From October 30 to November 4, 2018, the pianist, singer, composer, and bandleader Jon Batiste played a six-night residency at New York’s Village Vanguard. Those who couldn’t be there in person will soon be able to get a taste of what went down, thanks to Verve Records. Six recordings from those fall shows will be available starting August 2 on an album called Anatomy of Angels: Live at the Village Vanguard.
Batiste, perhaps best known as the bandleader on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, sticks mostly to playing piano on Anatomy of Angels, though he does sing on one song, a version of Ray Noble’s “The Very Thought of You” on which he’s joined by singer Rachael Price from the eclectic band Lake Street Dive. The album’s four other cuts include three Batiste originals—”Creative,” “Dusk Train to Doha,” and the title track—plus a septet arrangement of Thelonious Monk’s “’Round Midnight.”