Drummer Nate Smith To Release “KINFOLK: Postcards from Everywhere” Next Month

by Raheem Karim
Nate Smith

What’s that sound?  It’s the sound of the funky drummer Nate Smith.  The multi talented drummer, composer, songwriter and producer will be releasing his debut album “KINFOLK: Postcards from Everywhere” February 3rd.

Nate Smith debut chronicles his black American experience.  Mr. Smith states, “In conceiving this project, I wanted to focus on creating the material with very few ingredients; just improvising at the drums or piano or singing ideas into a voice recorder, focusing primarily on rhythm and melody. I want to see what other ingredients the players or singers would bring to the material. I’m interested in a true band sound: I want to know how the musicians will color, shape, and season the raw ingredients, and how to pull all of those pieces together to a whole.”

If you are not familiar with Nate Smith’s work, you probably heard it and did not know it was him.  The Chesapeake, Virginia native has been around the underground jazz circuit since the early 2000’s.  He joined legendary jazz bassist and composer Dave Holland GRAMMY-award winning Quintet and Big Band in 2003.

Since that time he has shared the stage or recorded with other well known music contempories such as  Ravi Coltrane, Jose James, Nicholas Payton,  John Pattituci, Adam Rogers, Regina Carter, Mark de Clive-Lowe and Lionel Loueke.

He has appeared on The Today Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with David Letterman and Conan.

Nate’s debut album will be riveting, funky and soulful,  so for all you music keep this name in circulation.

Scroll down to listen,  to his single “Skip Step” and if you like what you hear, make sure to check them out on January 6 at Winter Jazzfest NYC.  Also you can pre-order his debut album Kinfolk: Postcards from every where at Apple iTunes. The official release is February 3rd.

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