Chicago-based drummer, composer, and improviser Jeremy Cunningham is releasing a new album, titled The Weather Up There, this February via Northern Spy Records.
Co-produced by Jeff Parker and Paul Bryan (Aimee Man), the LP features some heavyweight talent including Resavoir, Ben La Mar Gay, Jaimie Branch, Tomeka Reid, Makaya McCraven, and more.
The ten-song record was written in response to the loss of Cunningham’s brother Andrew who was tragically killed with an assault rifle during a home invasion robbery.
Cunningham explains the album in his own words: “I wrote The Weather Up There to confront the loss of my brother Andrew to gun violence, who died in a home invasion robbery some 10 years ago. My brother was a kind soul, and I used those warm memories of him to illustrate his life as a counterpoint to the pieces that confront his tragic end. Recorded accounts from my family and friends appear throughout the album to show just how far the ripple effect of gun violence extends through a community.”
Over the next month or so the album’s story will unfold with music from the LP released episodically every week up until the full release.
You can stream the four tracks cuts released so far above as well as watching the copelling mini-doc below.
Head here for more info in advance of The Weather Up There 28th February release.