Album Review of Takuya Kuroda's Fly Moon Die Soon by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture Magazine

Takuya Kuroda, Fly Moon Die Soon – ALBUM REVIEW #28

Excellent news from (and for) the jazz microcosm: trumpeter and Berklee graduate Takuya Kuroda is back with Fly Moon Die Soon, his fifth album

Piri Piri (from his album The Rising Son) was our first encounter with Takuya Kuroda’s musical expression. This was already six years ago. As his album releases go by, we are delighted -but definitely not surprised- by the fact that Takuya didn’t lose any of his former spice along the way.

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Portrait of Daniel Hanson aka Fast Preacher

Fast Preacher (for Figure It Out, out now) – ITW #27

Glamorous enlightened people of all kinds, rejoice! Daniel Hanson and his Fast Preacher project just released Figure It Out, or in other words, what you dreamed of hearing after typing “alternative” on your favorite search engine.

Remember TALsounds, Stuck and NIIKA? As demonstrated on Slow Culture more than once, Chicago is currently overflowing with inspirational musical power. Figure It Out, Fast Preacher’s latest release is no exception, and was in fact the missing spice to our recent cultural wonderments.

The album is out now (link to the project’s Bandcamp at the end of the article), and multiple music players will give you a taste of Daniel’s songwriting all along the interview.

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Album Review of Cathlene Pineda's Rainbow Baby by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

Cathlene Pineda, Rainbow Baby – ALBUM REVIEW #27

The first notes of Rainbow Baby instantly let us believe that keeping quiet about this album for long was an impossible mission. To be honest, at that time we didn’t know much about Cathlene Pineda despite her indisputable talent and extensive curriculum.

We first heard Cathlene’s music the exact same way we would have heard the music of an interesting stranger. Thanks to her vivid sense of communication and her generosity of spirit, we now hear Rainbow Baby the exact same way we would listen to the music of a friend.

And we really hope you will too.

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Interview of drummer Dan Drohan by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture - Picture by Emile Bertherat

Dan Drohan (for You’re a Crusher / drocan! out on June 26) – ITW #26

On June 26, drummer Dan Drohan releases You’re a Crusher / drocan!, his not-so-solo project in the form of a double album.

This forthcoming album is the kind of creative work made to be enjoyed from A to Z without interruption. Not because the tracks are inaccessible, but because tasting them one by one would remove the true value of experiencing Dan’s music.

The music itself and the way it unfolds is unexpected, protean, highly energetic and yet delicate, definitely measured. Yes, pun intended.

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Leni Stern (‘4’ album, out June 19th) – ITW #25

Legendary guitarist Leni Stern releases her forthcoming album ‘4’  on June 19th. ‘4’ is an album recorded with three other musicians and featuring an appearance of her husband Mike Stern.

As our readers know, we love jazz! Beyond our love for this genre, this album and this interview demonstrate once again Leni Stern’s intercultural intelligence and musical thoughtfulness.

Find our two favorite songs off ‘4’ in this article, plus a video of Leni and Mike playing together.

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