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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Joe Harriott & Amancio D’Silva Quartet ‎”Hum Dono” (1969)

The combination of a Jamaican sax player and an Indian jazz guitarist getting together with a UK jazz elite in its hay day could be the stoned out fantasy of many pot smoking vinyl collectors. It’s also a music and cultural melting pot making up a real lost treasure in …

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Music Documentaries
Jazz

The Story behind Tom Browne’s “Funkin For Jamaica (N.Y.)” (1980)

One of Queen’s finest, jazz trumpeter, Tom Browne, recorded what would become a Billboard #1 R&B chart topper back in 1980 – a funky, soulful laden track titled “Funkin’ for Jamaica (N.Y.)” This is a nice little feature giving us some insight into the studio when Browne and his band …

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Forgotten Treasures
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Forgotten Treasure : Kenny Barron “Sunset to Dawn” (1973, Muse Records)

Kenny Barron is a jazz pianist whose inspired and elegant playing is only surpassed by his output. Still active today, he has released close to 50 albums and has recorded with Sonny Fortune, Ron Carter, John Stubblefield, Bobby Hutcherson, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hanes, Yusef Lateef and …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Herbie Hancock “Nobu” (1974)

As you put the needle on this record, you realize after a few seconds that it really wouldn’t take very much to transform this gem into a Techno track perhaps hidden deep in the Underground Resistance back catalogue. Add a heavier kick drum and bassline and voilà! All the techno legends …

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Live Shows
Jazz

1974 – Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters Live in Germany

Here an absolute treasure for you. One of the finest moments in Jazz/Funk/Fusion history with Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters group in 1974 in Bremen, Germany for the “Musikladen” TV Special. Hancock’s HeadHunters albums ushered in a new era of jazz that appealed to a far wider audience – making jazz listeners …

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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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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: The Prestige Jazz Quartet LP (1957, Prestige)

Recorded and released in 1957 on the independent Prestige Records label, The Prestige Jazz Quartet is a typical oddity. The four compositions work as a pendulum between the tail end of bebop era, the coming hard-bop medium, and the beginning of the avant-garde period of 1950s-1960s Black Classical music. Probably …

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Forgotten Treasures
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Forgotten Treasure: Charles Mingus “Scenes in the City” (1957)

As I walked 5 hours alone today in New York City with nothing than other than music in my headphones to accompany me, I thought of sharing with you a song that is quintessentially NYC. “Scenes in the City” released in 1957 by double bassist, composer and jazz legend Charlie Mingus is …

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R.I.P
Jazz

Dave Pike (R.I.P) – The Essential Recordings

Dave Pike was a self-taught jazz vibraphonist who truly excelled at all styles. His passing reminds us that the number of musicians expanding musical horizons by innovating in many genres is fading and that such bold mastery should be cherished. Here are my favorite recordings from the man. Pike’s Peak …

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Music Books
Jazz

“NINA”, a Beautiful Illustrated Children’s Book

Nina is a children’s book by Bruno Liance and Alice Brière-Haquet. And much like music icon Nina Simone’s oeuvre, it goes much deeper than most would. The story goes that, one night, Nina’s daughter Lisa cannot go to sleep, her mom chooses to tell her the story of her first …

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Watch Teaser for Miles Davis movie starring Don Cheadle

Jazz heads around the world have been waiting patiently for the much-hyped release of the Miles Davis biopic and they are probably very anxious to see how it will turn out. Well, here is a brand new teaser to keep you waiting just a little bit longer! “Miles Ahead” which …

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Tribute Mixes
Jazz

Tribute to CANNONBALL ADDERLEY – Selected by Kris Guilty

Mixed & Selected by KRIS GUILTY: “Cannonball Adderley was one of my first jazz obsessions. Along with Art Blakey, Ahmad Jamal & Sun Ra… There were a few years where any record I would come across by these leaders would make its way home with me for further listening. This …

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