J Dilla “Donuts” 45 Box Set


Donuts is my favorite Dilla’s album, It was originally released on February 7 2006, just three days before he passed away. Stones Throw just announced the release of this beautiful box set which includes the album on seven 45s and a bonus 45 with “Signs” from the long out-of-print Donuts ‘Fan Club 45’ b/w DOOM & Ghostface’s “Sniper Elite & Murder Goons” – two tracks over Donuts beats which were recorded in late 2005 prior to the original release of the album. These two tracks were released digitally in 2008, but have never before appeared on vinyl.

Side D contains the “Donuts Outro/Intro” appearing as an interlude at the beginning of “The Diff’rence” which dates back to the first, original sequence of the album.

Available now here: Donuts 45 box set – Expected ship date is Jan. 7, 2013

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Calibro 35 ‎- Dalla Bovisa A Brooklyn


New EP from Calibro 35, the Italian jam band performing golden age soundtracks and original compositions, called ” “Dalla Bovisa a Brooklyn” (“From Bovisa to Brooklyn”) including six songs that the band recorded in New York City between 2007 and 2009. Available on Digital download via bandcamp, iTunes and usual online retailers or a Limited edition 10″ vinyl record including 20 pages B/W comic book, enjoy

For more info check: www.calibro35.net

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everybodydigs#4 The Bill Evans Trio – Moon Beams


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!

Bassist Scott LaFaro’s death in the early summer of 1961, just 10 days after the Bill Evans Trio’s triumphant Village Vanguard engagement was a devastating personal and musical, loss to the pianist, after which he took nearly a year off from recording or playing in public. (The Vanguard performances can be heard on “Sunday At The Village”, “Waltz For Debby” and “At The Vanguard”.) It fell to another bassist, Chuck Israel, to bring Evans out and re-establish the Bill Evans Trio as a going concern. Possessed of a warm tone, Israels’ essentially supportive playing with the Trio made for a studied contrast with the brashly virtuosic LaFaro, which was not necessarily a bad thing.

As if to make up for lost time, the newly reconstituted trio recorded two albums’ worth of material in June and May of 1962. Moon Beams is the “softer” of the two and introduced two graceful Evan’s originals, “Re: Person I Knew” (an anagram of producer Orrin Keepnews’s name) and the lyrical fugue “Very Early.” While any of the early Riverside albums make an excellent introduction to Bill Evans, Moon Beams is perhaps the most exquisitely romantic of the bunch, much like Coltrane’s Ballads in this respect. (cduniverse)

Bill Evans Trio: Bill Evans (piano); Chuck Israels (bass); Paul Motian (drums).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#3 Eric Dolphy – Conversations


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 1963 (probably July, though some sources place the dates in May or June), Eric Dolphy recorded some sessions in New York with producer Alan Douglas, the fruits of which were issued on small labels as the LPs Conversations and Iron Man. They’ve been reissued a number of times on various labels, occasionally compiled together, but never with quite the treatment they deserve (which is perhaps why they’re not as celebrated as they should be). In whatever form, though, it’s classic, essential Dolphy that stands as some of his finest work past Out to Lunch. Conversations is the more eclectic of the two, featuring radical re-imaginings of three standards, plus the jubilant, Caribbean-flavored “Music Matador” (by ensemble members Prince Lasha on flute and Sonny Simmons on alto). That cut, and a classic inside/outside reworking of Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz” feature Dolphy leading ensembles of up-and-coming “new thing” players, which prominently feature vibist Bobby Hutcherson and trumpeter Woody Shaw. The second half of the album takes a far more minimalist approach, with Dolphy performing unaccompanied (extremely rare prior to Anthony Braxton’s For Alto) on “Love Me.” “Alone Together” is an over-13-minute duet between Dolphy and bassist Richard Davis, featuring some astoundingly telepathic exchanges that more than justify its length. Even if the selections don’t completely hang together as an LP statement, they’re united by Dolphy’s generally brilliant playing and a sense that — after several years without entering the studio much as a leader — Dolphy was really striving to push his (and others’) music forward. The results are richly rewarding, making Conversations one of the landmarks in his catalog. (allmusic)

Personnel: Eric Dolphy (flute, clarinet); Bobby Hutcherson (harp); Sonny Simmons (alto saxophone); Clifford Jordan (soprano saxophone); Woody Shaw (trumpet); Eddie Kahn, Richard Davis (bass); Prince Lasha (flute); Charles Moffet, J.C. Moses (drums).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

Next Collective – Next Collective EP


New project by NEXT Collective, an ensemble recording by the next generation of jazz greats exploring their own interpretations of songs by such contemporary artists as Bon Iver, N.E.R.D, Little Dragon and more.

The ensemble is comprised of 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.

Concord Jazz, a division of Concord Music Group, released three of the tracks exclusively on iTunes which included Jay Z and Kanye West’s “No Church In the Wild,” D’Angelo’s “Africa,” and Pearl Jam’s “Oceans.” as a sneak peak of the full album called “Cover Art” and currently scheduled for February 23th 2013.

Personnel: Logan Richardson – alto saxophone (“Africa”); Walter Smith III – tenor saxophone (“Africa” & “Oceans”); Matthew Stevens – guitars; Gerald Clayton – piano, Rhodes (“Africa”); Ben Williams – bass; Jamire Williams – drums With special guest Christian Scott – trumpet (“No Church In The Wild” & “Oceans”)

listen to “Africa” here: