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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Roots & Fruits...

While this week's show doesn't have a real theme, there are a few related songs here & there.

"You Ain't Hip" by Don Blackman features one of the Jamaica (Queens, NYC) sessionistas (e.g., Tom Browne, Bernard Wright, Lenny White) presenting his take on the chapter & verse of the (jazz) funk.  Another groove with folks vocally goofing-off over it.  "Don't Push" Tettory Bad's cut featuring legendary UK MC Ty makes some interesting references--classic hiphop and classic greek mythology (how often do you get that from dance music?)  "Rapper Dapper Snapper" by Edwin Birdsong should be self-explanatory (listening required.)   Troublemakers' "Too Old To Die" makes interesting use of a Last Poets song popular with sample-based producers.  Thanks to the Jazzanova DJs I found out about this track years ago and have been loving it ever since--"Adore (King Britt's Scuba Remix)" by I:Cube.  An old friend clued me into the original artist for the next song "Today," a Jefferson Airplane song as covered by jazzman  Tom Scott.  Once again, a listen makes it obvious why "They Reminisce Over You" by Pete Rock & CL Smooth follows.  Many people are aware of first Motown Remixed project but did you know there was a "sequel?" "Shotgun (Los Amigos Invisibles Mix)" by Jr. Walker & The All-Stars is one of my favorites from the latin-flavored (slight) return...  Martin Solveig's "Mr. President" takes us back to "The Motherland" (aka Africa) with its afro-house feel and west-african style vocal.  "4.Y.V." feat. Abdul Shyllon by Mark de Clive-Lowe modifies the afro-vibe with latin elements from the New World over drum machine grooves; "Travelling Sorceress (Joe Claussell Mix)" has Cassandra Wilson giving tribute to Miles Davis over rhythms from the Caribbean leading into more "beats meet spirituality" from "The Creator Has a Master Plan (Trip Hop Remix)" the re-touched Pharoah Sanders classic which concludes the show.

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