It’s a sad day for Jazz/Funk as legendary keyboardist George Duke died today. His smooth sounds were a huge influence on me since I heard Brazilian Love Affair and helped me grow up from jazz to funk to house. Read more about his life here.
Christian McBride in outer space
Ok. So it’s not exactly a mixtape, but the Christian McBride Band’s live set recorded recently at The Kennedy Center in DC is probably what techno sounds like when it’s played by jazz musicians in outer space. It’s also a live so it plays continuously and kind of feels like a mixtape (as long as you ignore/ffwd through that annoying woman from NPR). This is some serious future jazz so enjoy it.
And speaking of Jazz. (1) Check out our new amigo DJ Durutti‘s top jazz albums of the 90’s list that he put us on too after checking our Jazz…We Got mixtape. (2) Techno heads need to hear this live pa by Matthew Johnson‘s super-group, Cobblestone Jazz recorded at some club in Amsterdam (thanks Sergio).
Christian McBride Band at the Kennedy Center
Sorry it’s not the usual mp3 links, but NPR uses Real Player and you gotta goto their site to launch it. So click and then you can listen. Blame NPR not us.
I’m smashing it today, right? Pics from DOTC2 and a new podcast live from Monaco so far and now something totally different.
So I went to high-school with Ross The Boss (F.K.A. DJ Rook) who is a seriously dope bedroom hip-hop DJ and has a headie podcast that you can check here. Dude is a also a talented jazz piano player and we used to rock together when I played saxophone. We also DJed together alot and in 1999 decided to hook our people up with with a Xmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza mixtape for the ages. It’s all jazz music and all mixed in weird and crazy ways with some dope scratch interludes from R.T.B. I dug out the tape a few months back and Ross ripped it, hosted it and posted each side on his podcast and now I’m reposting here. You can also check his take on things and some nice jazz pics and liner notes on his page. Please excuse the sound quality, it’s a tape. These are still some of my favorite jazz tunes and I hope you enjoy it!
Side A Tracklist
Words from Rahsaan
Dexter Gordan- A Night in Tunisia
Eric Jackson- A Tribute to Miles
Miles Davis- Round Midnight
Sonny Rollins- St. Thomas
John Coltrane- In A Sentimental Mood
Brown & Roach- Take the A Train
Thelonius Monk- Well You Neednt
Nat Adderley- Work Song
Charlie Parker- Ornithology
Carmen McRae- I Didnt Know
Side B Tracklist
Intro- Jazz We Got
Dave Brubeck- Take Five
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman- My One and Only Love
Modern Jazz Quartet- Bags Groove
Eric Dolphy- Epistrophy
Clifford Brown and Max Roach- Doxy
John Coltrane- A Love Supreme (Acknowledgement)
Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery- Deliliah
Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie- Honeysuckle Rose
Rook and Elyte – Jazz…We Got (1999) – Side A DOWNLOAD
Rook and Elyte – Jazz…We Got (1999) – Side B DOWNLOAD
Make sure to subscribe to Ross The Boss Radio if you love jazzy and underground hip-hop. Dude has done crazy episodes like Oukast vs. Madlib and the all female MCs mix. Plus he also posts his old mixes from the 90’s which are nuts.