K-Def – One Man Band

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This is “One Man Band“, K-Def’s latest endeavor on Redefinition Records. The concept of “One Man Band” is simple: giving classic records an updated feel for new audiences to enjoy and appreciate them, like “NJ Dodgers” a nice re-interpretation of “Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers” that you can stream below. Available now on Vinyl, CD & Digital at www.redefinitionrecords.com enjoy!

Kev Brown – Songs Without Words V1

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New from Kev Brown! This is “Songs Without Words” a new, ongoing series of instrumental albums by Kev Brown. In this Volume 1 you can get a diverse batch of 12 instrumentals, including some of Kev’s personal favorites as well as some previously unreleased material. The vinyl is available now only on www.redefinitionrecords.com and it will be available worldwide also on CD & Digital on April 2nd, snippets below, enjoy!

everybodydigs#76 John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, Idrees Sulieman – The Cats

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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 1957, the greatest year for recorded music including modern jazz, Detroit was a hot spot, a centerpiece to many hometown heroes as well as short-term residents like John Coltrane and Miles Davis. It was here that Trane connected with pianist Tommy Flanagan, subsequently headed for the East Coast, and recorded this seminal hard bop album. In tow were fellow Detroiters — drummer Louis Hayes, bassist Doug Watkins, and guitarist Kenny Burrell, with the fine trumpeter from modern big bands Idrees Sulieman as the sixth wheel. From the opening number, the classic “Minor Mishap,” you realize something special is happening. Flanagan is energized, playing bright and joyous melody lines, comping and soloing like the blossoming artist he was. Coltrane is effervescent and inspired, hot off the presses from the Miles Davis Quintet and searching for more expressionism. The other hard bop originals, “Eclypso” and “Solacium,” easily burn with a cool flame not readily associated with East Coast jazz. Flanagan himself is the catalyst more than the horns — dig his soaring, animated solo on “Eclypso” as he quotes “Jeepers Creepers.” The near 12-minute blues “Tommy’s Tune” is the perfect vehicle for Burrell, a prelude for his classics of the same period “All Day Long” and “All Night Long.” The lone trio session, on the standard “How Long Has This Been Going On?,” is regarded as quintessential Flanagan, and quite indicative of the Midwestern Motor City flavor Flanagan and his many peers brought into the mainstream jazz of the day and beyond. One yearns for alternate takes of this session. The Cats is a prelude to much more music from all of these masters that would come within a very short time period thereafter, and cannot come more highly recommended. It’s a must-buy for the ages. (allmusic)

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#75 Armando Trovaioli – Una Magnum Special per Tony Saitta

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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!

Original soundtrack from the motion Picture Blazing Magnum (Una magnum special per Tony Saitta) composed by Armando Trovaioli. The thypical american cop movies sound with a great Orchestra and the orchestration in the style of the 70s will let you dive into the funkyest decade of the history! A great proof of the genious of the Maestro that gives evidence of his unearthly class.

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#74 Dexter Godon – Doin’ Allright

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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!

After spending most of the ’50s away from the scene, saxophonist Dexter Gordon entered the recording studio in 1961 to create what became the first in a series of seven incredible albums for Blue Note. On Doin’ Allright he proved why the world needed him back. Gordon assuredly embraced the inventive melodicism of Lester Young with the striking harmonies of Charlie Parker. He also mastered the art of quoting other musical passages within a cogent solo. As the reissue proves, the results are timeless, especially on such achingly beautiful ballads as “You’ve Changed.” Although Gordon used a group of studio musicians—rather than his own band—on this date everybody sounds remarkably cohesive. This session also featured then 23-year-old whiz-kid trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. –Aaron Cohen

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

Donald Byrd “Live at Montreux July 5, 1973”

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Great gift from Blue Note Records, they gave us a never-released concert by the late, great trumpeter Donald Byrd, recorded at the 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival, stream below, enjoy!

Personnel:
Donald Byrd, Trumpet, Fluegelhorn, Vocals; Fonce Mizell, Trumpet, Vocals; Allan Barnes, Tenor Sax, Flute; Nathan Davis, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax; Kevin Toney, Electric Piano; Larry Mizell, Synthesizer; Barney Perry, Electric Guitar; Henry Franklin, Electric Bass; Keith Killgo, Drums, Vocals; Ray Armando, Conga, Percussion.

sampleecious#8

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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!

#8: “Lucky Fellow” by LeRoy Hutson from “Hutson” released in 1975 > sampled in > “No Love” by Erykah Badu from “Baduizm” released in 2001.

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Next Collective – Cover Art

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This is “Cover Art” a beautiful album by Next Collective, a jazz ensemble featuring saxophonists Logan Richardson and Walter Smith III, guitarist Matthew Stevens, keyboardists Gerald Clayton and Kris Bowers, bassist Ben Williams, drummer Jamire Williams, and special guest trumpeter Christian Scott (aka Christian aTunde Adjuah).

NEXT Collective represents the new wave of highly skilled improvisers, melodists, and arrangers and who are closely connected as colleagues and as friends exploring their own interpretations of songs by such contemporary artists as Bon Iver, N.E.R.D, Little Dragon and more.

Cover Art” is available now on Itunes, enjoy!

Stream “Africa” here:

Bilal – A Love Surreal

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New Bilal‘s album is s finally out! A Love Surreal is Bilal’s fourth studio album and it’s a GREAT album! I’m not gonna say too much just…..watch the videos down below for an inside look into the making of “A Love Surreal” and then go get it! It’s available on iTunes and also you can still stream the album in its entirety on npr> www.npr.org enjoy!