The Jazz Jousters release, Autumn, their latest jazz music tribute honoring late Canadian jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson. Autumn features new Hip Hop duo Combine Vibes (B 3 N B i & Top Nax), Scaley Walez, and Jazz Kat, along with the usual suspects. This album marks the end of an awesome year for the Jousters.
PRODUCER PROFILE is a platform in where we interview music creators, i.e. producers/beatmakers, both locally and globally, and showcase their musical works. The goal of PRODUCER PROFILE is to explore and reveal how communities of grassroots music creators are crossing borders, both in sound and geographic location. Their music is innovative and visionary – their music is powerful, brilliant, and unapologetic – and their music is part of a fast growing worldwide community that is changing the way we listen and share music.
STERYO’s Producer Profile series #4 features Arizona’s brightest and finest beat-maker/sound collector/button pusher, B 3 N B i. Getting his worldwide start with The Jazz Jousters, Fly By Night Collective, and Astral Basement, B 3 N B i exponentially pushed the boundaries of sound across borders. Having been featured in majority of Jazz Jousters releases, he crafted solo musical works with You, Youself, v_01 – Simply, and v_02 – Lemmon, all of which delivered innovative and exceptional tracks.
Without further delay, ladies and gentlemen – B 3 N B i.
Name: B 3 N B i
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Equipment: MPC1000 & microKORG.. For now I record and do any extra processing in Logic Pro 9 and X.
Years producing: Over two years under the name “B 3 N B i”.
Label: Variation Music
Collaborators: Jazz Jousters, Fly By Night Collective and Astral Basement
The French Touch Connection (TFTC) is a beat collective whose founders are based on the outskirts of Paris, with beatmakers coming from all parts of the world. Since their first release Chronicles of a Flashback back in December 2012, their projects have taken the beat-world by surprise and along the way they have made history.
One of many things the listener takes away from listening to an TFTC albums is the diversity of sounds – it’s worldly, it’s mysterious, and it’s just dope.
I had the pleasure of interviewing the founder of TFTC – Alex Tlk – who opened up about the collective, the label, the projects, and the future of TFTC. Without further adieu – Ladies and Gentlemen – The French Touch Connection.
Over the past few years Madwreck has worked as 1/2 of the genre bending production duo, Dirty Art Club. As the two take some personal time before wrapping up their next project, Wreck has kept himself busy by crafting a new album, Elementality Instrumentals.
Looking to showcase more of his hip-hop roots, Wreck offers up some re-worked instrumentals to records he’s produced for the EMP team, as well as a few new gems. If you’re a fan of some obscure chops and that DAC vibe, you’re not going to want to miss out on this!
The new album, Elementality Instrumentals, hits retailers worldwide on November 19th via Elementality Productions.
Typhoon Haiyan was the most powerful storms to ever make landfall. Thousands are left without food, housing or proper medical care and they need our help. 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance, according to U.N. estimates. Along with 1.5 million children under the age of five who are at risk of Global Acute Malnutrition.
All profits will be directly donated to the Food For Life Global Foundation for relief efforts. Every 20$ donated can feed up to 60 people. Any donation is encouraged. This is what Hip Hop is all about.
Humanitarians for Hip Hop was founded in 2013 with a global cause of supporting those victims of disasters and other charitable causes that affect society. Their mission is to promote humanity. Whether it’s sending money for relief efforts to disaster victims or raising money for a local charity. Our platform provides artists to give back while providing exposure for their music.
Phane’s newly released instrumental album The Afternoon is a carefully and organically crafted work of art. The live instrumentation and sampled renditions offers us a glimpse into the musical mind of Phane who so brilliantly captivates the ear and mind by composing emotionally laden melodies and laid-back drum patterns. He not only reminds us of all four seasons in one listening session, but also reminds us that musicianship is a learned process, both realms possessing emotional and technical approaches that criss-cross samples and original concepts.
