José James – No Beginning, No End

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New José James‘s album entitled “No Beginning, No End” is finally out on Blue Note Records, we are just in January but i can already put this album in the top 10 of the best albums of the 2013, such a perfect mix of hip hop, jazz, funk, soul & r’n’b with the beautiful voice of José James and great artists like Robert Glasper, Pino Palladino and Chris Dave plus 2 great guests like Emily King and Hindi Zahra, do yourself a favor and pick up this album!

out now on iTunes and also you can still stream the album in its entirety on npr> www.npr.org enjoy!

Ten Million Sounds – Finding Time

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Great compilation from Ten Million Sounds entitled “Finding Time” 13 tracks featuring: Ohbliv, Evil Needle, Ta-ku, Aether, Handbook, Incise, Jimmy Whoo, Brock Berrigan, Poldoore, Somepling, IV The Polymath, Rob Viktum, Bahwee. Available now as a name-your-price download. 100% of all proceeds will be donated to Smile Train (smiletrain.org), an organization which raises money for cleft palate correction surgery for young children in developing countries, enjoy!

For more info check: www.tenmillionsounds.com

everybodydigs#56 Dinah Washington – After Hours With Miss D

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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 rare performer who achieved success in critical, artistic, and commercial terms. Dinah Washington was both the queen of the black jukebox and the consummate musicians’s musician. She was comfortable in virtually any musical context, but something special always happened when she surrounded herself with top-notch jazz musicians and let them wail.

After Hours With Miss “D,” featuring an extraordinary rhythm section and such outstanding soloists as Clark Terry, Paul Quinchette, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, is one of Washington’s most jazz-oriented albums-and one of her most exciting.

Personnel: Dinah Washington (voice); Clark Terry (trumpet); Gus Chappell (trombone); Rick Henderson (alto saxophone); Eddie Chamblee (tenor saxophone); Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (tenor saxophone); Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone); Clarence “Sleepy” Anderson (piano); Junior Mance (piano); Jackie Davis (organ); Keter Betts (bass); candido Camero (congas); Ed Thigpen (drums).

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everybodydigs#55 Aretha Franklin – Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Wa

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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!

Since her youth Franklin had admired Dinah Washington, and it’s a safe bet that the level of emotional commitment Washington brought to her work was a major influence on the blossoming style of Aretha, not to mention Washington’s effortless sense of swing. Shortly before she died, Washington took appreciate notice of her acolyte as well. So Aretha’s tribute to Washington is as logical as it is satisfying. Recorded when Aretha was just 21, UNFORGETTABLE is somewhat of a departure from her more R&B-oriented early work. However, the string arrangements of Johnny Mersey adn the jazzy bass work of George Duvivier mesh perfectly with Franklin’s high-flying vocal fireworks. From the slow, subtle caress of “What a Difference a Day Made” to the organ-led blues of “Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning,” the young Aretha is in total command of the material here, simultaneously paying homage to and progressing from the influence of Washington.

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everybodydigs#54 Nina Simone – Little Girl Blue

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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!

Little Girl Blue, originally released in 1957, was Nina Simone’s first recording. Backed by bassist Jimmy Bond and Albert Tootie Heath, it showcases her ballad voice as one of mystery and sensuality and showcases her up-tempo jazz style with authority and an enigmatic down-home feel that is nonetheless elegant. The album also introduced a fine jazz pianist. Simone was a solid improviser who never strayed far from the blues.

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