Song of the Day: Andy James and Chris Potter, “Yesterdays” – Archyde

Le Coq Records broke the mold with the release of last January The Jazz All Stars Vol. 1, a star-studded affair with contributions from bassist John Patitucci, drummer Vinny Colaiuta, pianist John Beasley, trumpeter Terell Stafford and singer Andy James, among many others. The album was a brilliant mix of jazz standards and newly composed classics that together defined the sound of the label and its new generation of artists, a sound Le Coq calls “honest jazz”.

The year 2022 marked another highlight for the imprint as they recently announced the release of the second part of this series: All Stars Vol. 2. This second album promises to double the swing and swagger of the original with an even more eclectic mix of styles. Among the many highlights is a collaboration between vocalist Andy James and saxophonist Chris Potter on the standard “Yesterdays,” which is brimming with rhythmic inventiveness, harmonic ingenuity and narrative drama. You can stream it using the player below. The album is available for purchase and streaming now.

“With a core of amazing talent now joined by a host of incredible new voices, Le Coq Records presents The Jazz All Stars Vol. 2 offers a vibrant calling card for a label that is quickly establishing itself at the forefront of modern jazz,” said a label spokesman. “The best thing is that there’s a lot more to come in 2022.”

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