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Masego – “Lady Lady” (Prod. By Sounwave)

Masego with that jazzy soul you can bop right out to the floor to… to get your one-two step on to. And while you got your two-step going, your partner’s going, have the drinks flowing…

(May this be your Friday night, every night you need it to be. Enjoy, thoroughly!)

MASEGO – LADY LADY (PROD. BY SOUNWAVE)

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Ali Shaheed Muhammad x Adrian Younge – “The Midnight Hour” (Album)

Nice merger for music’s sake – Ali Shaheeed Muhammad + Adrian Younge on a project. “The Midnight Hour” could be another great set to grab for your Summer soundtrack.

ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD X ADRIAN YOUNGE – THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (ALBUM)

André 3000 – “Look Ma No Hands”

André Tré Stacks on bass clarinet with James Blake playing the piano. Vibe music. But still different than other Dré you’ve heard. Still keeping us listening and interested.

Dropped this extended play track on Mother’s Day, too, along with that “Me & My” song.

ANDRE 3000 – LOOK MA NO HANDS

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R+R=NOW – “Change Of Tone”

Acoustic jazzy musical dopeness in digital form with all the accouterments. Robert Glasper & Terrace Martin with all the accompaniments. Mr. Glasper on keys, Mr. Martin on synthesizer and vocoder (yep)… Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on trumpet, Derrick Hodge on bass, Taylor McFerrin on synth and beatbox (yep), and Justin Tyson on drums.

R+R stands for Reflect and Respond. When you reflect what’s going on in your time and respond to that, you can’t NOT be relevant. So ‘R’ plus ‘R’ equals ‘NOW.’
Robert Glasper

R+R=NOW – CHANGE OF TONE (ITUNES)

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Check Out This “Sway In The Morning Jam Session” (Video)

Man. The Grammys are coming up. We should do something special.

Damn right, Sway. Good call. So you got Lupe Fiasco, Rapsody, Fred The Godson, Chris Rivers, Oswin Benjamin… and Anthony Hamilton… AND Robert Glasper?

Okay. We’re listening. With an anticipation of epic dopeness!!

@ojones1

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August Greene – “Optimistic” feat. Brandy

A better day tomorrow will bring.

Know what though? That better day can be today. Draw energy and inspiration from this jazzy “Optimistic” track by August Greene (featuring Brandy). Oh, by the way, for those not yet knowing, August Greene is actually a trio of artists – Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins. Nice!

AUGUST GREENE – OPTIMISTIC FEAT. BRANDY

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R&B: Musiq Soulchild – “Sooner Or Later”

A double album is always a risky bet for artists. High risk of overplaying your hand, as you are giving lots of music for a reasonable price, with the perception of higher ‘value.’ But often the result is a watered down product, or one with too many tracks between the ‘good’ joints.

Make your own judgments about what Musiq is trying to do with his double LP. But we know you will come to like at least one jawn… “Sooner Or Later”

MUSIQ SOULCHILD – SOONER OR LATER | FEEL THE REAL (LP)

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Jazz/Soul: The Baylor Project – “Laugh And Move On” (Video)

You remember Zhané (pronounced Jah-Nay) from back in the day. Well, everybody… can get some more ‘groove your body’ music. But this is some super-warm, super-slow, squeeze-a-sweety and chill music. Jean Baylor got it done with her hubby Marcus. Awesome song and vid. Album out now (linked below).

Married musicians, vocalist Jean Baylor (formerly of the platinum-selling R&B duo Zhané) and Marcus Baylor, former drummer of the Grammy Award-winning Yellowjackets have created a captivating “project” that meets at the 3-way intersection of Jazz, Gospel and Legacy. Reminiscent of classic soul, “Laugh and Move On” speaks to the strength of the human spirit. No doubt, a very unique album that soothes the soul.
The Baylor Project

THE BAYLOR PROJECT – THE JOURNEY (ALBUM)

@ojones1

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R&B/Soul: The Foreign Exchange – “Shelter”

You already know the math: Phonte + Nicolay = The Foreign Exchange = Dope Music Every Time! And this time out is no exception. If you have checked out their latest project, you already know. If not, you already know you are in for a treat… when you play “Hide & Seek” (compilation LP)… in particular, that “Shelter” single. Nice!

THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE – HIDE & SEEK (ALBUM)

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Alternative: ALA.NI – “You & I” (Album)

Shout to the homie Jess! She hit us with the ALA.NI blessing. Vibe listening for your Sunday enjoyment. Thinking of filing this under Alternative Jazz, but there is something about this artist’s haunting melodies that defies categorization. Hearing a couple of songs on the “You & I” album that would have been right at home on the “Kill Bill” soundtrack though. Case in point: Listen to this “Cherry Blossom” and get a couple of Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2 scenes in your head… fits, right?

