August, 2011

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Donald Byrd – Kofi (Blue Note) (1969)

Donald Byrd's 1969 album "Kofi" is an early introduction to Jazz Fusion, as it covers many different sub-genres of...

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Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Liberation Song (The Red, Black & Green) (Audio) (1974)

Listen and read along to this powerful song by Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson.

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Michael Jackson – King of Jazz

There is an alternate universe in which Michael Jackson is the King of Jazz. This is something of which I...

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Roy Ayers Quartet – Comin’ Home Baby (Review) (Audio) (1969)

Our first installment of Roy Ayers Friday is one of Roy's earlier recordings and also one of his first albums...

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Lonnie Liston Smith – Give Peace A Chance (Multiple Versions) (1975/1980)

Recorded years apart, this one song has crossed multiple genres, but the spiritual message remains constant.

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Thundercat – The Golden Age of Apocalypse

Whether it's trunk-rattling bass from Oakland's newest rapper or the the mellow sensations of beachfront jazz, California has an undeniable...

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Dissecting Jay-Z’s “Dead Presidents” (Audio) (1995)

Forgotten by pop critics and revered by true fans, Jay-Z's "Dead Presidents" is monumental in more ways than one....

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Nesby Phips & Ski Beatz – Blue in Green (Video) (2010)

If you don’t understand the relevancy of Kind of Blue today, allow me to introduce you to the sounds of...

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Common – Come Close Remix (Prod. by Dilla) (Audio) (2002)

The Come Close remix may be the greatest Hip Hop ballad that you don't know about.

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Golden Era Remixes – Mixed by DJ Haylow (Mixtape) (Download)

DJ Haylow mixes an ode to rare remixes and b-sides that can only be synonymous with Hip Hop's golden...

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George Benson – Bad Benson (1974)

Bad Benson is George Benson at his best. Pure guitar smoothness, mixed with an accompaniment of electronic and traditional instrumentation,...

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Columbia Nights – Stormy Weather (Audio)

The art of covering is a complicated endeavor. It has the ability to alienate fans of the original artists, whilst...

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Pete Rock & Jazzy Jeff inspired by George Benson

George Benson is one of Jazz's most prolific guitarists, but when it comes to Hip Hop producers, he is considered...

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Roy Ayers Project Beat Submission Compilation, Vol. 1 (Download)

Producers from all over the world have contributed to making the beat submission process a success. Here are all of...

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(Re)defining Amy Winehouse

Our newest blogger for 70/30 (royayersproject.com) is editorial writer Paul Pennington, and in this article, he reflects and redefines the...

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