Published On 24 March 2014 | By DJ Blast | JAZZ, NEO-SOUL, SOUL


Last year we released Class In Session a sumptuous compilation that includes most renowned music for sophisticated palates.

Today we wanna pay tribute to some artists that deserve great consideration from blogs,critics,journalists,magazines and last but not least the black music audience!

Ladies & gentlemen here you are a special gathering of artists that we consider as expression of real and pure class!!

Ladies & gentlemen this is Class In Session Vol. 2.

The first artist is an icon of refined music: Van Hunt. Ohio multi-instrumentalist (he plays saxophone,guitar,organ and the list goes on) , songwriter,arranger,producer and wonderful singer,collaborated with several artists like Rahsaan Patterson on his sophomore album Love In Stereo,Trina Broussard,Count BassD,Dionne Farris (he wrote the nu-soul masterpice Hopeless). We suggest you something about Van Hunt on Lost In Lust and maybe we could spend a lot of praises for this unconventional artist , for his music that sounds like a huge kaleidoscope imbued by funky,rock,soul,r&b. Let us serve you up the gem titled Feelings from the unreleased project Popular. This track exudes emotions and superlative vibrations that stimulate senses.

The next artist is U.K bassist, vocalist,songwriter Steve Spacek.  We want to consider Steve  on his individual dimension  and not when he was part of Spacek band (althought they made some interesting tunes). In 2005 Steve Spacek earned positive reviews launching his solo career with his debut album titled Space Shift with the collabo of artists like J.Dilla.The project is a sperimantation of soulful groovy sounds and urban beats that relax and seduces mind & body! We  recommend ya the tune titled  Get On Down. If you appreciated artists like: J*Davey,Vikter Duplaix,Sa-Ra,Platinum Pied Pipers maybe Spacek’s sound will be something for you.

Time to introduce you Siji. London native and New York based singer,songwriter and producer Siji from the BBE’s roster, earned notoriety thanks Osunlade, that was impressed by the genuine talent of Siji and decided to give him the possibilty to work on his record titled God Given released in 2004. We stumbled upon a lil impressive masterpiece titled Running Away, that convinced us to spotlight the talent of this artist with a background that contemplate afro sounds and rhythms.

Leela James represents one of the most unadulterated neo-soul artists. With a so fucking powerful and fiery vocal prowess, she inflames the roof with a music that embraces gospel,rhythm & blues and modern-soul. In 2005 Leela released her debut album called A Change Is Gonna Come working in studio shoulder to shoulder with some heavy-weight from the music scene : Wyclef Jean,Raphael Saadiq,Renee Neufville,Gwen Stefani  and Kanye West to name a few. We chose the outstanding track titled My Joy produced by Vikter Duplaix and James Poyser.

Jill Scott is certainly one of our fav neo-soul songstress. The Philly queen appeared on many selections here on da block and she deserve a comfortable place here on Class In Session Vol. 2 , as synonym of pure class! Jilly music oozes incredible quality,unconventional and eclectic talent performing in a flawless way different genres, from jazz to neo-soul. we chose something special from her debut studio album titled Who Is Jill Scott? released under Hidden Beach Records in 200o and produced by Dre & Vidal,James Poyser,Carvin Haggins to name a few. Enjoy with the groove of It’s Love.

The next artist is a new entry on Dojo Cuts is a standout australian ensemble of musicians that made music influenced by 60s and 70s soul,funk and jazz. In 2012 they released Take From Me counting on the breathtaking voice of Roxie Ray. We really appreciate the blend between funky and vintage soul from Dojo music and we congratulate with the   Record Kicks label based in Milan, Italy for their “long view” about Dojo collective talent!

The extra-smooth and clear voice of jazz vocalist Gretchen Parlato, gained a place on with the breakout album titled The Lost & Found released in 2011. On the same year Gretchen collaborated with Brooklyn mastermind DJ Center on his acclaimed project Everything In Time , an interesting exploration into electronic downtempo sounds,jazzy relaxing vibrations and urban beats featuring Zaki Ibrahim,Oddisee,Renee Neufville. Gretchen  delectable voice blew us away on the single titled You Got The Love.

D is the king and we ain’t no doubt. Waiting for D’Angelo new studio album, we can’t exempt us to mention the one and only king of neo-soul. We want to taste something from his classic debut album Brown Sugar released in 1995 with the collabo of Raphael Saadiq,Angie Stone,Ali Shaheed Muhammed. Let the smooth jazz conquer your soul with the single When We Get By with the trumpet of Robert Brockmann.

The next track is a rare masterpiece performed by Charlie Peters. Charlie is also member of hip hop group Mojoe under the moniker Easy Lee. Inspired by D’Angelo, Charlie made a sumptuous track called Searching For the James River produced by Long Island producer George ‘G.P’ Pettus. It’s a cascade of vibrant music that you can’t miss.

The last gem is a feel-good sound by The Baker Brothers. It’s an interesting collective of musicians that hit our attention with an astonishing good chemistry of soul,funk and  jazz.In 2008 they dropped Bakers Dozen and we chose Walk Into My World featuring the shimmering voice of U.K singer Vanessa Freeman.

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