everybodydigs#118 Donny Hathaway – Everything Is Everything

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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!

Already a respected arranger and pianist who’d contributed to dozens of records (by artists ranging from the Impressions to Carla Thomas to Woody Herman), with this debut LP Donny Hathaway revealed yet another facet of his genius — his smoky, pleading voice, one of the best to ever grace a soul record. Everything Is Everything sounded like nothing before it, based in smooth uptown soul but boasting a set of excellent, open-ended arrangements gained from Hathaway’s background in classical and gospel music. Donny Hathaway’s debut introduced a brilliant talent into the world of soul, one who promised to take R&B farther than it had been taken since Ray Charles debuted on Atlantic. (allmusic)

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#117 Dexter Gordon – Gettin’ Around

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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!

Dexter Gordon’s mid-’60s period living in Europe also meant coming back to the U.S. for the occasional recording session. His teaming with Bobby Hutcherson was intriguing in that the vibraphonist was marking his territory as a maverick and challenging improviser. Here the two principals prove compatible in that they have a shared sense of how to create sheer beauty in a post-bop world. Add the brilliant Barry Harris to this mix, and that world is fortunate enough to hear these grand masters at their creative peak, stoked by equally extraordinary sidemen like bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Billy Higgins, all on loan from Lee Morgan’s hitmaking combo. The subtle manner in which Gordon plays melodies or caresses the most recognizable standard has always superseded his ability to ramble through rough-and-tumble bebop. While this is not Gordon’s ultimate hard bop date, it is reflective of his cooling out in Europe, adopting a tonal emphasis more under the surface than in your face. It’s not essential, but quite enjoyable, and does mark a turning point in his illustrious career. (allmusic)

Personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Barry Harris (piano); Bob Cranshaw (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#116 Stan Getz / Dizzy Gillespie – Diz & Getz

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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!

Dizzy Gillespie was at the peak of his powers throughout the 1950s, still the pacesetter among trumpeters. This albun matches Dizzy with Stan Getz, the Oscar Peterson Trio and drummer Max Roach. Getz, although identified with the “cool” school, thrived on competition and is both relaxed and combative on the uptempo explorations of “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and “Impromptu”.

Personnel: Dizzie Gillespie (trumpet); Stan Getz, Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Oscar Peterson, Wade Legge (piano); Herb Ellis (guitar); Ray Brown, Lou Hackney (bass); Max Roach, Charlie Persip (drums).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

sampleecious#22

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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!

#22: “Living Without You” by Pleasure from “Special Things” released in 1980 > sampled in > “Best Love” by Georgia Anne Muldrow from “Seeds” released in 2012.

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Looking For The Perfect Beat

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Dope Beatmakers Compilation by the Parisian label Stillmuzik, it’s called “Looking For The Perfect Beat” and is available for a free price at stillmuzik.bandcamp.com enjoy!

In 1983, Afrika Baambata was ‘looking for the perfect beat’ with his band Soul Sonic Force.
30 years after, could he suspect that beatmaking could go so far, spreading all across the world ?
Everybody is looking for the perfect beat. Especially beatmakers.
As a tribute to Bambaata, this compilation has been trying to contribute to this quest combining the original skills of mad beatmakers.
Search for the loop, slice it, paste it, flip it, glitch it, make it right. Whatever the gear : analog, mp3, digital, software, hardware, it doesn’t matter as it sounds good.
Today’s world beatmaking scene is very prolific, some producers are famous, some are getting famous, some work in the shadow of mc’s, but everybody still looks for the perfect beat.
Dilla-ists, Pete-Rockians, Primo’s addicts, Easy-Mo Beeists, whatever school they belong to, all of the beatmakers united in the volume I of this exclusive compilation brought the finest boombap we all love.

KNX “Hai[$100Nytemayrs]”

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This is “Hai[$100Nytemayrs]” a track taken form “Anthology”, 53 tracks anthology taken from the over 9000 Knx Bandcamp releases . “Anthology” will be released June 11th on digital and on cassette via Leaving Records & Stones Throw Records.

Stream & Download “Hai[$100Nytemayrs]” down below, enjoy!

Download MP3: Knx – Hai[$100Nytemayrs]  (right click and save)