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!

The Foreign Exchange Presents +FE Music: The Reworks

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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!

everybodydigs#73 Nina Simone – I Put a Spell on You

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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!

One of her most pop-oriented albums, but also one of her best and most consistent. Most of the songs feature dramatic, swinging large-band orchestration, with the accent on the brass and strings. Simone didn’t write any of the material, turning to popular European songsmiths Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, and Anthony Newley, as well as her husband, Andy Stroud, and her guitarist, Rudy Stevenson, for bluesier fare. Really fine tunes and interpretations, on which Simone gives an edge to the potentially fey pop songs, taking a sudden (but not uncharacteristic) break for a straight jazz instrumental with “Blues on Purpose.” The title track, a jazzy string ballad version of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic, gave the Beatles the inspiration for the phrasing on the bridge of “Michelle.” (allmusic)

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