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On this Tuesday’s edition of That Righteous Jive we’ll be listening to my favorite cinematic breakbeat of last year. We’ll start off with Low-Fidelity Jet Set Orchestra (LJSO), a side project of the Italian electro-jazz duo Modulo 5. “Beginning with Modulo 5's nu-jazz and cinematic core, Low Fidelity Jet-Set Orchestra dive aggressively into vintage sound with deep funk roots, bossa-nova excursions, and an overdose of Hammond stabs, licks, chops and grooves.” We’ll be hearing from their album Touring the Digital Zoo. Contrary to the album’s titles, LJSO says that “only a few of the instruments used, with exception made for the computer on which we recorded and a few drum machines, are actually digital. All synthesizers used during the production are made by well-known brands such as Moog, Korg, Waldorf...

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    Jun 08
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Experimental Jazz On The After Hours

We'll be listening to some rock and funk inspired jazz on this Saturday night's edition of The After Hours. I'll be featuring Charlie Hunter, Will Bernard and Stanton Moore.

Charlie Hunter uses a custom-made eight-string guitar on which he simultaneously plays guitar chords and solos on the top five strings and bass lines on the bottom three strings. I'll be playing some tracks from my favorite album of his, Baboon Strength. We'l also hear Hunter playing with John Schott (guitar), Will Bernard (slide guitar) and Scott Amendola (drums) as T J Kirk. This guitar trio blends together the work of Thelonious Monk, James Brown and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. We'll be hearing from their second album If Four Was One. Will Bernard is another guitarist from the Bay Area pushing the boundaries of jazz. We'll hear from his fourth studio album as bandleader, Party Hats. We'll also hear Bernard play with Stanton Moore (the drummer from New Orleans based funk band Galactic) and Robert Walter (the organist from Greyboy Allstars) off of Moore's third solo album, simply titled III. We'll hear from Garage A Trois, an experimental jazz/punk rock band.

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    Jun 01
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    Jun 05
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My Favorite Funk of 2012 AKA Jazz Isn't Dead, It Just Smells Funky!

2012 was a great year for funk. Neal Evans, the keyboardist from Soulive (a funk jazz trio from New York), released his first solo album, Bang. The New Mastersounds, a four-piece funk band from England, released their eighth studio album Out on the Faultline. Boston-based funk band Lettuce released their third studio album Fly! Galactic, a funk and jazz band from New Orleans, released their seventh studio album, Carnivale Electricos. And Monophonics, a funk/psychedelic soul group from the Bay Area, released their third studio album In Your Brain.

On this Saturday night's edition of The After Hours we'll be listening to all of the above. The cherry on top of this delicious funk sundae will be Rock Candy Funk Party, an instrumental funk rock super-group who are just as awesome as their name implies. We'll be hearing from their first studio album, which they released earlier this year, We Want Groove. Be sure to check it out (June 1, 10pm-12am CTZ) right here on KRUU radio. And, in case if anyone tells you otherwise, remember: jazz ain't dead, it just smells FUNKY!

We're not even halfway through 2013 yet, and we've already seen the release of some great blues albums from some legendary blues players--still out there doing their thing, pumping out those beautiful soul-wrenching tunes.

On this Tuesday's edition of That Righteous Jive we'll be listening to some of my favorite blues to have come out this year. I'll start you off with Get Up!, an album released last January as the result of a collaboration between Ben Harper and legendary harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite. Then we'll hear from Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters off the live album they released last April, Just For Today. The first time I heard this album I didn't even realize it was recorded live: not only is the sound quality incredible, but also the musicianship is out of this world. After that we'll hear from another legendary harmonica player: James Cotton, off of his album released just last month, Cotton Mouth Man. Last but not least, we'll hear from Tinsley Ellis off his first ever all-instrumental album, Get It!, which he released last March. Check it out this Tuesday (06/04) 5-6pm CTZ, right here on KRUU radio.

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Best of Acid Jazz (Part 2)

Acid jazz is a genre that has been used to describe a wide variety of different sounds and styles over the years, but I feel it can be boiled down into two main catarogries: On one hand we have experimental jazz bands that dabble in soul, funk and R&B (sometimes incorporating synthesizers or other electronic elements into the groove). And on the other, we've got DJ's and electronic music producers that blend together jazz and electronica with hip-hop (and sometimes house) beats.

On this Saturday night's edition of the After Hours we'll be listening to some of my favorite examples of the later. We'll hear from The Herbaliser off of the album they released last year: There Were Seven. I've been digging this album more than any of their previous efforts, it's a bit less experimental, and more rooted in jazz, hip-hop and turntablism, which I love. I'll also be playing some choice tracks from my favorite acid jazz album Ki-Oku, the result of a collaboration between turntable sensei DJ Krush and trumpeter Toshinori Kondo (bottom right). 

On top of that we'll be listening to Amon TobinSt. Germain, Mr. Scruff, Parov Stelar, SkalpelWax Tailor, and many more. Stream it live this Saturday night (10pm-12am CTZ) right here on KRUU radio. 

