Batiste, Jon

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Anatomy Of Angels
New - LP - B0030525-01
Sealed 2019 Original. Live At The Village Vanguard. "Coming Off His Expansive, Grammy-nominated 2018 Studio Album Hollywood Africans, Jon Batiste Offers The More Intimate And Swinging Anatomy Of Angels: Live At The Village Vanguard. Recorded Live In 2018 During Batiste's Residency At The Storied Nyc-venue, Anatomy Of Angels Finds The Pianist Displaying His Fluid Jazz Chops Alongside His Longtime Stay Human Bandmates Bassist Philip Kuehn And Drummer Joe Saylor. As The High-profile Bandleader On Late Night With Stephen Colbert, Batiste Has Often Showcased His Eclectic Funk, R&b, And Even Pop Influences. Here, He Shifts To A More Traditional Jazz Sound That Evokes His Deep New Orleans Roots And Passion For The Music Of Innovative Bebop Pianist Thelonious Monk. The Opening Trio Original, "Creative," In Particular Evinces Monk As Batiste Kicks The Song Off With An Angular, Rhythmically Dynamic Intro Before Settling Into A Jaunty, Mid-tempo Groove. Similarly Engaging Is His Rambling "Dusk Train To Doha," In Which He Launches Into A Cascading Rubato Intro Before Settling Into The Song's Slow-burning And Bluesy Midsection. Batiste Also Brings Along A Series Of Guests Including Lake Street Dive Singer Rachael Price, Who Pairs With The Pianist For A Dusky, Urbane Reading Of Ray Noble's "The Very Thought Of You." Later, He Expands His Trio To An Octet With Trumpeters Giveton Gelin And Jon Lampley, As Well As Saxophonists Patrick Bartley And Tivon Pennicott, For A Dynamically Robust Ensemble Performance Of Monk's Classic "Round Midnight." The Same Group Also Sticks Around For A Lively Version Of Batiste's Own Modal-tinged Title Track. While Batiste Has Long Been Recognized For His Charisma And Cross-pollinated Sound, With Anatomy Of Angels He Spotlights His Richly Textured Jazz Chops." AMG Review By Matt Collar. more
Hollywood Africans
New - LP - B0028868-01
Sealed 2018 2LP Gatefold Original. Side D Is Etched With Image Of A Tree. Co-Produced By Batiste With T. Bone Burnett. more
Hollywood Africans
New - LP - B0028868-01
Sealed 2018 2LP Gatefold Original. Side D Is Etched With Image Of A Tree. Co-Produced By Batiste With T. Bone Burnett. more
We Are
New - LP - 00602435561653
Sealed 2022 Original. A 2022 Grammy Winner. "In May 2020, Pianist And Vocalist Jon Batiste Released The Song "We Are" In Support Of The Black Lives Matter Protests. A Year Later, He Expanded That Song Into The Vibrantly Cross-pollinated Full-length Album We Are. While Jazz Is Always At The Core Of Batiste's Work, On We Are He Dips Back Into The Genre-bending Pop And R&b-influenced Sound Of His Stay Human Ensemble (Whom He Famously Performs With On Cbs' The Late Show With Stephen Colbert). He's Assisted By A Bevy Of Production Collaborators, Including Jahaan Sweet, Pomo, And Ricky Reed. We Also Get Appearances By Mavis Staples And Quincy Jones, As Well As Batiste's Father, Michael Batiste, And Grandfather David Gauthier, All Of Whom Add Layers Of Authenticity And Biographical Texture To The Album. While Universal In Tone, We Are Is Beautifully Inspired By Batiste's Life Growing Up In New Orleans. The Record Opens With The Title Track, A Passionate, Gospel-accented Anthem Featuring The St. Augustine Marching Band From His High School. We Also Get "Boyhood," A Funky Ode To The Big Easy That Finds Batiste And Fellow New Orleans Natives Pj Morton And Trombone Shorty Celebrating How The Families, Food, And Culture Of Their Hometown Shaped Their Lives. Batiste Sings, "I Said I'm Far From Home But I Always Represent/i Thought I Had So Much Time, I Don't Know Where It Went/but Now That I'm Grown I Know What It All Meant/no Place Like New Orleans." Using The Best Of The Past To Build Toward A Better Tomorrow Is A Stirring Notion That Pervades The Album, Both Musically And Thematically. He Draws Upon The Vigorous Grooves Of New Orleans Funk Pioneers The Meters With "Tell The Truth" And Crafts A Buoyant, Psychedelic-soul Vibe With The Help Of Author Zadie Smith On "Show Me The Way." One Of The Most Vivid Encapsulations Of His Old-meets-new Sound On We Are Is "I Need You," An Electric Amalgam Of Boogie-woogie Blues And Vintage Hip-hop Attitude -- Like An Impossible Combination Of Little Richard And Outkast. Batiste's Genre-mashing Reinforces The Album's Theme Of Intergenerational Wisdom, And It's Also Wonderfully Fun." more
