Saturday, January 9, 2010

Yeah, Right On!

There's something about this time of year that I always find myself going back to my roots, digging through my records and, without fail, listening to more jazz. It's been a blast to feature some of my favorite records on the Especial Records Special and the Scandinavian Jazz Special the past two weeks, alongside Chris Galvan and OdDio. I've also really been enjoying a few new albums. Among those, a few have stood out and found themselves in regular rotation around the house.

I've been a big fan of Phil Ranelin since I became aware of him when the Vibes From The Tribe album was re-issued in 2001. So I am really grateful to not only have his classic albums see re-issue, but also see Phil creating anew. The Tribe records crew's new album, Tribe Revisited, that Carl Craig instigated is excellent and could easily sit alongside the original material released on Tribe Records back in the day. I also have a sweet spot in my heart as these guys made it happen in Detroit.

Phil Ranelin and Pharoah Sanders are among the stellar artists comprising the Build An Ark collective, headed up by Carlos Nino and growing out of Los Angeles. Their new album, Love Part 1, has some moments that are stop you dead in your tracks, overwhelming emotionally, even many listens in. Absolutely stunning. Music at it's best.

I've also really been enjoying the companion double album to Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker's Freedom Rhythm & Sound book. Twenty three show stoppers from the 60s and 70s that focus on the independent spirit of the underground and a scene that grew side by side with the civil rights movement. Powerful conscience sounds to keep you moving in the right direction.

I've also pulled out a mixtape that I made on my first day after moving to Brooklyn a couple years ago. It's nothing to speak of from a DJ perspective, but it fits nicely with what I've been feeling and jamming out lately, including some vintage Phil Ranelin, a Joe McPhee burner, and probably my favorite cut from the unbelievable Dave Pike. Maybe this can help generate some heat during what looks to be a cold winter ahead. I hope you enjoy!

1. Milt Jackson - People Make The World Go Round - CTI
2. Eddie Henderson - Inside You - Blue Note
3. Phil Ranelin - Vibes From The Tribe - Time Is Now
4. Earth, Wind & Fire - Bad Tune - Warner
5. Joe McPhee - Shakey Jake - CjRecord Productions
6. The New Process - Freedom - Tramp
7. Charles Brackermeen Quartet - Attainment - Silkheart
8. Dave Pike - Swan Lake - Muse

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