thoughtful write-up and review from Andy Beta
Resavoir's Spiritual Jazz Debut Offers Peace to Those Who Need It
The Chicago-based project's self-titled debut carries the looseness and optimism of a lively jam with your best buds.”
“Resavoir is a diverse collective from Chicago, under the direction of trumpeter Will Miller (Whitney, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne). The band's debut is both accessible and deep in its musical sensibilities, a blend of neo soul-jazz and elegant instrumental hip-hop. The aesthetic here is ethereal and beautiful, warranting repeated listens. —Matt Fleeger, KMHD”
This indie jazz upstart, led by Whitney’s Will Miller, will release its debut, self-titled album on acclaimed local label International Anthem. Once described as “Radiohead on a jazz trip,” Resavoir’s warm, lush sound is a perfect addition to the city’s ever-growing jazz scene. Miller’s background with sampling and loop experimentations served as the base for the music, which was later brought to the full band for a more fleshed-out sound. Featuring appearances from artists such as multi-instrumentalist Akenya, harpist Brandee Younger and Sen Morimoto, “Resavoir” is sure to appeal to music listeners young and old.
12 p.m. June 30, Logan Square Arts Festival, 3150 W. Logan Blvd. $5 suggested donation; logansquareartsfestival.com
Trumpeter Will Miller is probably best known for playing in local indie-pop band Whitney, but he's also worked with Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper, Mac Miller, and Twin Peaks—and he writes material for a group of his own called Resavoir. Last week, Resavoir dropped the righteous two-song digital single Escalator via International Anthem, and it includes a mind-blowing live version of the title track recorded at Co-Prosperity Sphere in June. Fans of Lonnie Liston Smith and Rotary Connection should dig Resavoir's humid soul-jazz vibe and irrepressible grooves!
Resavoir is a Chicago-based jazz collective that performs songs written by the group’s producer and arranger, Will Miller. The Oberlin Conservatory-trained musician is best known for being a member of indie rock act Whitney. For this project, he enlisted nearly a dozen of his friends in the collective to help bring his arrangements to life. Today, they’re announcing their first full length LP sharing the title track called “Resavoir.” Yep, they’ve joined the storied ranks of bands with eponymous songs.
With so many moving parts, the track proves to be a truly collective effort. “Resavoir” is calmly funky, as the lush and sometimes overflowing instrumentation proves rife with synths and horns. Soft doo-wopping background vocals uplift the trumpeting, which gives the air a psychedelic inflection. A jangling drum section is a grounded by a growing yet eerily lurching bass line. The tension is only relieved by a saxophone surrounded by distant seagull caws. As the swirl of sounds winds down, the melody blossoms into a twinkling harp arrangement.
03 “Taking Flight” (Feat. Brandee Younger)
08 “Escalator” (Feat. Sen Morimoto)
Resavoir is out 7/26 on International Anthem. Pre-order it here.
“One of the jazz world’s less fortunate elements is the antipathy that often arises between its mainstream and progressive wings. The straight-ahead crowd decries radicals for going too far and losing the essentials of the music; avant-gardists disparage the stodginess of orthodox practitioners—and neither acknowledges the commonalities between the camps. This residency is an antidote.”-Bill Meyer
photo by Cengiz Yar
Nice words in Pollstar about my performance with my project, The Weather Up There, and Resavoir at Nublu!
Excited to announce a special evening in Philadelphia on Jan 13th, 2018. check it here:
Jeff Parker guitar
Dustin Laurenzi saxophone, electronics
Mike King keys
Paul Bryan bass
Jeremy Cunningham drums
with special guest Ben La Mar Gay
Chad Taylor and Ben LaMar Gay open the evening.
I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited to perform at the Winter Jazz Festival in NYC on Jan. 12th. We will be performing music from my forthcoming album, The Weather Up There.
Jeff Parker gtr
Dustin Laurenzi tenor
Mike King piano
Paul Bryan bass
plus special guest Ben LaMar Gay
Merdidian Trio's debut recording "Triangulum, is out now on Clean Feed Records. We've worked hard developing this music for the past three years, and we are happy to get this music out into the world. Go here to check it out: https://cleanfeed-records.com/product/triangulum/
I made a cover of John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth," with my pal Yoni Wolf (Why?). All profits benefit the ACLU and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus! Go download and donate!
Huge thanks to Jeff Potter for the thoughtful words in Downbeat's March 2017 issue. Check it out!
I'm honored to be included in this excellent list of jazz albums from last year. If you haven't checked out Dave Sumner's blog, Bird is the Worm, go there and find a huge repository of beautiful music. Thanks Dave!
Jakob Baekgaard included my debut album on his best of jazz list! Im humbled, and very grateful. Close friend Jeff Parker's excellent album, The New Breed, is on the list as well!