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REVIEW: The Revive Big Band Take Over Harlem Ahead of NYC Winter Jazzfest


After catching Igmar Thomas and the Revive Big Band last month at the Red Rooster, we had to run it back for round two. The group hit the stage at 7:30 to a packed room and began to indulge us in their brand of forward-thinking jazz that inches into hip hop territory.

“Trane Thing,” a track off the Revive Music Blue Note release Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 made an appearance in the set, yielding excitement from the crowd as a familiar Coltrane riff filled the air. With a powerful horn section on stage, Igmar stood as conductor for the majority of the show, letting a raging trumpet solo out in the end. A new track, that debuted the last time we saw the band, called “R&P” fuses trap and jazz together in a way that we saw on Kendrick Lamar’s massive single “Alright.” Definitely looking forward to that one seeing a proper release in the near future.

Native New Yorker Stimulus was on hand to lend a rap during a more uptempo song. The former member of The Real Live Band controlled the microphone with the perfect bit of rhythmic vocals during a night that stayed mostly instrumental. Look out for the Berlin-based MC/DJ as he continues to release new music and mixes on his Soundcloud account.

Revive Music is slated to host a massive night at the upcoming New York City Winter Jazzfest. Terrace Martin, KING, Terry Slingbaum, and more are slated to perform at The Bitter End on January 15th for a night of music that celebrates the center-point between jazz, hip hop, and soul music.


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