Tye Felix Huggins's blog

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Let There Be Horns!

I just learned last week that one of my favorite brass outfits, Youngblood Brass Band, signed with one of my favorite independent record labels, Tru Thoughts, earlier this year and is planning to release a new studio album this September, titled Pax Volumi. This will be their first album since 2006’s Is That A Riot? and will also mark the return of co-founder Nat MacIntosh (sousaphone) who left the band in 2004. Though Youngblood (originally from Wisconsin) are definitely grounded in New Orleans’ style big brass jazz, they blend in elements of punk, rock and hip-hop to create a sound which they appropriately describe as "Riot Jazz". They released an EP last month, titled 20 Questions, as a teaser for their upcoming album.

On this Saturday night’s edition of The After Hours we’ll be checking out 20 Questions along with some select tracks from the rest of Youngblood’s discography. We’ll also be listening to another one of my favorite brass outfits, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a brass band from Chicago made up of eight brothers (all sons of the jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran), from their album which they released last month, Fly: The Custom Prelude. Hypnotic seem to become more and more experimental with each proceeding album, and they do not disappoint on their new release, moving further away from traditional big brass jazz and further into the realms of hip-hop, soul and funk. 

In the second hour we’ll be taking a trip down to New Orleans to experience some more incredible brass bands pushing the limits of their genre: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, and Kermit Ruffins (co-founder of Rebirth) performing live with the Barbecue Swingers. Stream it live July 20, 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio and prepare to have your face blasted off with the raw power of some serious brass!

Beck is one of my favorite artists out there today, and one of the few musicans I know of who has consistently switched styles over the years and somehow managed to pull it off. He's dabbled in everything from punk rock to blues/folk to pop and electonica. Rumor has it that he'll be releasing two new albums this year. One will be a proper follow-up to his last studio album, 2008's Modern Guilt, and the other will be an all-acoustic album in vein of his blues/folk album One Foot In The Grave.

On this Tuesady's edition of That Righteous Jive we'll be listening to some tracks from four of my favorite albums by Beck: Geuro, Mutations, Odelay and One Foot In The Grave. We'll also check out his reimagining of David Bowie's "Sound and Vision" which he performed earlier this year. Stream it live July 16, 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.

We've had a very mild summer so far, with lots of rain last month, but now that July is here the heat is back with a vengeance. I can’t think of a more perfect excuse to kickback, chill out and listen to some great downtempo electronica and smooth electro-jazz, which is exactly what we’ll be doing on this Saturday night’s edition of The After Hours.

I’ll be featuring Kruder & Dorfmeister (top left), a down-tempo duo between Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmiester from Austria. We’ll be listening to some select tracks from across their discography. We’ll also hear Dorfmeister collaborating with Rupert Huber as Tosca. I’ll be playing some tracks from their album No Hassle. We’ll hear from 9Lazy9, an acid jazz group from Italy, off of their album Beds of a Land, and from Four80East, an electro-jazz ensemble from Toronto, off their album En Route. On top of that we’ve got Soulstance, Modulo 5 and Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra. Stream it live July 13, 10pm-12am, right here on KRUU radio.

 

Cool off from the summer heat this Tuesday with some beautiful jazz piano on That Righteous Jive. We'll hear from two of my favorite jazz pianists: Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, from their respective solo albums, Retrospection and Solo Monk. We'll also hear from Joe Sample--another great jazz pianist--off my favorite album of his, Old Places Old Faces. On top of that we've got The Bad Plus and Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

Stream it live July 9, 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio and let your mind unwind through some melodic and minimalistic laid-back jazz.

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The After Hours

I got another groovin' time planned for this Saturday night's edition of The After Hours. In the first half of the show we'll be listening to some great jazz and funk courtesy of Orgone, Charlie Hunter, Menahan Street BandWeldon IrvineBobby Previte, The RH Factor and more. In the second hour we'll be listening to some trip-hop, turntablism and electronica with The Herbaliser, Shawn Lee, DJ Frane, TOKiMONSTA, Burial, Daft Punk and Breakbot. Stream it live July 6, 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio. 

