The Art of Cool Presents: Sputnik

The Art of Cool Presents: Sputnik

Shaun Martin, Braxton Cook, Buther Brown, Danny Blaze, SHAME, DJ RnB

Sat, April 29, 2017

5:30 pm

The Pinhook

Durham, NC

https://aocfest2017.eventbrite.com/?aff=pinhook17

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The Art of Cool Presents: Sputnik
The Art of Cool Presents: Sputnik
Drummer Robert "Sput" Searight II is best known for his work the the crowd-pleasing group Snarky Puppy out of Dallas, Texas, at least today. Back in the day, his group God's Property won a Grammy with Kirk Franklin in 1998 which was a major mark in Franklin and Searight's working relationship and with which he won a Grammy. Now, he's wowing crowds with Snarky Puppy on the kit, playing keys and producing here and there, and stepping out on his own with his group Sputnik. In all these things, he has been an upstanding performer, adept, precise, and deserving of attention.
Shaun Martin
Shaun Martin
Four-time Grammy winner Shaun Martin, #1 album on iTunes Jazz Chart.

Seven years ago Shaun began a project of his own. A story of his life, a contribution to the world of music from his eyes (and ears). In demand by many, Shaun took his time with the album as the story expanded to include a wider range of experience. And so, on July 7 we present to you SEVEN SUMMERS - a big chapter in the history of the great Shaun Martin. Seven Years. Seven Summers. Seven Seven.

Seven Summers is the record that you would expect when a seasoned player with roots in several genres takes the time to let the music unfold. Shaun narrates in a very personal way as the album opens, and then takes us through a project seven years in the making. A rollicking New Orleans second line track leads off (One Big Party), and the story continues with a breezy trip through jazz in some of its glorious variations. As we reach the center, three vocal tracks show the depth of Shaun's musical concept, composition, and arrangement. In the center of these three is the stunning Love Don't Let Me Down, sung by Claudia Melton with emotion and elegance. Once you've settled in with the soulful vocals, off we go again into a moving jazz track as we lead up to the crown jewel of Seven Summers - Madiba. Complete with narrative introduction, this one takes off with a shot as Shaun leads us into a trans-global explosion of style - Driving rhythm, powerful horns, dramatic jazz with a casual touch of fusion. The record comes to the end with a nod to Hip-Hop (All In A Day's Work) featuring Geno Young and RC Williams - a feel good track about the hustle of today's independent musician. The album ends with Shaun's sublime yet clear piano, and one can feel the curtain closing on an experience to remember and hold dear.

Seven Summers is an album that was clearly well thought out; a refreshing feel in today's world of instant production. "I'd say that 7 Summers is a chronicle of growth in character and perspective. As I grew over the last seven years, I experienced so much and I wanted to translate that through the music and lyrics...." (Shaun Martin)
Braxton Cook
Braxton Cook
Braxton Cook is one of this generation's brightest up and coming alto saxophonists and songwriters. He has performed alongside Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste and has toured the world many times over with Grammy Nominated Trumpeter Christian Scott. As a band-leader, he has already recorded and released two projects and is now currently working on his debut album. His newest music features not only his abilities as a saxophonist and songwriter, but also features his vocal abilities. Braxton melds all of these elements into his music creating a very unique genre-blending sound that is accessible to the avid Jazz listener as well as to the R&B and Soul music lover.

For more information, please visit www.braxtoncook.com
Danny Blaze
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA BASED ARTIST DANNY BLAZE IS A FRESHLY UNIQUE FUSION OF HIP-HOP AND R&B. BEFORE VENTURING ON A MUSIC CAREER OF HIS OWN, DANNY MADE A NAME FOR HIMSELF IN THE NC MUSIC SCENE AS A PART OF THE POPULAR DUO THE KOOLEST. LOOKING FOR A WAY OUT OF A GANG AFFILIATED LIFESTYLE THAT ALMOST COST HIM HIS LIFE SEVERAL TIMES, HIS ESCAPE ROUTE WAS FOUND UPON DISCOVERING HE COULD RAP. TOTING HIS SOUTHERN ENERGY, ADDING FLARE FROM HIS SOUL INFLUENCE, FAVORITE EAST COAST, WEST COAST, AND MIDWESTERN ARTISTS GARNERED HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN UP FRO BIG K.R.I.T., JUICY J, A$AP FERG, JOEY FATTS, KEY!, SMOKE DZA, AND MORE!
SHAME
Jaira/Brad/Payton/Ant/Chase


OKLAHOMA HARDCORE

PROMO 16' out soon on Cold Hand Records.

fuckshame.bandcamp.com
Venue Information:
The Pinhook
117 W. Main St.
Durham, NC, 27701
http://thepinhook.com/