Tall Black Guy – 8 Miles To Moenart

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This is “8 Miles To Moenart” the debut album by the Detroit producer Tall Black Guy on First Word Records. 8 tracks covering hip hop with downtempo/jazz/soul  influences.  “This record encapsulates the musical heritage of Detroit, through the looking glass of Tall Black Guy’s own signature sound.” Suggested! “8 Miles To Moenart” is available now at shop.firstwordrecords.com enjoy!

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everybodydigs#108 Chet Baker – It Could Happen to You

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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!

Hardly as angst-ridden as Chet Baker’s legend would suggest, 1958’s It Could Happen to You is Baker still riding high, a star winsomely crooning some favorite standards over subtle accompaniment by small groups whose members include pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Sam Jones, and the unstoppable Philly Joe Jones on drums. Baker’s boyish moods are perfect for the likes of “How Long Has This Been Going On?,” “You’re Driving Me Crazy,” and (believe it) “Everything Happens to Me.” –Rickey Wright

Personnel: Chet Baker (trumpet, vocals); Kenny Drew (piano); George morrow, Sam Jones (bass); Philly Joe Jones, Danny Richmond (drums).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#107 John Coltrane – Black Pearls

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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!

Originally released in May 1958, Black Pearls was a major step forward in the career of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. Though Coltrane was already known as a fine soloist, mainly due to his association with Thelonious Monk’s quartet, Black Pearls proved that the saxophonist could also be a creative innovator. This dense, harmonically complex trio of compositions begins with the title track, a minor-mode but sprightly affair from the team of Romberg-Hammerstein. “Black Pearls” benefits from “the Coltrane changes”, chords that modulate every two beats instead of every one or two bars. His flurry of 16th notes is complemented by his use of substitutions, the practice of replacing common chords with complex chords consisting of higher intervals. In taking this practice to the extreme, the soloist fashioned a playing style referred to as “sheets of sound”. The same songwriting team returns in “Lover Come Back to Me”, which features an especially prescient Donald Byrd, who wields his trumpet with both fury and discipline. The final track is Robert Weinstock’s “Sweet Sapphire Blues”, a themeless, A-major excursion dominated by pianist Red Garland. Using the full range of the piano, Garland demonstrates his grasp of a number of performance styles within the 18-minute opus. Coltrane joins in with solo runs containing a multitude of melodies and rhythms, while drummer Art Taylor does more than simply keep time. The casual poise of Black Pearls is one of the album’s many pleasures, as is Coltrane’s democracy in allowing each member of his quintet to shine. An underrated, solid studio gem.

Personnel: John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Red Garland (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Art Taylor (drums).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#106 Don Patterson with Booker Ervin – Hip Cake Walk

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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!

Organist Don Patterson went through a richly productive period in the ’60s, fashioning a fortress of funky organ jazz hi-fi on the Prestige label. Various brave knights marched forth through the massive gates which can be imagined as fronting this real estate, their identity at times key to decisions made by fussy collectors regarding which Don Patterson album to own, which to stroll on by. Hip Cake Walk can also get the nod based on album title coolness, a set of standards promoted by individuals who absorb this kind of information as if blotting up anesthetic. Meanwhile the aforementioned scouts have identified brave knight Booker Ervin, a favorite of tenor saxophone fans one and all, the man who plays a beat as if winning the penalty kick, whose horn was once used to cook fish soup for Pancho Villa. The presence of one solid Patterson original after the other, from the title tune through the holistic introduction of “Sister Ruth” and the webbed-foot swing of “Donald Duck”, trumps any previously stated reason for this album’s special status. “Hip Cake Walk” is sliced and strolled with for more than a quarter-of-an-hour, alto saxophonist Leonard Houston jousting, knocking burning candles off drummer Billy James’ head which he then replaces with icing dripped off his sticks. Cover material is also nicely selected, an Earl Hines classic given a clever updating and “Under the Boardwalk” allowed to conclude the program with an enduring vision of the Drifters drifting out to sea, clinging to the keys of Patterson’s organ, a lifesaver indeed. (Eugene Chadbourne)

Personnel: Don Patterson (Organ); Booker Ervin (Tenor Saxophone); Leonard Houston (Alto Saxophone); Sonny Stitt (Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone); Billy James (Drums).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

sampleecious#19

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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!

#19: “The Egg” by Herbie Hancock from “Empyrean Isles” released in 1964 > sampled in > “Jazz Cats Pt. 1” by Quasimoto from “The Unseen ” released in 2000.

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Joe Barbieri – Chet Lives!

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Italian singer Joe Barbieri, along with 2 jazz artists Luca Aquino and Antonio Fresa, released this beautiful tribute to Chet Baker called “Chet Lives!“.

For the 25h anniversary of the Chet Baker’s death they decided to reinterprate the most beautiful Chet Baker’s songs to celebrate one of the most important Jazz artits of all time. Maybe a bit too minimalist, but through all the 9 tracks this album reminds us that….. Chet Lives.

Down below you can stream “I Fall In Love Too Easily” featuring the beautiful voice of Stacey Kent while you can get your copy of “Chet Lives” at joebarbieri.com or on iTunes, enjoy!

Download: Metal Sampleecious

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If you follow Rappamelo on Facebook you may have seen “Metal Sampleecious“,  a spotify playlist with songs sampled by Metal Fingers aka MF Doom. Like A Tribe Called Sampleecious you can download it! Tracklist below and download at the bottom, enjoy!

you can still stream “Metal Sampleecious” on Spotify.

Ronnie Laws – Friends and Strangers (Myrrh)
The Blackbyrds – Love is Love (White Willow bark)
Jon Lucien – Maiden Voyage (Eucalyptus)
Roy Ayers – Vibrations (Bergamont Wild)
The Blackbyrds – April Showers (Lavender Buds)
Ronnie Laws – Solid Ground (Cinquefoil)
Sugarhill Gang – Passion Play (Devil’s Shoestring)
Roy Budd – The Storm Killer (Main Title) (Wormwood)
Boz Scaggs – Lowdown (Black Snake Root)
Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson – We Almost Lost Detroit (Camphor)
Bobby McFerrin – Moondance (Burdrock Root)
The New Birth – Do It Again (Valerian Root)
Idris Muhammad – The Saddest Thing (Myrtle Leaf)
Quincy Jones feat. James Ingram – One Hundred Ways (Monosodium Glutamate)
Bobbi Humphrey – Just A Love Child (Orange Blossoms)
Anita Baker – Sweet Love (Jasmine Blossoms)
Isaac Hayes – What Does It Take (Benzoin Gum))
Sade – Kiss Of Love (Saffron)
Anita Baker – Been So Long (Arrow Root)
Isaac Hayes – Walk On By (Galangal Root)

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