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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Pharoah Sanders “You Gotta Have Freedom” (1980)

If artistic freedom is hard to define than Free Jazz is even harder to define. Jazz can be considered the art of improvising and the melodic ancher that holds down a semblance of standard is the only constraint a player can define for himself. In all cases saxophonist and Coltrane …

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Forgotten Treasure: Five Stairsteps “Danger She’s a Stranger”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Five Stairsteps “Danger She’s a Stranger” (1967)

The Five Stairsteps we’re the original ‘First Family of Soul’ (before the J5) and literally grew up through the Chicago Soul tradition. Danger! She’s a Stranger features mature harmonies from a group of tweens and the song itself is a risky attempt at hovering between melancholic and joyful tones. The …

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The Classicaliszt
Classical Hip-Hop

Symphony Orchestra meets Hip-Hop Classics!

Many attempts at “mashing up” Hip-Hop and classical music have failed miserably, but Polish composer/beatmaker Radzimir “JIMEK” Dębski has pulled it off masterfully. Much like Californian composer and Dilla disciple Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s Suites for Ma Dukes, classical hip-hop covers work best when the composer is both a certified orchestrator and …

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Mix Of The Day
Soul

Mix of the Day: Matthew Africa “Twee Funk Mix”

If you’ve read my past posts your no “stranger” to the fact I love the classic “soul groups” and that one of my favorite varieties is Kiddie Soul aka Jackson 5 clones. Well orchestrated angelic voices singing about puppy love was the hot selling material back in the 60s and …

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Oliver Nelson “The Blues and the Abstract Truth”
Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Oliver Nelson “The Blues and the Abstract Truth” (1961)

Oliver Nelson is a legendary jazz arranger with a strong playing pedigree (he played tenox sax with Quincy Jones in the early 60s) that really came into his own on his timeless and most revered record ”The Blues and the Abstract Truth”. This is a very special record personally as …

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The Classicaliszt
Classical

Top 10 Vocal Selections from 2015 Montreal International Music Competition

I had the privilege to take part in the 2015 Montreal International Music Competition as a phantom jury for the CBC. Being as this year was the vocal competition, I was immediately taken back to my days as a choir signer and operatic performer. We have touched upon the voice …

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Future Classics
Beats Boogie / Funk / Disco

Future Classic: Voyage Funktastique Vol.1

Compilations are best when they help you discover a whole new genre, feature varied artists and are put together, the right way, by someone whose passion for the genre borders on obsessive. The final point might be the key to the success of the Voyage Funktastique Vol.1 released on MIMS …

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Events
Jazz

Music Is My Sanctuary Guide to the 2015 Montreal Jazz Fest

The 36th edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival is upon us and we here at MIMS have taken it upon ourselves to recommend some of our favorite acts & live shows for you to make the most out of these 10 days of musical madness. We are also taking …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Les Gens d’Airs “Sous-Estimés EP”

Hard hitting Montreal producer ElCotola is back joining forces with Quebec spitter Aspect Mendoza to release Les Gens d’Airs‘ introductory Sous-Estimes EP which is a preview to an upcoming full album. Similar to Cotola’s collabo with Obia (link) this is not throwaway mixtape tracks, instead its a solid effort that …

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The Classicaliszt
Classical

Vocal Perfection and Eternal Glory: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Maria Callas

The human voice is a formidable instrument. It’s astounding to think of the required combination of physical prowess, emotional intelligence to properly interpret a passage and skill and culture that allows a performer to enunciate repertoire in many languages effortlessly and truly master this musical tool. Those that made to …

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RIP B.B. King, the King of Blues (1925-2015)

When a giant passes, it may catch everyone by surprise. In the case of Blues legend B.B King, his legacy and influence was so omnipresent it’s as if we thought he might live forever. With over 50 LPs under his belt, one might consider him the James Brown of the …

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Future Classics
Boogie / Funk / Disco Soul

Future Classic: DJ Day & Lord Echo “Bohemian Idol / Land of 1000 Chances Remixes”

Two of my favorite multi-instrumentalist producers DJ Day and Lord Echo are jointly releasing remixes of each others work via the Bastard Jazz label. Day give a reggae rework to Echo’s Bohemian Idol while the Lord discofies Land of a 1000 Chances and the whole ordeal is released on a …

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