THE HOUSTON-born, NYC-resident jazz musician Leron Thomas, who’s dropped some superb, intelligent and eclectic funky tracks right across this year, is celebrating the release of his new album, More Elevator Music, on Lewis Recordings with a live-streamed showcase of the album from Rough Trade at 6pm tomorrow, October 2nd – and you can expect a very, very special guest.
If you’ve missed out on the groove Leron has been plying, well, lookee here, we got this: there’s the smooth jazz-soul of “Corporate”, which he shared with us in May; he followed that in midsummer with the conscious tale-telling of “Blind”, in which a man hides in the routine of his rice and beans; and just last month, the absolutely outrageous P-funk of “Endicott” – that’ll knock you into a very glittery, outsize cocked hat. Kapow.
More Elevator Music contains a dozen tracks of jazz-edged hiphop, ever alive, curious, questioning, and one of the collaborators assembled for the record will be appearing from Rough Trade: none other than Iggy Pop, for whom Leron both produced and guested on last year’s Free album.
Enough already. You need to be there, while wholly remaining where you are, if you see what I mean.