New York street jazz is alive as ever. Jazz is not dead and it never will be with front runners of the scene like the impressive Gideon King & City Blog telling stories through intricate improvisation. The band of musicians has worked with legendary jazz oracles, including Herbie Hancock’s bassist James Genus, so one can only expect greatness on their forthcoming album and second studio debut, Upscale Madhouse, to ensue. Gideon King & City Blog are currently promoting the first track off of that album, “Fake it on Facebook,” which you can hear here.
Much like the blues spoke the truth of city life and laid down an escape route, Gideon King & City speak on the truths of our self-preoccupied redundancies. For some, life isn’t truly happening unless it’s posted to a live feed, and in this track, beautiful chord progressions, key scaling, and guitar scatting tell the story of a city woman, very desperate for money and affection, who is ultimately exposed as a narcissistic and misguided little girl.
Not only can you hear the jazz greats of past and present, but you also get a little bit of everything in between, like the Stevie Wonder soul of the ’80s, The Commodores of the ’60s and ’70s, and even some of Lionel Richie’s solo work via the 1990s.
The composition is beautifully puréed, and we can’t wait to hear the full album upon release in August. Until then, enjoy Gideon King & City Blog in an earth-shatteringly soulful performance of “Down by the River” below.