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My Favorite Funk of 2013 Featuring Redtenbacher's Funkestra

Stefan Redtenbacher is a bassist, composer, and lover of all things funky. Originally from Austria, he now lives in London leading his own band Redtenbacher's Funkestra. Last April they released their fourth studio album: The Cooker. As usual, Redtenbacher worked with many different musicians (in addition to the five core members of Funkestra) to create this sizzling album. My favorite collaboration is with legendary tenor saxophonist Lenny Picket (Tower of Power), who plays on both the title track and a second track, titled "Bo & Rhino". We’ll be listening to both those, plus some of my other favorite songs off The Cooker, on this Saturday night’s edition of The After Hours.

We'll also check out some select tracks from the rest of Redtenbacher's Funkestra’s excellent discography.

2013 has already been a great year for funk. Newcomers Analog Attention and Rock Candy Funk Party both released their debut albums, titled City Limits and We Want Groove, respectively. And old favorites Orgone and Robert Walter’s 20th Congress both released new albums, titled Fuzzed Up and Get Thy Bearings, respectively. In the second half of the show we’ll be listening to my favorite tracks from all four of those albums. Check it out June 29th, 10pm-12am CDT and prepare to get funked up!

Robert Walter is a soul-jazz and funk keyboardist (primarily playing the Hammond B3) from San Diego, California. He first gained popularity as a member of The Greyboy Allstars, but later formed his own band: Robert Walter’s 20th Congress. Tomorow he releases his first album with the 20th Congress after a decade apart, entitled Get Thy Bearings.

On this Tuesday’s edition of That Righteous Jive we’ll be checking out his new album, along with Walter's last solo album, Cure All (2008), and his last album with the 20th Congress, Giving Up the Ghost (2003). We’ll also be listening to some of his work with The Greyboy Allstars, off the album they released earlier this year, Inland Emperor. Stream it live June 25, 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.

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A Night Of Spectacular Instrumental Hip-hop with DJ Frane

DJ Frane, a turntablist from Los Angelis, just released his fourth solo album last month, titled Hi Dusty Stranger. Each of his albums is a little journey within itself, following a different theme, and everything from the samples and sounds in the album to the titles of the tracks themselves, reflect this theme. His new album has got a real western/cowboy/lonely wanderer type vibe, which I totally dig.

On this Saturday night’s edition of The After Hours we’ll be listening to his new album as it was meant to be heard: in its entirety. I’ll also be interviewing the artist himself! We’ll be talking about the inspirations behind each of his albums, how he describes his own music, as well as the artists and producers who have inspired him. On top of that we’ll be checking out some select tracks from the rest of DJ Frane's albums: Journey to the Planet of the Birds, Electric Garden of Delights, and Frane’s Fantastic Boatride. Stream it live June 22, 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio.

We’ll be kicking back with some classic funk on this Tuesday’s edition of That Righteous Jive. Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker are two incredible horn players who have played in both James Brown's band and George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic (as well as going on to have successful solo careers of their own). In the late seventies Wesley and Maceo released two albums together with The Horny Horns—the horn section to Parliament-Funkadelic—titled A Blow For Me, A Toot For You (’77) and Say Blow By Blow Backwards ('79).  We’ll be listening to some of my favorite tracks from both those albums. We’ll also hear Wesley and Maceo play with the J.B.’sJames Brown’s backing band—off of their 1974 album Damn Right I’m Somebody. Stream it live June 18th 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.

 

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More Fresh Funk For Your Earholes!

I've got another funky good time planned for this Saturday night’s edition of The After Hours, and, as the title implies, I have some brand-spankin' new funky fresh jams for your brain to digest. I’ll be featuring Analog Attention, a six-piece jazz-fusion band from Moscow, Russia. Though they're definitely grounded in jazz, they blend in elements of funk, soul, rock and even a little electronica. We’ll be listening to their debut album, which they released just a few weeks ago, titled City Limits. We’ll also be listening to one of my favorite funk bands out there today: Orgone, a seven-piece funk/soul/rock band from Los Angelis. We’ll be hearing from their instrumental album released earlier this year, Fuzzed Up, and also from the EP they released late last month, The New You, Part 1. Robert Walter (the keyboardist from The Greyboy Allstars) is finally releasing his eighth solo album, planned to come out later this month, titled Get Thy Bearings. In preparation we’ll be listening to some of my favorite tracks from his last solo album, Cure All. On top of that we’ve got Soulive, Monophonics, Lettuce, Galactic and more. Stream it live this Saturday night 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio.

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