Brrd – Towers / Anointing

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Beautiful debut by FaltyDL’s label. Blueberry Records. This is also Brrd debut called “Towers / Anointing“. “The music speaks for itself really, and its hard to describe the exact feeling I get from it, but maybe that is what we have all been missing for a while now.” Dope. Available now on iTunes. enjoy.

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everybodydigs#144 Bill Evans Trio – Moon Beams

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everybodydigs# is a series of posts about Jazz, Funk, Soul & R’n’b albums released from the 20s to the 90s, you can read a brief description/review and listen to a small preview (when it’s possible). everybodydigs# is like when someone tells you “hey you should listen to this album!” and nothing less, enjoy!

Moonbeams was the first recording Bill Evans made after the death of his musical right arm, bassist Scott LaFaro. Indeed, in LaFaro, Evans found a counterpart rather than a sideman, and the music they made together over four albums showed it. Bassist Chuck Israels from Cecil Taylor and Bud Powell’s bands took his place in the band with Evans and drummer Paul Motian and Evans recorded the only possible response to the loss of LaFaro — an album of ballads. The irony on this recording is that, despite material that was so natural for Evans to play, particularly with his trademark impressionistic sound collage style, is that other than as a sideman almost ten years before, he has never been more assertive than on Moonbeams. It is as if, with the death of LaFaro, Evans’ safety net was gone and he had to lead the trio alone. And he does first and foremost by abandoning the impressionism in favor of a more rhythmic and muscular approach to harmony.

Rappamelo’s favorite track.

everybodydigs#143 Big John Patton – Let ‘Em Roll

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everybodydigs# is a series of posts about Jazz, Funk, Soul & R’n’b albums released from the 20s to the 90s, you can read a brief description/review and listen to a small preview (when it’s possible). everybodydigs# is like when someone tells you “hey you should listen to this album!” and nothing less, enjoy!

In an unusual setting for a groove/soul jazz setting, B3 organist extraordinaire big John Patton creates a band around himself that includes Grant Green, drummer Otis Finch, and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. It’s truly weird to think of vibes on a groove date, but the way Patton’s understated playing works, and the way Green is literally all things to all players, Hutcherson’s role is not only a clearly defined one, but adds immeasurably to both depth and texture on this date. What also makes this possible is the symbiotic relationship between Patton and Green. This is one of the least appreciated of Patton’s records, and there’s no reason for it; it is great. (allmusic)

Rappamelo’s favorite track.

sampleecious#36 Herbie Hancock. Slum Village.

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sampleecious#: a post every Friday where i choose just one great track sampled for one or more other great tracks, also you can listen to (when it’s possible) a small preview on the video below, enjoy!

#36: “You’ll Know When You Get There” by Herbie Hancock from “Mwandishi” released in 1971 > sampled in > “Fantastic” by Slum Village from “Fantastic Vol. 1” released in 1996.

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