Natural Lateral – Cogito Ergo Jam

Natural Lateral – Cogito Ergo Jam

Natural Lateral is a 5 man crew who gelled together after numerous Jam sessions. Their near telepathic communication comes across through the tight grooves we find on their debut album, Cogito Ergo Jam. I was hooked from lead single, Bossa Blue but by the time you get to Stalagmite you’re..

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Rainer Truby – Soulgliding

Rainer Truby – Soulgliding

I became familiar with Rainer from his work with Truby Trio and whenever I see his name, I always check him out. Feb 2020, he’s dropping a 2 vinyl/CD album via BBE records compiled of records that help define a phrase he coined, Soulgliding, which is also the title of the album. Rainer defines..

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Roy Ayers – We Live In Brooklyn Baby (Opolopo Tweak)

Roy Ayers – We Live In Brooklyn Baby (Opolopo Tweak)

At around 95BPM, Roy Ayers’ We Live in Brooklyn has always been a tune that is guaranteed to get you a headnod when it plays. Swedish producer Opolopo completely changes that with his “tweak” which is available now on GAMM Records. Ramping it up to a dancefloor friendly 120BPM, Opolopo..

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The Shure Shot (DJ Rahdu & Suaze) – Jazz Set at Domestique Panache Grand Opening

The Shure Shot (DJ Rahdu & Suaze) – Jazz Set at Domestique Panache Grand Opening

My preference for music has shifted largely to the Jazz side of things, so I’m elated that I get to spin Jazz in Birmingham next Thu, Nov 21! The homie Suaze & I will provide the soundtrack for the Grand Opening of Domestique Panache on the Southside of BHM from 6-9 PM.  Come thru, enjoy some..

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Jaidene Veda – Don’t Stop (Monodeluxe Original Mix)

Jaidene Veda – Don’t Stop (Monodeluxe Original Mix)

Jaidene Veda is preparing to release her 6th album next year. It will be an acoustic affair and you can help her raise money for it on her Indiegogo page until Nov 17th. In the meantime, the 20 year house veteran has released a few remixes of the lead acoustic track on Bandcamp and I’m loving..

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Carsten Rubeling – Volk // People

Carsten Rubeling – Volk // People

Contemporary Jazz trombonists are few and far between …at least to me. So when I find one who is able to present a modern version of Jazz without making it cheesy, I pay attention. Canadian trombonist and composer, Carsten Rubeling’s Volk // People is a really great album for those who..

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Ajoyo – War Chant EP

Ajoyo – War Chant EP

War Chant is the 2nd release from self described “Afro-pop/jazz-fusion collective,” Ajoyo. The crew is 6 members deep, and 2 of its members Jesse Fischer and Sarah Elizabeth Charles are personal favorites of mine. I began listening to this one with high expectations on the strength of..

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Alfa Mist – Retainer

Alfa Mist – Retainer

When I began BLS in 2008, I was a diehard Soul & Hop Hop head and at best a casual Jazz listener. Fast forward 11 years, neither soul music or Hip Hop are quite the same and, not by default, Jazz has become my music of choice. There are so many NEW & YOUNG artists doing incredible things with..

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Suaze – SunRoom Sessions

Suaze – SunRoom Sessions

I am a DJ, curator, (sometimes) blogger and overall music appreciator who is always on the go. I constantly acquire new music and when I’m mobile I listen primarily on my 32 gig iPhone 6s. Its limited space is always one step from bursting at the seams and to prevent this, I usually listen to..

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