 I'll be playing some of my favorite jazz albums of 2012 on this Tuesday's edition of That Righteous Jive. We'll start off with The Bad Plus from their album Made Possible. Then we'll hear from guitarist Will Bernard playing with Wil Blades (Hammond B3) and Simon Lott (drums) as the Will Bernard Trio, off of their album Outdoor Living. After that we'll hear from The Menahan Street Band, an instrumental jazz/soul super-group that features musicians from AntibalasBudos Band, El Michels Affair, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings--basically
some of the finest funk, jazz and soul acts out there today. I loved their debut album Make The Road By Walking, which came out in 2008, but I'm even more impressed with their second studio effort: The Crossing. This album's got a real afro-soul/sphaghetti western vibe, and if you want to know exactly what that means you'll just have to listen in, because it is a difficult sound to decribe! Last, but not least, we'll be hearing from Wil Blades and Billy Martin (the drummer from Medeski Martin and Wood), off their album Shimmy. Check it out this Tuesday 5-6pm CTZ right here on KRUU radio.

On this Tuesday's edition of That Righteous Jive we'll be listening to some of my favorite blues-rock bands. We'll start off with The Black Keys--a band at the head of the soul/blues revival--from their 2008 album Attack and Release. Then we'll hear from The White Stripes, off of their debut self-titled album. After that I'll be featuring The Word, an instrumental blues-rock super group formed between organist John Medeski (of Medeski Martin and Wood fame), pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, and all three members of North Mississippi Allstars. We'll be hearing from their self-titled debut album. Though there are a few original tracks on the album, it is mostly composed of covers of old gospel songs (but I can guarantee you've never heard any gospel songs performed like this before!). After that we'll hear from the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation. Of all the British rock groups that started pumping out new renditions of old blues songs in the 60's/70's, the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation has to be my favorite. We'll check out some tracks off the last album they released before splitting up, Remains To Be Heard. Last, but not least, we'll be listening to The Dead Weather, another blues-rock super group, this time between Jack White, Alison Mosshart (of The Kills), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age), and Jack Lawrence (of The Greenhornes). Out of all of Jack White's projects I definitely dig this one the most. Fingers crossed that they'll soon reunite to release a third studio album. We'll be hearing from the last album they released (back in 2010) Sea of Cowards. Check it out this Tuesday (05/21) 5-6pm CTZ right here on KRUU radio. 

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Best of Acid Jazz (Part 1 of 2)


"Acid jazz" is a genre that has been used to describe a large variety of different artists and sounds over the years, but I feel it can be divided neatly into two categories. On one side we have experimental jazz bands (usually featuring a Hammond organ) that dabble in soul, funk and R&B, (sometimes incorporating synthesizers, turntables or other electronic sounds into the groove). And on the other side we've got DJ’s and electronic music producers that combine jazz, funk and soul samples with hip-hop and house beats. 

On this Saturday night's edition of the After Hours we’ll be listening to some of my favorite examples of that first category.  I’ll be playing some Shimmy: an album released last year as the result of a collaboration between Billy Martin (from Medeski Martin and Wood) on drums and Wil Blades on the Hammond B3 organ.  I’ve been really digging this album and think it’s amazing the grooves these guys can pump out as just an organ/drum duo. On top of that we’ll be hearing from The Greyboy Allstars, Heavy Shift, The RH Factor, Ronny Jordan, James Taylor Quartet, John Scofield, Marc Johnson’s Bass Desires and many more. If you can get down with some experimental jazz-funk-soul fusion then don't miss it (streamed live 10pm-12am CTZ right here on KRUU). Also, if you want to ckeck out the flipside of acid jazz (DJs that spin jazz, funk, hip-hop and house togetherthen look out for my show next week (05/25) when we'll be listening to Amon Tobin, St. Germain, Parov Stelar, Mr. Scruff, Blockhead, Skalpel and Herbaliser among others. Enjoy ;)


A copy of Daft Punk's new album Random Access Memories (which was planned to come out on May 21), just got leaked online today. This is their first studio album in eight years and I've really been digging what I've heard so far. In response to the leak the Itunes Store is featuring a full preview of the album, so go check it out, or check out my show tomorrow (Tues. 5-6pm CTZ), because we will definitely be listening to some (along with my other favorite electronic albums of 2013). Cheers!

                               

 So I just learned that Boards of Canada--a downtempo electronic duo between two brothers from Scotland--are finally releasing their fourth studio album (after 8 long years of silence), Tomorrow's Harvest. They're one of the first downtempo/trip-hop bands I ever got into, and I'm excited to see what direction they'll take on this next album (planned to come out June 11 in the US).

It's early into 2013 but we've already seen the release of some great electronic albums. On this Tuesday's edition of That Righteous Jive we're going to be listening to five of my favorite trip-hop and downtempo albums that have come out so far this year. We'll start off with some Bonobo, a downtempo DJ from the UK, from his album that he released just last month: The North Borders. After that we're going to hear from the Parov Stelar Trio, an electro-swing group from Austria based around DJ Parov Stelar. Stelar performs live with vocalist Cleo Panther, saxophonist Markus Ecklmayr (aka Max the Sax), and trumpeter Jerry Di Monza, among others. We're going to check out the album they released last March: The Invisible Girl. Then we'll hear from Emancipator, a downtempo DJ from Portland, off his album that he released last January: Dusk to Dawn. After that we'll be checking out some TOKiMONSTA, an electronic music producer from LA, off of her album she released last month: Half Shadows. Last but not least, we'll be listening to Jaga Jazzist, an electro-jazz band from Norway, performing live with Britten Sinfonia, a 26-piece chamber orchestra, off of their album Live with Britten Sinfonia which comes out tomorrow (though I've managed to find a copy which leaked early). Check it out 5-6pm CTZ this Tuesday right here on KRUU radio. 

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