World Music Radio
Colored Vinyl - New - B0038146-01
Sealed 2023 Limited edition indie exclusive pressing on Baby Blue vinyl. Hype sticker on shrink. more
World Music Radio
New - LP - B0038146-01
Sealed 2023 original gatefold pressing, on black vinyl. Hype sticker on shrink. "Pianist and singer Jon Batiste has always wanted to try and heal people with his music, bridging musical, cultural, and political divides. It was the modus operandi of his long-running Stay Human ensemble, who later brought their message of unity and love to a wider audience via their time as the house band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It was also the underlying ethos at work on Batiste's Grammy-winning 2021 album We Are, a genre-crossing pop production informed by his deep jazz and New Orleans R&B roots. With 2023's World Music Radio, he again seeks to heal across boundaries, crafting a soul- and dance-infused album that feels like something Stevie Wonder might have made in the 1980s, but colored by his own distinctive blend of contemporary pop and jazz harmonies. Loosely conceptual, World Music Radio is designed to play as the broadcast of interstellar radio DJ Billy Bob Bo (voiced by Batiste), whose message of global unity bookends the album. Particularly Wonder-esque is the adult-contempo-ish "Calling Your Name," replete with a harmonica solo and fuzzy synth backgrounds. Equally evocative is the '70s roller disco vibe of "Call Now (504-305-8269)," which finds the pianist's father, Michael Batiste, laying down a funky bass line. Also lending their voices are a handful of guests, including JID, NewJeans, and Camilo, who jump on board for the pop-reggae number "Be Who You Are," and Jon Bellion and Nigerian rapper Fireboy DML, who bring an uplifting soulfulness to the Afro-beat-inflected "Drink Water." More high-profile collaborators pop up, including Lana Del Rey, who duets on the emotive album closer "Life Lesson," Lil Wayne on "Uneasy," and even saxophone icon Kenny G, who brings his smooth sound to a brief version of "Clair de Lune." Despite all of these guests and shifting stylistic moods, World Music Radio holds together nicely. The production has an organic, musically experimental vibe that feels like Batiste is really bridging his jazz and pop influences. There's also a sense that he is digging deeper emotionally after a tough few years. In 2021, his wife, writer Suleika Jaouad, battled a recurrence of leukemia that eventually led to her undergoing a bone marrow transplant. During her hospitalization, Batiste wrote her lullabies as a way of offering comfort. One of them, "Butterfly," a spare piano ballad in the Paul McCartney tradition, is included on World Music Radio and proves one of the most indelible songs on the album. There are other candid tracks, like the gospel-inflected "Wherever You Are" (which sounds like it was recorded live at church) and "White Space" (a lilting, impressionistic piano ballad where Batiste coos through a vocoder). It's in these intimate moments on World Music Radio, when Batiste sounds like he's jamming out at home or singing directly to a loved one, that you can truly feel that his desire to heal the world comes from a deeply personal place." AMG - Matt Collar. more

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