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Braxton Cook’s Tuneful and Charming Debut LP ‘Somewhere in Between’ is Here

Musician and vocalist Braxton Cook has already displayed supreme artistry with his previous single releases. But now that the D.C./NYC-based, Alto Sax virtuoso’s full, debut album is out, we’re glued to the vibrantly jazzy, woodwind-centric flair of Somewhere in Between. Cook doesn’t disappoint as he demonstrates an unmatched flexibility by merging multiple genres into an ardent,…

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Virtuoso of Jazz, Al Jarreau, Dies at 76

Sunday morning, legendary vocalist Al Jarreau passed on to share his soothing melodies with the angels. The singer’s manager, Joe Gordon, released a statement announcing that Al’s death had occurred at 5:30AM in Los Angeles surrounded by the comfort of his wife and son, Susan and Ryan. Gordon also mentions Ryan’s request from those paying their condolences:…

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Roll Back, Play That: Mocky

Recording artist, instrumentalist and producer, Mocky is as blissful as they come. His music permeates with jazz infused and soul induced soundscapes that are sure to move you. Today he takes part in this edition of “Roll Back, Play That” with tender tracks that move your soul and open your mind. This 6-track playlist includes…

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Get Lost In Another Dimension With Thundercat’s Animated “Song For The Dead”

Bass player and singer Thundercat never disappoints as he releases an intergalactic visual for his lead single, “Song for the Dead,” stemming from his latest mini-LP The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam. We have listened to him create wondrous bass lines over Flying Lotus’ tracks, along with a slew of others, but now we have Thundercat’s…

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Interview: A Haunting Angelic Voice, Kelsey Lu

A haunting, angelic voice flowing over solemn, passion-filled cello chords spills out of my speakers. It’s a full moon and laying on the floor of my incense filled candle-lit room vibing to female musicians, hoping to harness their strong, feminine energy. Kelsey Lu’s ethereal sound strikes a chord within me. Her vulnerability mirrors how I’ve…

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Audio: Miles Davis, “Maiysha” (Robert Glasper & Erykah Badu Rework)

Following behind the release of the the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, Jazz pianist Robert Glasper returns with another reworked number for a Davis tribute album entitled Everything’s Beautiful. This time around he picks up the always soulful Erykah Badu for a recreation of Davis’ mid-70s trumpet solo “Maiysha.” Glasper recently told Rolling Stone that…

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Song of the Day Courtesy of Solange: Alice Coltrane, “Turiya & Ramakrishna”

Song of the Day reflects on the new and old, highlighting culture shifters and musical prowess that gives light to the top-tier sounds of the then and now. Alice Coltrane “Turiya & Ramakrishna” Ptah, the El Daoud, 1970 Today we’re listening to Alice Coltrane’s melancholy piano solo on “Turiya & Ramakrishna” from 1970’s Ptah, the El…

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The Obamas To Host International Jazz Day At The White House

In partnership with the Thelonius Monk Institute, our favorite first couple President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host International Jazz Day at the White House on April 29th. The concert, which will be televised on ABC on April 30th, will feature performances from some of music’s most talented, including Herbie Hancock, Sting,…

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The Sun Ra Arkestra, A Truly Extraterrestrial Sound & Experience

We all know the classic, incomparable Jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and many more. However, when considering who pioneered this genre beyond our years, we have to attribute this to Sun Ra. Jazz composer/icon, pioneer, innovator, bandleader, cosmic philosopher, and the list could honestly go on as to what…

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Stream Kendrick Lamar’s Surprise ‘untitled unmastered.’ Project

Apparently LeBron James’ Twitter prayers have been answered. After asking the CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment via a post Grammys tweet to personally release a few unreleased Kendrick Lamar tracks, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith gave the green light for the release of a surprise project simply named untitled unmastered. Collectively, the new project includes a…

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Audio: Stella, “Fumes”

She may be the daughter of rock legend Carlos Santana but New York based singer-songwriter Stella is showing us all that she definitely wears her own crown with the premiere of her new song “Fumes.” Produced by Frankie P, the jazzy undertones of the track are laced seamlessly with Stella’s nostalgic, smoky blues club inspired vocals. Lyrically, the song delicately…

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Robert Glasper Flawlessly Covers Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst”

Next month jazz pianist and enthusiast Robert Glasper will debut a compilation of musical covers that were recorded at the Capitol Studios in Hollywood last year. Alongside a slew of artists, including Kendrick Lamar, John Legend, Bilal, and more, Glasper also recording a smooth, warm take on Jhené Aiko‘s hit single “The Worst.” With Vicente…

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