But I must admit, I’m impressed by how Phane managed to capture the West Coast hip hop sound, Ambient, Electronic, R&B, and some jazz elements into The Afternoon. You can hear his artistic passion transmitting through every keystroke, hit hat, and synth wave. It’s amazing!
Without further adieu – ladies and gentlemen – The Afternoon!
The Jazz Jousters release their monthly rendition paying homage to legendary Latin Jazz player Callen Radcliffe Tjader otherwise known as Cal Tjader.
Born in St. Louis, MO on July 16, 1925, Cal’s start in music began at San Francisco State College where he linked up with Dave Brubeck of “Take Five” fame and assumed drumming responsibilities for The Dave Brubeck Trio from 1949 to 1951. After leaving the Trio, he joined George Shearing’s quintet as a vibraphonist and percussionist. It was in this quintet that Cal’s “love affair” with Latin Jazz music began. By 1954, he released Mambo with Tjader along with pianist Manuel Duran and bassist Carlos Duran, who together Latinized various songs of mainstream music during that particular time.
Cal’s career spanned over 50 years, in which produced, composed, and wrote over 90 albums, but it wasn’t until 1965 that he scored a minor hit with “Soul Space” after having released 40 albums. Cal was an influential musician, having influenced Carlos Santana and the genre of Latin Rock, he became known as the most famous point man between Latin jazz and mainstream bop. During his career he worked with Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, and Lalo Schifrin to name a few.
Cal’s musical styles ranged from Afro-Cuban jazz, Latin, West Coast Jazz, World Fusion, Brazilian jazz and mood music.
What’s the meaning of Catharsis? The ever so wonderful Mr. Moods provides a solid aural definition that requires no visual demonstration, except the usage of your imagination. When it comes to creating music and the expressions that parallel, Mr. Moods is the craftsman of any mood. Heck! they don’t call him Mr. Moods for show.
Catharsis is a masterful creation that reminds me of a passage through obscure woods where no light penetrates and my guidance is directed by sheer intuition. I bump into trees and dip into potholes but somehow the melodies provide me the necessary power to carry on. It must be the drums, then again it’s just his music. It does something to you that no one will understand, but you. It’s conscious and perhaps it’ll level the playing with any person you deem competition.
Beware, Catharsis is not just a one album presence. Mr. Moods has a healthy diversified sound portfolio under his belt. If Wall Street was to ever collapse and a bartering system was implement, and music was the supreme commodity, Mr. Moods would be the Bill Gates version of wealth sophistication.
With regards to the meaning of Catharsis, Mr. Moods’ let you decide. Let Catharsis take over you!
The Beauty in All could arguably be Oddisee‘s best album to date, but that is cliche of us to say. Instead, we rather say that The Beauty in All represents Oddisee’s contemporary musical mindset. By close inspection you’ll hear him beat-speak about how prior musical eras have inspired an evolutionary musical path, from 101, Mental Liberation, and now The Beauty in All. With a touch of soul and jazz sitting atop a Hip Hop foundation, The Beauty in All will remind you of a modern day Herbie Hancock, with occasional synths included to liven up the atmosphere.
The Beauty in All is a musical expectation.
Blazing Alto pays homage to jazz alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, a known figure during the hard bebop era of the 50s and 60s.
Born in Tampa, Florida, Adderley gained his nickname by high school friends due of his fast eating habits. His career began in the early 40s playing with Ray Charles at the time he called Florida his residency. In 1955, Adderley released Presenting Cannonball Adderley via Savoy Records along with two other albums in the same year. By 1958, he joined Miles Davis in releasing Somethin’ Else via Blue Note, his only release via the legendary record label. All in all, Adderley went onto release 55 records, mostly through Capitol and followed by Riverside Records.
Blazing Alto features production contributions from RickMal, Bones the Beat Head, Es-K, SmokedBeat, Stay Classy, B 3 N B i, Mr. Moods, Pawcut, DJ Mentos, and Millennium Jazz founder Gadget.