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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - João Donato JID007 (2021)

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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - João Donato JID007 (2021)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - João Donato JID007 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 182 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 63 Mb | 00:26:48
Contemporary Jazz, Jazz-Funk | Label: Jazz is Dead

Where’s João Donato? It’s a frequently asked question, referring simultaneously to the physical location and the musical moment he inhabits. A sampling of some of his more descriptive song titles suggests Donato’s comfort with musical hybrids: “Bluchanga,” “Sambolero,” and “Sambongo,” to name just a few. Lacking a name for his style of music, Donato’s is a distinct sound, immediately recognizable from the first few bars of any of his compositions. He was funky back when “funk” was a bad word (listen to either of his 1960s Brazilian LPs for proof). His compositions are deceptively simple, while his arrangements are harmonically complex, resulting in songs that are seemingly childlike, yet reveal their intricate details upon repeat listening.

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 006: Gary Bartz (2021)

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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 006: Gary Bartz (2021)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 006: Gary Bartz (2021)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 184 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 64 Mb | 00:27:39
Soul Jazz, Jazz Fusion | Label: Jazz Is Dead

There's early work with Eric Dolphy and McCoy Tyner in Charles Mingus' Jazz Workshop, work with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln, a stint in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and also one with Miles. There's his groundbreaking and highly influential Ntu Troop albums of the early 70s and his jazz-funk work including two classic albums with the Mizell Brothers, one of which supplied A Tribe Called Quest with a sample that was smooth like butter. That's not to mention appearances on beloved albums by Pharoah Sanders, Donald Byrd, Norman Connors, Roy Ayers, Gene Ammons, Phyllis Hyman, Jackie McLean and many others. This is what Gary Bartz brings to the Jazz Is Dead project and as can be expected, his questing spirit fits the JID style like a glove and has produced an album that's a cutting-edge addition to his immense canon as he effortlessly interfaces with a new generation.

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 005: Doug Carn (2020)

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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 005: Doug Carn (2020)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 005: Doug Carn (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 262 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 95 Mb | 00:41:10
Jazz Fusion, Soul Jazz | Label: Jazz Is Dead

Doug's newest project, his entry in the Jazz Is Dead album series helmed by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, takes his unique and timeless art and places it within the context of a musical culture that has always taken cues from his 70s classics. There's no mistaking the musical mind that created legendary albums like Infant Eyes and Adam's Apple, but the encounter of that with the distinctive jazz-hip hop-funk-noir that is the Younge/Muhammad/JID trademark creates something worthy of comparison to Carn's past work but which could only have been made right now. One can detect nods to musical motifs by Carn's jazz peers that have served as frequent sample fodder, but his compositional and improvisational integrity remain indisputable throughout.

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 004: Azymuth (2020)

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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 004: Azymuth (2020)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 004: Azymuth (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 273 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 95 Mb | 00:41:28
Jazz-Funk, Latin Jazz | Label: Jazz Is Dead

The instrumental trio Azymuth modernized the sound and style of Brazilian jazz with their electronic instruments, angular arrangements and ingenious synthesis of jazz, funk, rock and samba. After the passing of founding keyboard player José Roberto Bertrami in 2012, Alex Malheiros (bass) and Ivan “Mamão” Conti (drums) recruited synthesizer samurai Kiko Continentinho to the trio as it continued to build on their sound, now in their fifth decade of pushing the boundaries of their beloved samba.

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 003: Marcos Valle (2020)

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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 003: Marcos Valle (2020)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 003: Marcos Valle (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 182 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 63 Mb | 00:37:32
Jazz-Funk, Latin Jazz, MPB | Label: Jazz Is Dead

Marcos and the other Brazilian luminaries Adrian and Ali hosted for Jazz Is Dead, are able to create an entirely different sound and feel using the exact same palette.

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 002: Roy Ayers (2020)

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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 002: Roy Ayers (2020)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 002: Roy Ayers (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 172 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 60 Mb | 00:26:05
Jazz-Funk, Soul Jazz | Label: Jazz Is Dead

In February 2018, Roy Ayers performed four sold out shows in Los Angeles as part of the Jazz Is Dead Black History Month series. It wasn’t until 2020 that fans of Ayers discovered that in addition to those shows, the legendary vibraphone player had also recorded an entire album of new material with Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 001 (2020)

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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 001 (2020)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 001 (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 190 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 70 Mb | 00:29:45
Soul Jazz, Jazz Fusion | Label: Jazz Is Dead

Over the last 12 months, Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammad have been inviting some legendary musicians to swing by the former’s Los Angeles studio to make fresh tracks with vintage equipment. The results are detailed on “Jazz Is Dead”, a superb album that combines elements of dusty soundtrack jazz, soul, jazz-funk, Latin jazz and head-nodding live beats influenced by the duo’s hip-hop roots. Highlights include the atmospheric, slow-motion warmth of Roy Ayers collaboration “Hey Lover”, the floor-rocking fusion heaviness of epic Azymuth hook-up “Apocaliptico”, the languid sweetness of ‘Down Deep” (featuring Doug Carn) and the samba-soaked sunshine that is Marcos Valle composition “Nao Saia Da Praca”.

Adrian Younge - The American Negro (2021)

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Adrian Younge - The American Negro (2021)

Adrian Younge - The American Negro (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 315 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 121 Mb | 00:52:49
R'n'B, Soul, Jazz | Label: Jazz Is Dead

The American Negro is an unapologetic critique, detailing the systemic and malevolent psychology that afflicts people of color. This project dissects the chemistry behind blind racism, using music as the medium to restore dignity and self-worth to my people. It should be evident that any examination of black music is an examination of the relationship between black and white America. This relationship has shaped the cultural evolution of the world and its negative roots run deep into our psyche. Featuring various special guests performing over a deeply soulful, elaborate orchestration, The American Negro reinvents the black native tongue through this album and it’s attendant short film (TAN) and 4-part podcast (invisible Blackness). The American Negro - both as a collective experience and as individual expressions - is insightful, provocative and inspiring and should land at the center of our ongoing reckoning with race, racism and the writing of the next chapter of American history.