Jazz Cats by Madlib’s alter ego, Quasimoto is a roll call of sorts to the Jazz greats. This is a great homage to many great Jazz musicians and composers of styles and instruments.
Here are the artists Madlib named in order:
Sun Ra, George Benson, Hampton Hawes, Steve Kuhn, George Cables, Cedar Walton, Herbie Hancock, Gene Harris, Three Sounds, Bobby Hutcherson, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, Bill Evans, Terry Gibbs, Gary Burton, Donald Byrd, George Duke, Lee Morgan, Shirley Scott, Groove Holmes, Jimmy Smith, Gene Russell, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Michael White, Cal Tjader, Weather Report, Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Cannonball Adderley, Eddie Harris, Milt Jackson, Ron Carter, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, William Fisher, John Coltrane, Gary Bartz, Kool & the Gang, Modern Jazz Quartet, Johnny Hammond, Pharoah Sanders, Paul Bley, Thelonious Monk, Norman Connors, Albert Ayler, McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Don Sebesky, Blue Note Records, Black Jazz Records, Impulse! Records, CTI Records, Verve Records, Milestone Records, Atlantic Records, Muse Records, and David Sanborn.
Can you name a couple people that were NOT mentioned in the song? I can think of 2 BIG misses. Here’s a hint. One of the forgotten person’s name is in the URL and who this project is named after, and the other person is thee most influential name in Jazz, who’s name rhymes with Isles Avis. Regardless of the omissions, this tribute is thorough and well done, and we can appreciate each of these musicians personal contributions to the Jazz genre.
(photo by B+)