Cruel Summer: The Downside of Musical Piracy

With the recent release of G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer, the problematic nature of musical piracy takes center stage.

Joe Henderson – Page One (1963)

Joe Henderson’s debut album “Page One” exemplifies the sound of Blue Note jazz in the 1960’s.

Donald Byrd – Black Byrd (1972)

Recorded in 1972, Donald Byrd’s “Black Byrd” album was ahead of its time in a variety of ways.

The Art of Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas’ art is truly one of a kind. Created in the 60’s, but ever so relevant today, his design is nothing less than revolutionary.

George Duke / Common – Break My Heart (1974/2007)

Taking a brief look at the intersection of two talent artists at their most exploratory.

McCoy Tyner – Today and Tomorrow (1963) (Audio)

Jazz legend McCoy Tyner has had an illustrious career. Here is a earlier recording from Tyner as a frontman when he was a youthful 23 years old.

Pharoah Sanders – Love In Us All (Audio) (1973)

The iconic Pharoah Sanders displays his free form style and his melodic style as ‘Love In Us All’ is a whirlwind of jazz sub-genre.

Artist Profile: Cordell Ross (illadelphsouL)

The face behind this particular piece, and the artwork for Georgia Anne Muldrow’s album entitled ‘Early’ is the one and only Cordell Ross, also known as (illadelphsouL).

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.

Remembering Sylvia Robinson

Today, Robinson passed away at the age of 75. Her name is more likely to draw look of recognition from someone of my mother’s generation more so than my own. And yet, she is a figure who has in so many ways shaped my current investment in hip-hop music.

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble – Untitled/Fantastic (Video) (2009)

The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble provides an orchestral interpretation of one of J Dilla’s timeless records.