Month: October 2011

Artist Portrait: Ken McIntyre & Eric Dolphy – by Ian Johnson

A piece by Ian Johnson
Looking Ahead – Eric Dolphy & Ken McIntre
Acrylic on Wood Panel, 22×10″

Donny Hathaway – To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (Audio) (1970)

A look into Donny Hathaway’s authentic interpretation of Nina Simone anthemic classic, “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black.”

30 Artist Interpretations of Nina Simone

Nina Simone music is truly one of a kind, and her aura is an inspiration to artists all over the world.

Ahmad Jamal / Common Sense – Resurrection (1970/1994)

We recognize the excellence of Ahmad Jamal as we celebrate the anniversary of one of Hip Hop’s most significant releases…Common Sense’s ‘Resurrection’ album.

Roy Ayers Quartet – All Blues (1968)

Roy Ayers isn’t known for abstract jazz, but he goes far beyond the realm of traditional jazz in one of his earlier recordings, ‘All Blues’.

Common / Joe Bataan – Play Your Cards Right feat. Bilal (1972/2006)

Hip-hop has taught me more about music than I could ever imagine. Today’s lesson comes courtesy of Common and Karriem Riggins.

Joe Bataan – The Bottle (La Botella) (Multiple Versions)

A must-listen as Joe Bataan pays tribute to Gil Scott-Heron by doing his version of The Bottle.

Revolutionary Thought – Connecting Heron to Du Bois

The road leading from Gil Scott-Heron to W.E.B. Du Bois is paved with the theories of timeless thinkers and set to a soundtrack consisting of hip-hop, jazz, and funk. In changing the world of today into the society of tomorrow, we must remember to appreciate both.

Dela – The Robert Glasper Beat Tape (Download) (2010)

Producer dela is inspired by the talented Robert Glasper as he creates this instrumental album of extreme quality, available for free download.

The Robert Glasper Trio – Think of One (Audio) (2009)

In a single moment, Robert Glasper explores Thelonious Monk, Ahmad Jamal, and De La Soul. That moment is called “Think of One.”