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Following their sixth studio album rollout with the 13-track Brighter Days, Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli is bridging his saxophonist stylings with the calm and cool world of jazz. He’s adding in the keys and skit-skat percussion on his forthcoming jazz-focused full-length, which he just announced is out at the end of the week. To kick off the incoming LP, Lalli now releases “A Blind Man’s Blue,” which lands as the first single to his album by the same name.
Clocking in at a whopping 10 minutes, “A Blind Man’s Blue” is a marked departure from the future funk stylings of Big Gigantic. He’s trading in heavy drops and bass-filled signatures for a smooth lounge sound that feels straight out of New Orleans. If the title track’s frothy beats, complex rhythms, authentic off-the-cuff chemistry, and raw emotions are any indication, the full album is going to be a bonafide doozy. Brace yourselves for something soft and mellow, sophisticated and angular, and cool modern.
It’s a monumental step for Lalli, who has essentially tethered himself to a quintet of talented jazz musicians under his own namesake. He’s calling it Dominic Lalli’s Bluebird Quartet and its made up of keyboardist Borahm Lee (of Pretty Lights and Break Science), drummer Obed Calvaire (SFJAZZ Collective), trumpeter Gabe Mervine, and bassist Hunter Roberts. The jazz band will be premiered live at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox in Denver, Colorado.
Look out for Lalli’s full-on rendezvous into soulful jazz, landing Friday, July 11.