Foley – Cum Round (2017)

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BIG NEWS !!! Foley is back for a solo EP “The Lost Sessions : LA” TODAYYYYYYYYY.

Last one was back in 1993 🙂

Foley is just an incredible artist : Lead Bass (Piccolo) for Miles Davis, Drummer (George Clinton !), Sound Engineer (Prince) and much more (Chaka Khan …)

Please take a moment to hear et watch his last tune … Cum Round 😉

This video was edited by Foley himself by the way.

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#Classic George Benson / Rachelle Ferrell

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Classic ! When Rachelle Ferrell meets the godfather George Benson at Montreux, with great Legendary producer Quincy Jones conducting the Festival … you got GOOSEBUMPS all the way.

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I promise I got tears EACH TIME Rachelle is singing in that duet … Speechless

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Zara McFarlane – Pride

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The second track to be taken from Zara McFarlane’s showstopping third album Arise, “Pride” is a tightly tuned, rhythmic waltz, matching killer jazz chops with pitch-perfect, standout vocals. Building up to a blowout crescendo, it sees Moses Boyd on drums sparring with Binker Golding’s tenor sax. This new record sees Zara’s most open-armed embrace of her British-Jamaican heritage, with this track – including a turn on the bass clarinet from Shabaka Hutchings – being part of a broader exploration into the connections between jazz and reggae.
Album OUT TODAY ! ! ! !

Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference

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He’s out !! The last Kamasi Washington album, Harmony of Difference, is out !!!

“Harmony of Difference was originally part of a multimedia work that illustrated how forces that seem to be working in opposition could come together as a composite of complex beauty. This was illustrated in the original exhibit by a series of projected paintings (created by artist and Washington’s sister Amani Washington) that were gradually overlaid to form an abstract image of a face. Musically, Washington explores the theme by writing a series of five short pieces that are also folded together into a lengthy, recombinant suite.

That extended piece, called “Truth,” was released earlier this year as part of a short film by director A.G. Rojas (which was also part of the Whitney exhibit). The structure lends a sense of déjà vu, as motifs and riffs and melodies are introduced and then reappear later. Where musical counterpoint was the driving idea for the compositions Harmony also feels like a meditation on memory, association, and vantage point. Hearing it in one sitting is like looking at a sculpture from multiple angles and suddenly the three-dimensional form clicks in your mind and you apprehend the whole.”

Get your copy RIGHT NOW !! And take a few minutes to listen to the track “Perspective” … a fabulous Jazz Funk tune back in the best of the 70’s …

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Andra Day – Strange Fruit

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Andra Day covers the iconic song “Strange Fruit.” Originally performed by Billie Holiday in 1939, the song protests lynching, a form of racial terror which took more than 4,000 African American lives and reinforced white supremacy. Most states have no memorials commemorating lynching sites, some of which are featured in this video. Andra, in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, sheds light on this difficult history and the ways that racial injustice continues. In order to move forward, we must confront our past.

https://lynchinginamerica.eji.org/

ZOZOPHONIC ORCHESTRA – That Thing

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Between pre-war blues and backyard grooves, the Zozophonic Orchestra continues to explore their “urban country blues” sound, straight out of the ’20s but boosted by distortions and urban rhythms.

It’s also about the bandleader, Manouche Fournier, passionate about African-American music of all kinds and a trumpet-player who picked up the guitar and learned to sing along the way. But mostly it’s about a group of virtuoso musicians trained in jazz but always ready to take on new vibes.

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Collectively, the members of the Zozophonic Orchestra take the Deep South blues in a whole new direction. The humidity of the Caribbean meets New Orleans funk to create a modern sound, mixing committed lyrics with angry improvisations.

From the overflowing Mississippi to a broken-down subway, you’ll swear you’re listening to Ben Harper jamming with Beck & The Meters.

 

 

Terrace Martin & The Pollyseeds

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We’re lucky ! A lot of great “new” musicians are really prolific !! Here’s the latest project of the man : The Pollyseeds – Sounds of Crenshaw Vol.1

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He collaborated with incredible musicians such as Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington and Marlon Williams … HOT !!!