Kazumi Kaneda – Action???

Kazumi Kaneda – Action???

We return to the Land of the Rising Sun to check out Jazz pianist/producer Kazumi Kaneda and his latest JazzHop hybrid, Action???. It’s driving keys, rolling bass and snapping snare place you in a hypnotic spell you’re unable to break before the 5 minute...
Alfonso Calvo Septet – Sea Ahead

Alfonso Calvo Septet – Sea Ahead

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover but I’m not so sure that applies to albums. One look at the cover for Sea Ahead and I knew I had to give it a listen. Spanish Double bassist Alfonso Calvo’s Sea Ahead has to be one of the most sublime...
XL Middleton – Slapped Witta Velvet Glove

XL Middleton – Slapped Witta Velvet Glove

I would like to imagine that you knew when you read the title of this track that this was gonna be some ish! I did and XL Middleton does not disappoint with some warmed up, leftover funk from last year’s Tap Water. Please don’t take that to mean, this jam...
Ashley Henry – Ashley Henry’s 5ive

Ashley Henry – Ashley Henry’s 5ive

24 year old pianist Ashley Henry just may be the UK’s answer to Robert Glasper. Influenced by Hip Hop, his trio’s robust sound bursts through your speakers like the creations of the producers he grew up admiring. Ashley Henry’s 5ive is comprised of 4...
Cro Magnon x Jin – A Peacemaker

Cro Magnon x Jin – A Peacemaker

When Da Brat proclaimed she was baptized in the funk, I wonder if she was aware just how far its gospel had traveled. Missionaries and converts are everywhere, even in the Land of the Rising Sun! Funk trio Cro Magnon have returned, this time joined by highly acclaimed...

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