Tag: chill

June 7, 2019 /

Bruh, Lonnie Liston Smith‘s got HEAT!

Jazz and funk veteran Lonnie Liston Smith has been in the cut since the early 1960s, establishing his keyboard chops while working with jazz greats like Art BlakeyMax RoachPharoah Sanders, and even Miles Davis.

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March 22, 2019 /

My goodness, King Krule has GOT to be hiding a 55-year old crooner in his basement, man!

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February 1, 2019 /

“The South got something to say…” And they said it LOUD.

Alright. So, in ’94 OutKast arrived and upset the hip-hop hierarchy, establishing that South, Atlanta in particular, was very much a force to be reckoned with and very far removed from the cold street themes of NYC or the smoked out set-trippin’ of Los Angeles.

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January 4, 2019 /

There’s two things going on at the heart of So It Goes, the only album from the hip-hop group Ratking.

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November 9, 2018 /
October 18, 2018 /

I’m just here to say y’all need to put some respect on Sade‘s name!

Sade (pronounced, Sha-DAY) is one group that earns their praise but one whom I find are somewhat overlooked when it comes to discussion of top-tier R&B acts.

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August 10, 2018 /

I’m a Libra myself, but whatever…

Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley left an indelible mark on the world of jazz, playing with legends such as Ray Charles and Miles Davis (even playing on Davis’s legendary Kind of Blue and Milestones albums), teaching jazz at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (I lived near that school for a time), and later on as a bandleader in The Cannonball Adderley Quintet, which featured his brother, trumpeter Nat Adderley and other jazz heavyweights which included Yusef LateefJoe Zawinul, and Barry Harris.

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June 22, 2018 /

The Nonce is one of those groups who, if you know, you know. But if you don’t, hey, I’m here to share the goodness.

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April 20, 2018 /

So before the storied and lengthy career and massive critical acclaim, before Black Thought was proving he was the GOAT, before ?uestlove was the keeper of the culture and the beats, and before they were Jimmy Fallon‘s house band, The Roots was a unique rap act coming out of Philly, and in the early ’90s right when East Coast hip-hop was taking on a jazz-influenced style, The Roots went all the way in, employing live instruments like horns and pianos.

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March 9, 2018 /

Queen Latifah is a legend. Arriving on the scene in the late ’80s, the rapper born Dana Owens came with an attitude and intelligent, enlightened style that was all her own.

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