everybodydigs#25 Sam Rivers – A New Conception

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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 title of A New Conception refers to Sam Rivers’ ingenious interpretations of standards on this record. Rivers treats the songs — such familiar items as “When I Fall in Love,” “I’ll Never Smile Again,” “That’s All,” “What a Difference a Day Makes,” and “Secret Love” — with respect, but he doesn’t treat them as museum pieces. He knows that if the songs are to remain fresh, they need to be heard in different ways, and he skillfully opens up each composition to contemporary avant-garde techniques. Rivers and his supporting trio of pianist Hal Galper, bassist Herbert Lewis, and drummer Steve Ellington gradually ease each number into more adventurous territory, slowly shifting into exploratory instrumental sections, slyly varying the melodic themes, or adding shaded dissonant textures. It’s challenging music that remains accessible, since it reconfigures familiar items in new, intriguing ways. The sheer skill in Rivers’ arrangements once again confirms his large, unfortunately underappreciated, talent.

Personnel: Sam Rivers (tenor and soprano saxophone, flute), Hal Galper (piano), Herbie Lewis (bass), Steve Ellington (drums)

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Top Tape – Dublab x Leaving Records x Stones Throw

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Top Tape is co-presented by our brethren in sound, Leaving Records. For this recurrent happening the dublab tape team dig up their favorite cassingles, mixtapes, and cassette spooled albums for a night of magnetic music. This evening of super saturation is hosted by Frosty + Matthewdavid and features an all-tape tag-team rotation of amazing djs. VHS visions are mixed live on the big screen by Alex Pelly and occasional inspired video heads.

This is an archive of a special Top Tape installment celebrating the collaborative Stones Throw x Leaving Records double cassette compilation DUAL FORM. The night featured all-tape sets by Peanut Butter Wolf, Matthewdavid, M. Geddes Gengras, White Rainbow, EMV, Knxwledge, Large Cats, Cat 500, Sun Araw and many more! Dual Form “Golden Tickets” were dropped at local record stores and lucky winners received a limited edition Leaving Records mix tape cassette by Matthewdavid. High energy was truly in the air for this night. We hope you enjoy the archive!

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Roy Ayers Project Beat Submission Compilation Vol. 4

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Volume 4 of Roy Ayers Project Beat Submission Compilation, enjoy! if you missed the previous volumes: Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3

For more info check: www.royayersproject.com

This particular installment is special for a few reasons. First off, it features producers for over 12 different countries (including first time contributions from Sweden, Algeria and Istanbul), and 20 different cities. Second, it features our first female beat contributor, which is important to note in the male dominated world of beat production. Third, it is more beats to add to the previous 3 volumes, all of which feature Roy Ayers as inspiration.

As always, we would like to thank our contributors, crew, and all the people who have made the Roy Ayers Project possible, and we especially thank and appreciate our readers and viewers who have watched us build this fantastic project. We also want to acknowledge all of the producers from around the globe, who made this possible. Last (and certainly not least), we praise Roy Ayers, who is a continued inspiration to us all.

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everybodydigs#24 Billie Holiday – Lady Sings the Blues

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Taken from a couple of sessions taped during 1955-1956, Lady Sings the Blues finds Holiday in top form and backed by the sympathetic likes of tenor saxophonists Budd Johnson and Paul Quinichette, trumpeter Charlie Shavers, pianist Wynton Kelly, and guitarist Billy Bauer. And while these autumnal sides bear some of the frayed vocal moments often heard on Holiday’s ’50s Verve sides, the majority here still ranks with her best material. This is especially true of the cuts from a June 1956 date, which produced unparalleled versions of “No Good Man,” “Some Other Spring,” and “Lady Sings the Blues.”

Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals); Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessel (guitar); Anthony Sciacca (clarinet); Willie “The Lion” Smith (alto saxophone); Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone); Harry “Sweets” Edison , Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Wynton Kelly, Bobby Tucker (piano); Red Callender, Aaron Bell (bass guitar); Chico Hamilton, Leonard Browne (drums).

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everybodydigs#23 Chet Baker – She Was Too Good To Me

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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!

Besides being a great recording, this one also has some historical significance, as it is viewed by many as Chet’s “comeback” album. Although Baker recorded in the late sixties, they were really dreadful commercial albums. This is the first significant recording Chet made since the ’65 Prestige sessions. It also marks the beginning of a very successful association with Creed Taylor and CTI Records. Chet recorded some of best work for CTI in the mid-to-late 1970′s. Bob James’ electric piano and some strings (just the right amount) give this CD a unique flavor. Chet sings several ballads, and this is where you start to hear the change in his voice. It’s still soft and sincere, but it is lower and starting to show the ravishes of cigarettes and drugs. (chetbakertribute.com)

Personnel: Chet Baker (trumpet, vocals); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Bob James (electric piano); Ron Carter (bass); John DeJohnette (drums); Steve Gadd (drums); Dave Friedman (vibes); Hubert Laws (flute).

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everybodydigs#22 Charles Mingus – Blues and Roots

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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!

Bassist Charles Mingus was always ready for a good fight. In the liner notes to this disc, Mingus says he wanted to respond to critics who said he didn’t swing enough. And reply he did. Mingus gave whoever these absurd quibblers were some of the most ecstatic blues (“Moanin’” and “Cryin Blues”), gospel (“Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting”), and Dixieland (“My Jelly Roll Soul”) the jazz world has ever heard. Along with his striking original compositions, the instrumental combination in Mingus’s nonet remains unconventional: the frontline included four saxophonists and two trombonists without the counterweight of a trumpeter. The leader’s sliding-octave bass lines and percussive slaps are totally rollicking, and the wild abandon in the group’s playing is irrepressible. –Aaron Cohen

Personnel: Charles Mingus (bass); Jackie McLean, John Handy (alto saxophone); Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Jimmy Knepper, Willie Dennis (trombone); Horace Parlan, Mal Waldron (piano); Dannie Richmond (drums).

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