R+R=Now is an all-star jazz collective (Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Terrace Martin, Taylor McFerrin, and Justin Tyson) jamming live at New York’s Blue Note club. Chill and clean and modern.
A sextet of current Blue Note Recording artists releases a kind of thesis statement on how daring jazz mixes seamlessly with groove-based music, with a noted nod to the Blue Note past.
Chicago veteran returns with his 11th album, a record that sees Common reinvigorated and at his most potent and inspired, marking another entry into one of the most consistent discographies in hip-hop history.
The tempo of "Ghetto Walkin" is noticeably faster than the Davis original, yet it creates a rich texture of sound that is well paced by the dry percussion.
Don Cheadle, director and star of Miles Ahead, has assembled a mostly enticing soundtrack to his film, though still peppered with a few inessentials.
"Ghetto Boy" has the social awareness of Tupac, the funk-sampled sounds of a Dr. Dre track, and just a touch of NWA anger.
The 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival shone bright as a beacon for a long-standing organization with a mission for musical outreach and jazz education.