Sam Wilkes releases second album One Theme & Subsequent Improvisation

The legend that is bassist, producer and composer Sam Wilkes, a key player in the Los Angeles’ contemporary jazz scene, released last week his second full-length album, One Theme & Subsequent Improvisation, through Leaving Records. The album sprouted from one improvisational recording session also featuring two drummers, a Maestro Rhythm King drum machine, and two synthesists, who played “one repetitive theme that led to two subsequent movements of improvisation”, as the press release explains. Wilkes then tried “find new music through an immersive process” and “decided to destroy the audio of predetermined sections of the music through tape, sampling, and effects experiments.”
One Theme & Subsequent Improvisation is one of those records that you can’t put away. Get a taste with ‘The Drums’ below.

Sam Gendel & Sam Wilkes set to release Music For Saxofone & Bass Guitar More Songs later this month

Two prominent names in the Los Angeles’ contemporary jazz scene and in-demand collaborators, Sam Gendel and Sam Wilkes released Music For Saxofone & Bass back in 2018. The pair are ready to follow it up with Music For Saxofone & Bass Guitar More Songs, a record featuring nine tracks from their live performance archives, including new songs and covers. Music For Saxofone & Bass Guitar More Songs arrives on July 21st through Leaving Records and ahead of it Gendel and Wilkes have shared ‘Cold Pocket’. Take a listen.

Mixtape #122

We are thrilled to have Bandler Ching kick off the year with our first mixtape of 2021. The Brussels based quartet, led by composer and saxophonist Ambroos De Schepper, swept us away with their effortless and groovy blend of contemporary jazz, electronics, hip-hop and noise. Their sterling first EP, Sub Surface, came out last autumn and with a debut album set for release this year, it’s a given that Bandler Ching will be making a splash in 2021. So it's with great joy that we present the phenomenal mix they put together for us. Feast your ears on this!

  1. Pierre Schaeffer – Étude Violette [INA-GRM / Librairie Séguier]
  2. Carate Urio Orchestra – Lover [Klein]
  3. Visible Cloaks – Terrazzo (ft. Motion Graphics) [Rvng Intl.]
  4. SCHNTZL – Tujiko [W.E.R.F.]
  5. Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man, That Will Find You [Phantasy Sound / Because Music]
  6. Earl Sweatshirt ft. Knxwledge – Balance [adult swim]
  7. Kate Tempest – Firesmoke [American Recordings]
  8. Shungu – Page 20: I Feel In Exile [Hot Record Societe]
  9. D’Angelo – Chicken Grease [Virgin / EMI]
  10. Bill Withers – Kissin’ My Love [A&M Records]
  11. WHOMAN – Shiny
  12. Sam Gendel & Sam Wilkes – Kiefer No Melody [Leaving Records]
  13. Sam Amidon – Light Rain Blues [Nonesuch]
  14. Thom Yorke – Runwayaway [XL Recordings]
  15. Frank Harris & Maria Marquez – Canto del Pilon [Third Wave Productions]
  16. Soft Focus – Flowers [San-kofa Rhythm Records]

Sam Wilkes shares new single from upcoming live album Live On The Green

Photo: Roman Koval

Bassist Sam Wilkes has a new live record on the way, Live On The Green, and he had already teased it with the first single ‘Alma’. Live On The Green features songs and alternate versions from Wilkes, his debut album, as well as other new tracks, including a beautiful cover of Alice Coltrane’s track ‘Sivaya’. Wrap your ears around it.

Live On The Green is out on November 8th through Leaving Records.

Sam Wilkes announces new live album Live On The Green

Following the release of his debut album, Wilkes, bassist Sam Wilkes is set to release a live record entitled Live On The Green. Due out on November 8th through Leaving Records, it features songs and alternate versions from his debut as well as new tracks, and sees Wilkes joined by Sam Gendel on alto saxophone, Jacob Mann on Roland Juno 106 and Korg Kronos, Christian Euman on drums, and Adam Ratner and Brian Green on electric guitars.

Ahead of its release, Wilkes has shared the first single ‘Alma’. Take a listen now.