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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: The Ahmad Jamal Trio “The Awakening” (1970) + Samples

Ahmad Jamal is without a doubt one of the last true jazz giants who is still active. Armed with his piano, the Pittsburg native delivered a legendary trio session at the beginning of the 70’s. After having produced close to 20 albums for Chess Records and sub-labels Argo and Cadet, …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Hudson People “Trip To Your Mind” (1979)

When I travel by myself for some DJ gigs, a quality playlist on the ipod is absolutely crucial. It seems that when you are absorbing a completely new landscape it gives songs you’ve heard a new meaning. So this one is dedicated to the beautiful car ride from Croatia to …

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Future Classics

Future Classic: The Sorcerers “The Sorcerers”

“Who’s this? The Sorcerers? It’s cool! This is great. Give me the cd man!” – Mulatu Astatke Taking influences from Ethiopiques ethiojazz as well as the soundtracks to the European horror films of the 60s and 70s, The Sorcerers seamlessly blend these disparate elements into one cohesive package. Based in …

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Future Classics

Future Classic: Ambient Jazz Ensemble “Suite Shop”

via Here & Now: “Ambient Jazz Ensemble’s sound is inspired by a mix of Brian Eno, Gil Evans and Weather Report. From the offset “Eyes Wide Open” takes us on an glorious orchestral, slightly jazzy direction. Think Pat Metheny Group meets David Axelrod with a modern electronic twist. The horns, …

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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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Dj Mixes
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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Music Documentaries
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: 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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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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