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Blue Note gets invaded...

Discussion in 'Music' started by JasonK, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. JasonK

    JasonK Well-Known Member

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    I just picked up Otis Jackson Jr's "Shades of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note".

    Madlib is a producer who was granted access to the Blue Note vaults for this release.

    It's not a mixtape - but Madlib 're-interprets' many Blue Note classics. There are also numerous Blue Note artists on the release talking about Blue Note.

    Madlib is mainly an underground hip-hop producer, but he's a big jazz fan - his Dad and Uncle both were in the scene. He's put out releases as Yesterday's New Quintet - all jazz/fusion/free jazz sounds.

    I'd highly recommend 'Shades of Blue'. With luck, it'll turn hip-hop fans onto jazz, and jazz cats may check out some other Madlib tracks.
     
  2. Mike Broadman

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    Didn't US3 also have similar access to the Blue Note vaults? IIRC correctly, the results were less than stellar.
     
  3. JasonK

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  4. Mike Broadman

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    I'll keep it mind. I'd pick it up now if I weren't so tight on funds.

    Unrelated, but I finally got around to picking up an OutKast CD- Stankonia. I also bought a "clean" (censored) version of ATLiens, unknowingly, which I promptly returned.

    I loved the sound of ATLiens and will try to pick up the normal version ASAP. Stankonia is also very cool, just loses focus towards the end.

    I've found a new hip-hop group I love. [​IMG]

    Also picked up The Roots' Things Fall Apart. Excellent.

    Unfortunately, when $$ is tight, hip-hop and classical are the genrese that get the least attention from me, so my rap collecting will be painfully slow.
     
  5. JasonK

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    Can't go wrong with Outkast. It's been a really good year so far for hip-hop. A lot of interesting releases. I can't speak for the mainstream stuff - but the Ninjatune sub-label Big Dada put out King Geedorah (an alias of MF Doom) which is my favorite album of the year so far.

    Stones Throw has an incredible lineup - Jaylib, Madvillain, and Peanut Butter Wolf + Charizma all have albums due for release this year.

    There's also a new Aesop Rock, another MF Doom pseudonym album (Viktor Vaughn) and a new Kool Keith album.

    I thought last year was outstanding for hip-hop, but this year is shaping up to be even better.
     

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