ALA.NI – CHERRY BLOSSOM | YOU & I (ALBUM)

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Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds – “Up & Away”

Another one from The Pollyseeds? Yes indeed. This is some good riding music; actually expected to hear an emcee start riding this track out of nowhere. Just has a smooth emcee’s feel. Maybe somebody will rap over a ‘remix’ or something. Still dope if they do or don’t. Check it out! You can pre-order “Sounds Of Crenshaw, Vol. 1” today.

TERRANCE MARTIN PRESENTS THE POLLYSEEDS – UP & AWAY | SOUNDS OF CRENSHAW, VOL. 1 (PRE-ORDER)

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Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds – “Funny How Time Flies” feat. Robert Glasper

Terrace Martin’s jazz group, The Pollyseeds, did a redux of Janet Jackson’s 1987 single “Funny How Time Flies.” The song features Robert Glasper, and we have the stream of the debut of this song on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show embedded below the link to cop at iTunes that follows.

TERRANCE MARTIN PRESENTS THE POLLYSEEDS – FUNNY HOW TIME FLIES FEAT. ROBERT GLASPER (ITUNES)

Robert Glasper – “The Cross” feat. Lianne La Havas x Common

If Jesus died on the cross why I gotta carry it?
Common

Wow. The mark of good instrumentation… the levels to which it pushes accompanying vocalization. Like, just LISTEN to what that music Robert Glasper put down for “The Cross” pulls out of Lianne La Havas and Common. The singing. The lyrics!

Might have to watch that “Burning Sands” this weekend just because of this.

This song was written by Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, and Common for the film “Burning Sands” on Netflix now!

ROBERT GLASPER – THE CROSS FEAT. LIANNE LA HAVAS X COMMON

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Robert Glasper Experiment – “Find You” (Live) [Video]

Another “ArtScience” live performance gem from the in-studio set Robert Glasper Experiment did with DJ Aaron Byrd. This is “Find You” on KCRW.

(Now… you gotta read that last text block like some classic NPR radio intro ish. And if you don’t listen NPR, you should try it out. Some dope music featured and opportunities to expand await.)

ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT – ARTSCIENCE (LP)

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Robert Glasper Experiment – “Day To Day” (Live) [Video]

Grammy award-winning jazz fusion group Robert Glasper Experiment doing “Day To Day” (off “ArtScience”) live for KCRW. Studio session dopeness. Accompanied by DJ Aaron Byrd. Turntablism adding that Hip-Hop finish. The Culture on behavior here is beautiful. NPR does it again!

ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT – ARTSCIENCE (LP)

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DJ Yogi – “The Brunch Mix 09252016” (Mixtape)

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How can a DJ blend tracks from Billy Holiday, Foreigner, George Benson, OutKast and GZA… and still not be done? Easy. Be DJ Yogi! But see, that’s where they eff’d up. NOBODY can be DJ Yogi except DJ Yogi.

Now that that’s settled, “Brunch Mix” anyone?

DJ YOGI – THE BRUNCH MIX 09252016 (MIXTAPE)

Ta-ku x Wafia – “Love Somebody”

Oh yeah. We effs with Ta-ku something heavy already over here. But this “Love Somebody” is doing nothing but locking us into long-term fandom. Dope music and vocalization. Great choice to lure the world over to copping the EP “(m)edian” out now.

TA-KU X WAFIA – LOVE SOMEBODY | (M)EDIAN

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Various Artists – “Spring In Jakarta” (Album)

FREE download alert! The Jakarta label is letting us say goodbye to the great awakening season with a gang of good tunes. ‘Name Your Price’ pricing at the link below (e.g. you can offer $0 and still get all the music). Stream the “Spring In Jakarta” collection here (below) and go there (via the link to Bandcamp) to get yours.

DOWNLOAD: VARIOUS ARTISTS – SPRING IN JAKARTA (ALBUM)

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Robert Glasper Trio – “Sign O The Times” (Redux)

Very nice piece by Robert Glasper Trio, and proof positive that warm sentiment and artistic appreciation do not have to be bound by the trappings of ‘the business.’ Apparently, they were blocked from putting their keyed up version of “Sign O The Times” out when Prince was alive. But still, when respect (and admiration) is earned, respect is due. Pay up. Kudos to Glasper’s group – for the music and the framework and lesson in life #RIPPrince

This is a[n] arrangement I recorded in 2015 as part of my “Covered” album. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to put in on the album. Prince didn’t really like people recording his music lol. But I feel now is a good time to let everyone hear it! This is my favorite Prince joint “Sign O The Times.” The message is still relevant. Prince you are missed. Thank you for unapologetically being you.

ROBERT GLASPER TRIO – SIGN O THE TIMES (REDUX)

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Hezekiah – “Dreams Don’t Chase Themselves” (Album Release Video)

Footage captured at the “Dreams Don’t Chase Themselves” album release party at Johnny Brendas (Philadelphia, PA, USA) last year. It’s a short clip, but the energy conveyed feels like it was a good time with great music. Got the album link below.

This album was so relaxing, and I was in a very, very good space to be expressive.
Hezekiah

HEZEKIAH – DREAMS DON’T CHASE THEMSELVES (ALBUM)

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