everybodydigs#91 Miles Davis – Miles Ahead

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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!

These 1957 recordings were the first of Miles Davis’s collaborations with arranger Gil Evans for Columbia, renewing a relationship that had begun with the Birth of the Cool sessions in 1949. It was perhaps the most important relationship ever forged between a jazz soloist and an arranger, for Evans excelled at finding fresh material (like Delibes’s “The Maids of Cadiz”) and then adding subtle voicings and blending unusual instruments to highlight Davis’s central voice. Everything Evans does enhances the trumpeter’s keen sense of space and his evocative sound. He could construct complex arrangements and make them fly (as on the opening “Springsville,” by John Carisi), contrast Davis’s voice with tuba or bass clarinet, or create the longing, Spanish-inflected “Blues for Pablo,” a precursor to their later Sketches of Spain. –Stuart Broomer

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#90 Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage

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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!

In the mid-’60s, a distinctive postbop style evolved among the younger musicians associated with Blue Note, a new synthesis that managed to blend the cool spaciousness of Miles Davis’s modal period, some of the fire of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and touches of the avant-garde’s group interaction. Maiden Voyage is a masterpiece of the school, with Hancock’s enduring compositions like “Maiden Voyage” and “Dolphin Dance” mingling creative tension and calm repose with strong melodies and airy, suspended harmonies that give form to his evocative sea imagery. Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard was at a creative peak, stretching his extraordinary technique to the limits in search of a Coltrane-like fluency on the heated “Eye of the Storm,” while the underrated tenor saxophonist George Coleman adds a developed lyricism to the session. –Stuart Broomer

Personnel: Herbie Hancock (piano); Herbie Hancock; Ron Carter (bass instrument); George Coleman (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Tony Williams (drums).

Rapppamelo’s favorite track:

sampleecious#14

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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!

#13: “Butterfly” by Herbie Hancock from “Thrust” released in 1974 > sampled in > “(Pimp) Strut” by Pete Rock  from “The Surviving Elements” released in 2005.

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Kwala – Lakebed EP

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Kwala released his new EP few days ago, It’s entitled “Lakebed” and essentially is a collection of very chill and relaxing tracks taken from the visual album “Cosmic Village” that he created with his friend and film maker Jacob Williams which you can watch at vimeo.com/63292771. “Lakebed EP” is available now at kwala.bandcamp.com for just 1$, go get it, enjoy!

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Coultrain “13th Floor (The ‘?’)”

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Coultrain released an exclusive, non-album single as a prologue to his upcoming album “Jungle Mumbo Jumbo”, it’s called “13th Floor (The ‘?’)” and you can download it for free, enjoy!

The “13th Floor” is a piece that illustrates the inevitable question that Seymour must face when returning from his Sabbatical. And because this music and poetry serves as a mirror for the universe, its a reflection of the question, though worded different ways, that we all confront, am i who i am, do i think what i think, do i love who i love, do i prefer what i prefer, because i chose or…? and then whats the solution?

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Cosmic Compositions Avant Garde Series Vol​​.​​2 [Alice Coltrane]

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Second compilation of Avant Garde Series by Cosmic Compositions, this Volume 2 is dedicated to Alice Coltrane, available now at cosmic-compositions.bandcamp.com enjoy!

We feel there are huge similarity’s between the Avant-Garde/Free Jazz movement of the 50’s & 60’s & the beat movement of Today. As both movements attempted to break down, extend & alter the conventions of their original genres (Jazz & Hip Hop) & were never afraid to experiment & improvise to create something that wasn’t accepted commercially at the time.