EP. 13 – Bitesize Edition: Smooth,neo-soul grooves, Mexico City vibes & latin piano jazz.


The Courtney Pine Global Podcast – Episode 13B


LAUNCH DATE Tuesday 12 July 2022 00:00 GMT



Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead – Denim                                                         3’59

Poetic SELF RELEASE – Track 6

Jonathan Barber (drums), Taber Gable (keys) Matt Dwonszyk (bs) 

Godwin Louis (alto), Andrew Renfroe (gtr) 



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Fantastic new album from drummer Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead – we’re lovin the smooth neo-soul grooves on this track!

“New York City-based Jonathan Barber was voted the #1 Up-and-Coming Drummer of 2018 in Modern Drummer. Only 29 years old, he has already recorded and toured worldwide with such artists as Pat Metheny, Nicholas Payton, Buster Williams, Jeremy Pelt, Wallace Roney, Terrace Martin, Jennifer Holiday, Harold Mabern, Steve Davis, Stefon Harris, and many more. Barber has also been called on for such significant performances as Jimmy Greene’s Ana Grace Project (with an all-star band comprised of Greene, Kenny Barron, John Patitucci, and Kurt Elling) and back-to-back sold-out concerts with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Erykah Badu at the BAM Opera House”.




            SLY5THAVE & ROBERTO VERÁSTEGUI – Ensencialmente                        5’23

Agua de Jamaica TRU THOUGHTS TRU416D – Track 5

Andres Marquez – Drums; Pablo Gonzalez Sarre – Bass
Roberto Verastegui – Rhodes/Organ/Piano/Dx 7 Reface/Prophet/Moog Synth Bass
Sylvester Onyejiaka – Tenor Sax/Drum Programming/Flute

(Sly5thAve & Roberto Verástegui/Full Thought Publishing)



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Get a taste of Mexico City on this exciting new collaboration – we love it!


“‘Agua de Jamaica’ is the first collaborative project between producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II AKA Sly5thAve and pianist and composer Roberto Verástegui. 


The pair originally met whilst studying Jazz in Texas and began piecing together the release on Sly5thAve’s first visit to Mexico, over a drink of Agua de Jamaica – a drink made with water, hibiscus flower and sugar. 


Recorded during lockdown in Mexico, the LP is built from a passionate and comprehensive understanding of Jazz, a love of Hip Hop and Mexico City’s ever-vibrant artistic culture, Latin flavours, and the African roots from which these sounds grew”.



      Josean Jacobo – Herencia Criolla                                                                        5’25

Herencia Criolla SELF RELEASE – Track 1

Josean Jacobo pno, Daroll Méndez bs, Otoniel Nicolás dr




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Afro-Dominican music pioneer Josean Jacobo’s doing such important work for Latin Jazz.  Here past and present meet and blend in such beauty….


“Jacobo’s latest release Herencia Criolla further explores the specific intersection of Afro-Dominican music and jazz — short field recordings transition into the main tracks, guiding listeners through the cultural inspiration behind each composition and arrangement, creating a bridge between history and its influence on the present. 


Jacobo continues to educate audiences on the impact Caribbean culture has on Jazz. Herencia Criolla, Jacobo’s latest archeological expedition, invites us to decolonize our musical mindset, honoring the complex diversity of musical influences that have forged Jazz into one of the most vibrant and influential art forms on earth”. 




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