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Music That Inspired Nite Bjutis Bold Debut Album

20/10/2023

Music That Inspired Nite Bjutis Bold Debut Album The jazz trio, which includes Berklee faculty Val Jeanty and Mimi Jones, curates a playlist of their influences, including artists from Geri Allen and Meshell Ndegeocello to Radiohead and Sister Nancy.

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Bryan Parys

October 18, 2023

Nite Bjuti is, from left: Val Jeanty, DJ and percussion; Candice Hoyes, vocals; Mimi Jones, bass

Image by Maciek Jasik

Over the course of the 11 songs on its self-titled debut, the avant-garde jazz trio Nite Bjuti covers a wild range of styles, themes, and cultural reference points. The entire album was improvised, and it features just two instrumentalists, both of whom are associate professors in the Ensemble Department-Mimi Jones on bass and Val Jeanty acting as a sonic wizard manipulating electronics, vocal samples, and Haitian inspired rhythms. Singer Candice Hoyes's vocals soar to ethereal heights, dip down to haunting chant-like melodies, and also make use of spoken word poetry. Each musical element can stands on its own as a singular and daring, and when combined, the resulting album can seem as if it's both drawn from a shadowy past and pulled from a bold future.

Take Illustrious Negro Dead, which, even from its evocative title, lays a deep and layered foundation for a song that wanders through grief, anger, and the hope of liberation. If you like my idea, may I make a few suggestions to you? Hoyes asks in a delivery that brings to mind the minimalist libretto from Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass, but in the context of a Black woman asserting her power.

In the following playlist, curated by the group, the members plot out the inspirations behind Nite Bjuti. Take a listen and see below for what the trio has to say about their selections.

Track NotesNite Bjutis members talk about how these songs inspired their performances. The first and last selections are songs off the Nite Bjuti album as a way to help set the groups work in context with its influences. Jeanty, who also is on staff in the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, speaks poetically about the essence that she picks up on in music that moves her. By essence I mean flavor, spices and colors that influence our taste buds, or in this case influencing the ear palette, she says. See her comments below for the different essences she brought to her playing.

1. Mood (Liberation Walk), Nite Bjuti2. Transport Connection, Sister NancyCandice Hoyes: Sister Nancy is a muse because she is a truth-teller who is still blazing her own trail and inspires Jamaican artists and Caribbean women. I have learned to never pause for validation and the three of us are living that to the height on this album and on tour.

3. Lush Life, Geri Allen Val Jeanty: That spiritual and grounding essence.

4. Slink, Lyle MaysMimi Jones: Lyle Mayss Slink happens to be one of my favorite bodies of music. Mayss attention to detail from a single tone or to the blend and sound of several instruments paired with his use of texture, dimension, and dynamics creates a recipe for powerful expression, from the most quiet intimacy to epic proportions of passion.

5. Hell Is Around the Corner, Tricky*Jeanty: That musical otherworldly essence.

*Note: Jeanty cites Trickys whole album Maxinquaye as an inspiration. Hell Is Around the Corner is from this album.

6. A.K.I.K.O., Emeline MichelJeanty: That rich Afro Carribbean essence.

7. Who Is He and What Is He to You, Meshell NdegeocelloJones: Meshell Ndegeocellos music and overall vibe is heavy, mysterious, and soulful. Her bass playing is authentic, like she ingested the original bass sounds of James Jamerson, Anthony Jackson, and other bass giants, and presented them in a modern package in a different space in time. Ndgeocellos unapologetic vibe inspired me to be myself even if its not mainstream and to say what one has to say.

8. No Surprises, RadioheadJeanty: That smooth but radically political essence.

9. Bat y, Tania Le nHoyes: This is one of the first compositions by Tania L on that I heard and loved instantly how she writes for the voice and infuses lyrical music with specific historical context of her Cuban childhood and this polyrhythmic groove indigenous to her Cuba. L on has influenced my vocal writing and singing and I deeply love her style.

10. The Window, Nite Bjuti

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Image by Maciek Jasik

Music That Inspired Nite Bjutis Bold Debut Album The jazz trio, which includes Berklee faculty Val Jeanty and Mimi Jones, curates a playlist of their influences, including artists from Geri Allen and Meshell Ndegeocello to Radiohead and Sister Nancy.

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