JSWISS had a successful album debut/birthday show last month at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City with his band and special guests Amma Whatt, Marcus Machado, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, Chandanie and Rini. Check out the video recap below with highlights, including snippets of yet-to-be-released music from JSWISS’ upcoming album.
JSWISS and guitarist Wes Mingus, who has played on albums from the Wu-Tang Clan and Ghostface Killah separately, packed the house at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City for a unique duo show that featured Wes crafting all of the music on baritone guitar and loop pedal. They also invited No9to5’s own Chandanie and well as emcee Silent Knight, saxophonist Atsushi Ouchi and trumpeter Matt Giella into the mix as guests throughout. Watch recap video of some of the best moments above, shot by 1221 Media & Entertainment.
What is an emcee?
An emcee has a command of language, top notch wordplay and delivery, and pays close attention to the words he chooses. An emcee wants you to hear every word he says. An emcee has command over all elements of the music and doesn’t simply rap over it, but becomes one with it, both dictating and adapting with the ebbs and flows of the soundscape. On the “No Music” EP, JSWISS shines as the epitome of an emcee.
Whether it’s the feel-good vibes of “Sunshine To Rain”, the party vibes of title track “No Music” or the introspective bars of “Figure It Out” JSWISS demonstrates that’s he’s not a rapper, but an emcee and an artist.
For this 6-track EP, JSWISS gathers a collection of talented musicians, many of whom have helped forge his impressive live show, for a unique blend of hip hop, soul, funk and jazz. The title “No Music” refers to the fact that when music becomes so much of your life (as a listener or artist) that its a constant, it’s No Music, it’s just an extension of Life.
Check out the EP below on Bandcamp or on iTunes. And click HERE to read the article No Music EP: More Than Liner Notes for exclusive insight into every song.
A taste of the November 13th performance from JSWISS and 4-piece band The NightShift at Pianos in New York City. Featuring guest appearances from Chandanie, (J) Rowdy, Topiq (of No9to5 Music) and trumpeter Matt Giella. FREE download below.
JSWISS goes “unplugged” in the brand new visuals for “Where You Are” off of the ALLCAPNOSPACES EP. JSWISS brings along singer Chandanie and musicians Carter Lee (bass), Eitan Akman (acoustic guitar), Michael Summer (alto sax), Aquiles Navarro (trumpet) and Toby Forman (soprano sax) for a re-creation of the Owen Hill Jr.-produced cut from JSWISS’ latest EP.
This is a brand new single from JSWISS produced by North Carolina’s own Dre Rubio and featuring the soulful vocals of singer/ songwriter Chandanie. This lay back joint is about loving you life unconditionally, reveling in the good as well as the bad, and recognizing the blessings in life.
ALSO Swiss is returning to perform in North Carolina TWICE next week. Hit the event page for details.