John Carroll Kirby has announced his album Septet will arrive on June 25th via Stones Throw Records. In September 2019, Kirby brought the seven-piece together to perform at LA’s Blue Whale and the energy of the performance became the impetus for the record marking Kirby’s return to ensemble playing.
Today, he has shared a new visual for “Rainmaker.” The clip pays homage to Womack & Womack’s classic “Teardrops”. Starring several musicians from the Septet ensemble, along with special guests Mac DeMarco, Eddie Chacon, Cola Boyy and comedian Kerwin Frost, the video lightheartedly dramatizes the characters Kirby has encountered over his long career as a collaborator and studio musician: “the egomaniacal producer, the eager engineer, the snobby record exec, the random guy in the corner, the musicians feeling themselves. “Visually, I wanted to play with the chaos of 70s/80s jazz fashion: bands like Weather Report, Miles Davis’s constantly rotating cast. Musicians dressed themselves with a strong sense of individuality while maintaining a cohesive look — a theme I also aim to achieve musically on Septet.”
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