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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Bennys Badekar “Blaekspruttesangen” (1971)

I was playing a guest set on the legendary WEFUNK radio show a couple weeks ago. After an hour of playing tunes and hanging out with Professor Groove (co-founder of the show with Static) I played a German Soul track which made us both crack up. PG then started telling …

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Mix Of The Day
Soul Worldwide Sounds

Dr Miette “Summer Soundz 5″

Great French DJ, member of the great Supagroovalistic crew and our good friend, Dr. Miette has been doing a special Summer mix for the past years. Always featuring a well researched and balanced dose of soul, jazz, sunny vibes from all corners of the globe. However, since this is his first …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Michal Urbaniak “Ecstasy” (1978)

I came across Polish jazz artist Michal Urbaniak about a week ago, after having listened to an old Madlib track titled “What a Day.” It sampled Urbaniak’s “A Day in the Park” off his classic 1978 album “Ecstasy” released on Marlin Records. The composition of the track was sublime, the vocals …

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Video Digs
Jazz

Oscar Peterson on Signature Piano Styles in 1979 TV Appearance

Internationally renowned, Montreal-born jazz pianist Oscar Peterson entertained the world with his mastery and prowess over the piano for over 40 years. “The Maharaja of the keyboard” as he was called by Duke Ellington, shows that not only is he a genius of the piano but also true Musical Polyglot, …

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Future Classics
Jazz

Future Classic: Ruby Rushton “Two For Joy” (22a Music)

London based label 22a have been ruffling a few feathers over the last year with their no-nonsense brand of dance music acting as a creative hub for a collective of like-minded musicians; Tenderlonious, Al Dobson Jr, Jeen Bassa, Mo Kolours, Reginald Omas Mamode IV and Henry Wu. Now into the …

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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
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Gabor Szabo “Dreams” (1969)

Gabor Szabo may not have been as much of a household name as his jazz guitar counterparts (Grant Green & Wes Montgomery), but the Hungarian guitarist was a incredibly skilled player that posessed unmatched versatility. After starting his career as a member of the ever evolving Chico Hamilton Quintet in the …

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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 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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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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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

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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Future Classics
Jazz Soul

Future Classic: Gregory Porter “Musical Genocide” (St-Germain Version)

When two of your favorite artists of the two last decades are found together on the A side of a (beautiful red-colored) 7 inch record, then you know it deserves your strict attention. More precisely, the deep velvety voice of Gregory Porter (who won the 2013 Grammy award for the best …

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