It's been a while since we did this, ladies and gentlemen. And I've been on this crazy jazz/indie hip-hop tip today so, here goes..
Dust Off The Crates - 3rd Edition
Madlib - Shades of Blue (2003)
Gaining unlimited access to masters from jazz imprint Blue Note Records, Oxnard, C.A. producer/multi-instrumentalist Madlib reinterprets the catalog of legendary American recordings in his own THC-inspired way on 2003's Shades of Blue. Madlib flips classics like Donald Byrd's "Steppin' Into Tomorrow" and Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Brew" in addition to playing a cover of Horace Silver's "Song For My Father" to tribute his own dad, singer Otis Jackson, Sr. Shades of Blue is a brilliantly musical LP packed with jazzy, rugged hip-hop hybrids.
Madlib - Mystic Bounce
Madlib - Song For My Father
Madlib - Slim's Return
Grant Green - Live At Club Mozambique (1971)
Grant Green, the often-overlooked soul jazz and hard bop guitarist who recorded prolifically for Blue Note in the 60's and 70's, glides effortlessly on his 1971 live disc Live at the Mozambique Club. The tracks selected here display Green's funkified licks and up-tempto improvisations.
Grant Green - More Today Than Yesterday
Grant Green - Jan Jan
Grant Green - One More Chance
Madlib - Studio Kinda Cloudy Vol 2 (2002)
For the final disc here in this edition, we return to the West Coast's eclectic, sample-lovin' musician Madlib. Studio Kinda Cloudy Vol 2's quirky, blunted environment leads to hazy remixes of dope hip-hop tracks (Gangstarr's "Just To Get A Rep," Fat Joe & Noreaga's "Misery Loves Company"), bugged-out relics of the art's golden era ("Make Them Clap" featuring Wildchild, "My World Primiere" featuring Peanut Butter Wolf's deceased homie Charizma), and odes to true heads ("Loopdigga" and "Variation of the Rain 8"). Definitely cool.
Madlib ft. Charizma - My World Primiere Madlib Remix
Madlib ft. The Roots - Variation of the Rain 8
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