OKeh Records, which was newly reactivated last January, has announced seven new signings, each of whom will release new recordings in 2014. The artists, who are part of the label’s “The Sound of Next” campaign, are: saxophonist Craig Handy, Tunisian oudist/vocalist Dhafer Youssef, guitarist Nir Felder, drummer Jeff Ballard, saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, African vocalist Somi and trumpeter Theo Croker.
OKeh will release a seven-track The Sound Of Next sampler featuring one song from each of these artists.
The first OKeh releases included 2013 titles from John Medeski, Bob James and David Sanborn, Michel Camilo and Bill Frisell.
The release schedule is as follows:
Craig Handy-Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith
Dhafer Youssef-Birds Requiem
Nir Felder-Golden Age
Jeff Ballard Trio-Time’s Tales
James Brandon Lewis-Divine Travels
Somi-The Lagos Music Salon
Theo Croker-Afro Physicist