Radiq Bhatia is a New York composer and guitarist, better known for his work with Son Lux. Two years after Breaking English, he announced the release of a new EP. Standards Vol. 1 is out on January 31th via ANTI- Records. According to the press release, it transforms cornerstone works by Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman and more into immersive, otherworldly realms of sound that are uniquely his own.
It is a deeply personal and decidedly un-standard record that will have you thinking about the possibilities of jazz in an entirely new way. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” is the first excerpt which features Cécile McLorin Salvant.
“When you put on a record by Ellington, Monk, Ornette, Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda — these artists have such a distinctive approach that you can immediately tell who it is,” Bhatia explains. “Sensing the human story behind the notes is what got me into jazz in the first place. I feel the same way after hearing two seconds of Madlib, Tim Hecker, or Jlin. All of these artists have a sound that’s iconic because it’s personal. For me, that’s the unifying factor in all of this.”