just got back from the Bay Area with Fourplay, and we’re starting our 25th anniversary album.
Also, I just played with Steven Tyler up in Canada. It was amazing, it was for the David Foster Foundation charity gala that he does every year, this one was in Calgary. Jennifer Hudson and Babyface were there, too, they participated in the show, but Tyler was my fave. We were the house band, so all those songs that we usually jam around on, like “Walk This Way,” we got to play with him, it was huge fun. That afternoon we determined the songs we’d play and we ran through them, but those songs are just in your psyche, so shame on you if you don’t know them. We had his stuff down. He had a good time, and it must be interesting to play with people who aren’t Aerosmith.
Fourplay’s Harvey Mason is nominated for Hall of Fame and Fusion in Modern Drummer’s 2015 Readers Poll.
Be sure to VOTE HERE TODAY!
Fourplay would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving!
We are so thankful for all of the amazing fans, friends, and family that make each day possible…not just today, but everyday!
MARTINIQUE JAZZ FESTIVAL
DECEMBER 6, 2014 @ ATRIUM
SHOWTIME: 20:00 [8:00 PM]
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Chances are, you spent your whole life listening to Nathan East.
You just never knew it…until now!