everybodydigs#66 Donald Byrd – A New Perspective

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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!

Blue Note seldom ventured far from the spontaneity of small-group jazz, but they put special resources into this 1963 project, letting trumpeter Donald Byrd and arranger Duke Pearson achieve some stunning results with a septet and the voices of the Coleridge Perkinson Choir. Gospel and blues influences had become more prominent in jazz through the work of Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderley, but Byrd explored the connection further here, combining the rich and wordless voices with a potent rhythm section, fluent soloists, and his own brassily declarative trumpet in an authentic and compelling way. Donald Best’s bell-like vibraphone and Kenny Burrell’s soulful guitar further emphasize the music’s wealth of associations. The moods vary from the declamatory power of “Elijah” to the deep blues of “Beast of Burden” and the luminous hymn of Pearson’s celebrated “Cristo Redentor” (a little-recognized master of jazz composition, Pearson also wrote “Idle Moments” for a Grant Green session), but the tunes are all realized with energy and feeling. The band seems to take special inspiration from the choir’s carpet of sound, and tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley and pianist Herbie Hancock also make substantial contributions. The session has always sounded fantastic, but Rudy Van Gelder’s remastering has added even greater luster. –Stuart Broomer

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

sampleecious#5

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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!

#5: “To The Other Man” by Luther Ingram from “I’ve Been Here All The Time” released in 1972 > sampled in > “Gobstopper” by J Dilla from “Donuts” released in 2006.

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J Dilla “Gone Too Soon” (BBC 1Xtra Documentary)

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Happy Birthday J Dilla! this is a beautiful documentary that covers his life and career, originally released as part of  “Gone Too Soon series” by Benji B, stream and download at the bottom, enjoy!

It’s a name you might not recognise – but you’ll certainly know his music… James Dewitt Yancey, Jay Dee or more commonly known as J Dilla, is one of hip hop’s most influential producers and artists, but his genius was cut short at 32 after battling the incurable blood disease, lupus.

As part of the Gone Too Soon series, Benji B presents this 1Xtra story celebrating the incredible music J Dilla created during his lifetime which includes tracks for Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, The Pharcyde and De La Soul to name but a few.

Through interviews with Plug 2 from De La Soul, Mos Def, Questlove from The Roots, Common, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, J.Rocc, Slum Village members T3 and Wajeed, his brother Illa J and his incredible mum, Ma Dukes, we learn about how he made those beats, what he was like as a person and the legacy he left behind. Benji also pays his own tribute to the man he knew for almost ten years and is his favourite producer of all time.

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J Dilla “Dewitt To Do It”

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February is Dilla Month and this is “Dewitt To Do It” one of the four previously unreleased tracks from the new posthumous release entitled “The Lost Scrolls Vol 1″ available now on special 10″ via Fat Beats, it’s just a remix of “Shake It Down” released on “Welcome To Detroit” but it’s good! stream below, enjoy!

Karriem Riggins “Chopped Worm”

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Karriem Riggins tribute to Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, stream and download down below, enjoy!

“My idea was to chop a song that is so important to hip hop and also pay homage to 1 of the funkiest groups from one of the funkiest states. Ohio Players’ music will forever be relevant! RIP Sugarfoot.”

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