everybodydigs#57 Sam Rivers – Dimensions And Extensions


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!

Multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers is usually identified with jazz’s avant-garde wing, but many of his albums are highly accessible thanks to his use of hard swing and his well-defined themes. Recorded in 1967,Dimensions And Extensions is one of Rivers’s finest albums ever. It features a group of simpatico musicians including trombonist Julian Priester (later to play with Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi band), alto saxophonist James Spaulding, and hard bop (later crossover) expert trumpeter Donald Byrd. While much of this set is cerebral and sometimes challenging, Rivers engages the listener with his fervent soloing on soprano and tenor saxes and flute, as well as with his rhythmic urgency.

Personnel: Sam Rivers (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); James Spaulding (flute, alto saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Julian Priester (trombone); Cecil McBee (bass instrument); Steve Ellington (drum).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:



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!

#3: “Dolphin Dance” by Ahmad Jamal from “The Awakening” released in 1970 > sampled in > “Episode XXIII” by Madlib from “Madlib Medicine Show #5” released in 2010.


Seravince – Hear To See


Seravince‘s album entitled “Hear To See” is available worldwide now! I posted “U Love” featuring Renee Neufville back in November and i was so curious to listen to the album.

Seravince is an exciting project from keyboardist and composer Vincent Helbers (aka Flowriders) with a significant contribution of virtuoso drummer Richard Spaven (Jose James, Flying Lotus, Robert Mitchell 3io, Guru) and sensual vocals courtesy of Sharlene Hector (Basement Jaxx, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mark de Clive Lowe) and Renee Neufville (Zhane, RH Factor).

Relased on Moovmnt Records this is such a beautiful album, available now both physically and digitally on bandcamp: moovmnt.bandcamp.com enjoy!

For more info check: www.seravince.com

Full listen here:

José James – No Beginning, No End


New José James‘s album entitled “No Beginning, No End” is finally out on Blue Note Records, we are just in January but i can already put this album in the top 10 of the best albums of the 2013, such a perfect mix of hip hop, jazz, funk, soul & r’n’b with the beautiful voice of José James and great artists like Robert Glasper, Pino Palladino and Chris Dave plus 2 great guests like Emily King and Hindi Zahra, do yourself a favor and pick up this album!

out now on iTunes and also you can still stream the album in its entirety on npr> www.npr.org enjoy!