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Weather Report, Live at Montreux (1976) (Video)

A lesson of fusion jazz is Weather Report’s performance at Montreux Jazz Festival in 1976.

The Legendary Joe Zawinul (1985)

In this 1985 video profile, the legendary pianist/keyboardist Joe Zawinul discusses his embracing of black music, his love for electric music, and much more.

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Gilles Peterson’s Tributes to Donald Byrd

If you are going to do a tribute mix on a legend like Donald Byrd, who we recently lost, the most important thing is to be thorough.

Fortunately, the worldwide musical personality known as Gilles Peterson released his two part series that pays an excellent tribute to Donald Byrd, which are aptly named The Acoustic Years and The Electric Years. Knowing it came from Gilles Peterson, there is one thing that we know for sure. It’s Thorough.

For someone who is a life long fan, someone who is not too familiar with the work of Donald Byrd, or someone who just wants much of his work organized in one place, this is a must listen. Gilles also adds his own insight, which is always welcomed and appreciated.

Thank you, Gilles Peterson, and of course, this couldn’t be possible without the musical contributions of Donald Byrd. Rest in Peace.

Please note that the above artwork was not officially released with the mix. It is exclusive to 70×30.com.

Little Brother: 10 Years Later, We’re Still Listening

Today we revisit a classic album on the day of it’s release, The Listening by Little Brother.

Giorgio Moroder – Theme From Midnight Express (1978)

This obscure sample from this great producer is accompanied by a short film that is a great representation of vintage film.

The Cannonball Adderley Sextet (Live) (1963)

Cannonball Adderley – Alto Sax
Nat Adderley – Cornet
Yusef Lateef – Tenor Sax, Flute, Oboe
Joe Zawinul – Piano
Sam Jones – Bass
Louis Hayes – Drums

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The Art of Digging According to Wajeed

A video from Wajeed shows us the importance and value of searching for the perfect record, especially the ones that are often overlooked.

Tony Williams: Life Time

Carled extensively recalls the greatness that is Tony Williams, a drummer that lived a full life in a short amount of time.

Freddie Hubbard – Sky Dive (1973) (Audio)

An album that should be in the minds of any Jazz fan, as well as any Hip Hop producer

ORD 2 SFO: The Travels of Sev Seveer

The travels of Sev Seveer are a personal journey that teaches a life lesson that we can all learn from.

Parabéns, Sérgio Mendes (Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66)

Happy Birthday to an iconic figure in Brazilian music, Mr. Sérgio Mendes.

Newly Discovered Johnny ‘Hammond’ Smith Music to Be Released

from www.downbeat.com

Shifting gears

Organist Johnny “Hammond” Smith helped refine his instrument’s indelible groove when he started recording in the late 1950s. He also developed a unique sense of harmony that was highlighted on such albums as Breakout and Gears in the 1970s. Smith kept developing his sound until his death from cancer in 1997 at the age of 63. Now his widow, Cheryl Smith, is working to issue previously unreleased recordings that will show the organist had plenty of more to offer.

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Karriem Riggins – J Dilla The Greatest (Video)

Karriem Riggins is a musical marvel, and he expresses his feelings about J Dilla in this candid video.