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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)

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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?
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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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Bilal ​-​ “Free” ​(​TBGRemix)

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I already know nothing comes in this entire world without a sacrifice.

Bilal’s words to his original song. Tall Black Guy’s retweaked beat. It’s a funky-jazzy-breezy combination you will get your bob and nod on to. Play and set to repeat. Get your own copy via FREE download, too.

DOWNLOAD: BILAL – FREE (TBGREMIX)

The Robert Glasper Trio x Dres (Of Black Sheep) – “Just Cause”

Here it is. Very short, but so sweet. Dres goes in as The Robert Glasper Trio grooves… you know, “Just Cause.”

Just Cause I’m a huge fan of Robert Glasper’s work.. Just Cause his live version of “The Worst” is just an insanely dope piece of work.. Just Cause I play it all the damn time.. Just Cause I thought it would be really cool to put a beat under it and rhyme on it… Just Cause I thought everyone would appreciate the sentiment… I present… Just Cause.
Dres

THE ROBERT GLASPER TRIO X DRES (OF BLACK SHEEP) – JUST CAUSE

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Joi performs new Music at Atlanta Jazz Festival (Video)

The 39th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival kicked off during Memorial Day weekend (May 27th-29th) at historic Piedmont Park.  Three days of great music, food and fun in the sun in the heart of Midtown Atlanta.  The headliner for Friday night was Joi Gilliam who got the festival off to a great start.  Entering the stage with a sequence red dress with one leg out accompanied by beautiful headgear and feathered wings.  You immediately knew that you were in for a show.  Thanking the crowd for supporting her music career that now spans over 20 years.  She did songs from her previous albums like Sunshine & the Rain, Fatal Lovesick Journey all the while backed by drummer Lil John Roberts and a full live band.

Towards the end of her set Joi gave the crowd a treat by performing a new song off the upcoming “Rebekkah Holylove is her name” album.  The track is called “On my way to Berlin” and it got a great response from the huge crowd gathered that night.  Enjoy footage from her performance including the unreleased “On my way to Berlin” track.  Connect with Joi CLICK HERE TO VISIT HER WEBSITE

Thanks again to the great folks over at the Atlanta Jazz Festival for once again having us on site.

Photos taken by Itoro Umontuen

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Black Milk x Nat Turner – “Sunday Outtakes Pt. 2”

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It’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in musical form. It’s Hip-Hop-Bee-Bop-Never-Stop-Jazzy-Funkier-Than-Halitosis. It’s dope instrumental music from Black Milk and Nat Turner from “Sunday Outtakes” (Part 2, tracks 4 and 5).

BLACK MILK X NAT TURNER – SUNDAY OUTTAKES PT. 2

The 39th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival: Memorial Day Weekend

It’s that time of year again where the grills are out, sun is shining and people looking forward to having Monday off from the 9-5.  What is it I am speaking of? That would be Memorial Day, which also means it’s time for the annual Atlanta Jazz Festival.  Celebrating it’s 39th year providing amazing lineups for a free event held in beautiful Piedmont Park in the heart of Atlanta, GA. Three days of nonstop music from artists all over the world will invade midtown Atlanta.  A few of the standout artists are Gregory Porter, Joi, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The Headhunters and many many more.  Once again the Jayforce.com team will be on official media coverage for the festival.  So make sure you follow the sites Instagram & Twitter accounts for live updates, exclusive footage and interviews.  So if you are in Atlanta or the surrounding area come on out and enjoy this city sponsored event!

Celebrating 39 years of musical mastery, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect way to spend Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-29) with family and friends. Set in the heart of midtown Atlanta’s beautiful Piedmont Park, visitors can stroll through booths of unique art, clothing and jewelry and savor delicious treats ranging from BBQ and soul food, to classic burgers. World-class musicians will perform traditional,contemporary, Latin, and hip-hop inspired jazz. Artists performing this year include: Benny Golson, Eliane Elias, and Jamison Ross. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is presented by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Admission is FREE. For more information:
www.atlantafestivals.com
 
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Prince – “Loring Park Sessions” (Instrumental Album Stream)

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Okay, hands up if you DIDN’T know that Prince’s genius included the ability to play damn near EVERY musical instrument imaginable. Anyone? Go ahead if you didn’t know (not like we can see you). So, maybe a refresher wayback flashback is in order. Enter “Loring Park Sessions” where Prince and some compadres are just on here jamming instrumentals. Enjoy #RIPPrince

(Oh yeah, he was doing it like this at 19 years of age!!)

PRINCE – LORING PARK SESSIONS

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