everybodydigs#28 Hank Mobley – The Turnaround

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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!

Hank Mobley’s later Blue Note sessions took on a much harder edge than his earlier efforts. The saxophonist’s round tone became funkier as he delved deeper into the popular soul-jazz style that had been introduced with Lee Morgan’s hit “The Sidewinder.” The Turnaround is one of Mobley’s best releases of this period, offering many unforgettable solo moments as well as some intense small group workouts.

Personnel: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd (trumpet); Barry Harris, Herbie Hancock (piano); Butch Warren, Paul Chambers (bass); Billy Higgins, Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#27 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Indestructible

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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!

Lee Morgan once again became part of the Jazz Messengers after replacing Freddie Hubbard, who left after replacing Morgan originally. The band is rounded out by pianist Cedar Walton, a steaming Wayne Shorter on tenor, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and bassist Reggie Workman with Art Blakey on the skins, of course. Indestructible is a hard-blowing blues ‘n’ bop date with Shorter taking his own solos to the outside a bit, and with Blakey allowing some of Fuller’s longer, suite-like modal compositional work into the mix as well (“The Egyptian” and “Sortie”). There are plenty of hard swinging grooves– an off-Latin funk à la Morgan’s “Calling Miss Kadija,” Shorter’s killer “Mr. Jin,” and Walton’s ballad-cum-post-bop sprint “When Love Is New” — and the Blakey drive is in full effect, making this album comes closest in feel to the Moanin’ sessions with Bobby Timmons. Here the balance of soul groove and innovative tough bop are about equal. Morgan lends great intensity to this date by being such a perfect foil for Shorter, and their trading of fours and eights in “Sortie” is one of the disc’s many high points. Morgan’s bluesed-out modal frame is already in evidence here as he was beginning to stretch beyond the parameters of the 12-bar frame and into music from other spaces and times. ~ Thom Jurek

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Art Blakey (drums); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Lee Morgan (trumpet); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Cedar Walton (piano); Reggie Workman (bass).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#26 Roy Ayers – Virgo Vibes

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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!

Long before becoming an acid jazz icon and figurehead to a new generation of hip-hop and house artists, Roy Ayers was a promising young jazz vibraphonist. His second solo album and Atlantic debut, is a vital root note for all future keepers of the funk.

Personnel: Roy Ayers (vibraphone); Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Charles Tolliver (trumpet); Ronald Clark (piano); Carr (drums).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#25 Sam Rivers – A New Conception

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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!

The title of A New Conception refers to Sam Rivers’ ingenious interpretations of standards on this record. Rivers treats the songs — such familiar items as “When I Fall in Love,” “I’ll Never Smile Again,” “That’s All,” “What a Difference a Day Makes,” and “Secret Love” — with respect, but he doesn’t treat them as museum pieces. He knows that if the songs are to remain fresh, they need to be heard in different ways, and he skillfully opens up each composition to contemporary avant-garde techniques. Rivers and his supporting trio of pianist Hal Galper, bassist Herbert Lewis, and drummer Steve Ellington gradually ease each number into more adventurous territory, slowly shifting into exploratory instrumental sections, slyly varying the melodic themes, or adding shaded dissonant textures. It’s challenging music that remains accessible, since it reconfigures familiar items in new, intriguing ways. The sheer skill in Rivers’ arrangements once again confirms his large, unfortunately underappreciated, talent.

Personnel: Sam Rivers (tenor and soprano saxophone, flute), Hal Galper (piano), Herbie Lewis (bass), Steve Ellington (drums)

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

Top Tape – Dublab x Leaving Records x Stones Throw

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Top Tape is co-presented by our brethren in sound, Leaving Records. For this recurrent happening the dublab tape team dig up their favorite cassingles, mixtapes, and cassette spooled albums for a night of magnetic music. This evening of super saturation is hosted by Frosty + Matthewdavid and features an all-tape tag-team rotation of amazing djs. VHS visions are mixed live on the big screen by Alex Pelly and occasional inspired video heads.

This is an archive of a special Top Tape installment celebrating the collaborative Stones Throw x Leaving Records double cassette compilation DUAL FORM. The night featured all-tape sets by Peanut Butter Wolf, Matthewdavid, M. Geddes Gengras, White Rainbow, EMV, Knxwledge, Large Cats, Cat 500, Sun Araw and many more! Dual Form “Golden Tickets” were dropped at local record stores and lucky winners received a limited edition Leaving Records mix tape cassette by Matthewdavid. High energy was truly in the air for this night. We hope you enjoy the archive!

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Roy Ayers Project Beat Submission Compilation Vol. 4

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Volume 4 of Roy Ayers Project Beat Submission Compilation, enjoy! if you missed the previous volumes: Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3

For more info check: www.royayersproject.com

This particular installment is special for a few reasons. First off, it features producers for over 12 different countries (including first time contributions from Sweden, Algeria and Istanbul), and 20 different cities. Second, it features our first female beat contributor, which is important to note in the male dominated world of beat production. Third, it is more beats to add to the previous 3 volumes, all of which feature Roy Ayers as inspiration.

As always, we would like to thank our contributors, crew, and all the people who have made the Roy Ayers Project possible, and we especially thank and appreciate our readers and viewers who have watched us build this fantastic project. We also want to acknowledge all of the producers from around the globe, who made this possible. Last (and certainly not least), we praise Roy Ayers, who is a continued inspiration to us all.

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