2016 has been a great year musically. Over the summer I caved in and got a Tidal subscription with my wonderful student discount (yay school) and it actually has allowed me to discover music from artists that I never even knew existed.
Most recently, I discovered Harlem rapper Dave East. I appreciate his mixtape Kairi Chanel because it’s that good ole’ New York rappity rap RAP that I’ve been missing. Never mind the almost comical fact that this is his 10th mixtape and I didn’t have a clue about this guy until a few weeks ago (I stopped keeping up with the rap Joneses a LONG time ago) or the fact that this mixtape plays like a solid debut album, but he’s gotten the attention of Mr. Illmatic himself, Nas, and is signed to his label Mass Appeal Records. That should be a solid enough co-sign to give this mixtape a listen.
Solange’s A Seat At The Table is FOR US! Seriously, just listen.
I love when clients put me on to new music! If you don’t know by now, I have a love affair with New Orleans. Everything from the people to the culture to the history to the music…I love it all! A client suggested that I listen to New Orleans native Christian Scott’s Christian aTunde Adjuah after a recent photo shoot and I was not disappointed. This isn’t his latest jazz project, this album was released in 2012 and is labeled as a 2 disc album so I am still digesting it (over 20 songs) but feel free to get lost in his many other bodies of work, you won’t be sorry.
New jazz alert! I recently discovered Theo Croker’s music via a Tidal jazz playlist called “Not Your Parent’s Jazz” and was pleasantly surprised at this gem of an artist! You can visit his site to hear samples of his music, purchase the new album “Escape Velocity” and learn more about the artist. Enjoy!
According to the maker of this video, this is the only time that John Coltrane performed this song live in concert and this is the only remaining footage of the performance. I don’t know how true that is, but A Love Supreme is my favorite Coltrane album to date. Not saying that I’ve heard them all but so far, it takes the cake.