everybodydigs#74 Dexter Godon – Doin’ Allright


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”


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!

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#: 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.


Next Collective – Cover Art


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


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!

The Foreign Exchange Presents +FE Music: The Reworks


The Foreign Exchange presents +FE Music: The Reworks, a 2 discs compilation with 3 brand new tracks and selections from The Foreign Exchange’s +FE Music catalog remixed by Nicolay, Zo!, 4hero, The Randy Watson Experience (?uestlove & James Poyser), Focus…, Tall Black Guy, Pirahnahead, and more. Available now on theforeignexchangemusic.com or iTunes or Amazon or your fav store, enjoy!