SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: GIANT STEPS (JAZZ FOR COOL MINDS)SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: GIANT STEPS (JAZZ FOR COOL MINDS)
Tonight we selected some brilliant jazz tunes that deserve audience attention.
We think jazz represents a kind of genre for people that got sensitive soul and love to enrich their spirit with a direct connection between music and soul. We work so hard in order to spread only good music,inviting people to taste and support all the beauty around the black music world.
Now, it’s time to start with a new entry on scratchtheblock.com. We are talking about Wicked Jazz Connection! As a matter of fact, we have to say that it’s not exactly a group , but maybe it would be more correct consider Wicked Jazz Connection as a great platform,organization where artists,DJs,producers,musicians works together in order to make and spread a kind of music, that goes beyond traditional boundaries,mixing jazz,funk,soul and hip hop as you can realize tasting the single titled Patience featuring underground emcee Romye Robinson aka Bootie Brown (from The Pharcyde) and dutch songstress Berenice Van Leer . This track is included on the recent self-titled album by Wicked Jazz Connection .
Southwest Atlanta bona fide singer Tiombe Lockhart earned her stripes thanks the long view of Waajeed, that decided to bet on her talent , recruiting Tiombe for his acclaimed project Triple P under the group Platinum Pied Pipers. In 2005 Tiombe dropped ,under Waajeed Bling47 Recordings, The Tiombe Lockhart Bootleg #1 from which we chose the track titled G.P , a sumptuous smooth jazz gem produced by Robert Glasper.
We introduced french producer SmokedBeats on our last jazz selection titled Da Jazz Season . It’s been a great discover for the pleasure of our ears thirsty for good music! Probably his interesting project titled Smoked Mood Vol. 2 , will conquer your attention but now taste the track called Simple Pleasure featuring the warm voice of parisian jazz vocalist Mennel Sullivan.
Do you know the music by Pink Martini? Nothing familiar? Damn, come on, racks your brain!!! If i would suggest you the single titled Sympathique? The eclectic ensemble was born by the idea of Oregon pianist Thomas Lauderdale, and we have to admit that idea was really good! Thomas Lauderdale relased in 1997 Pink Martini debut album titled Sympathique , alongside Massachusetts singer/songwriter China Forbes and they obtained positive reviews in particular in Europe. We selected the vintage jazz masterpice titled Hang On Little Tomato from their sophomore full-length self-titled album released in 2004.
Recently we had the opportunity to chat about jazz with an artist from U.K : Matthew Daniel. With a musical background that includes Sarah Vaughan,Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding,Donny Hathaway as well as modern artists like Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, and Raphael Saadiq this talented songwriter and producer impressed us with his debut single titled Lose Your Smile. The music played by Matthew is “like a fusion of soul and jazz with beats” (as he says!!). On this track you can also appreciate the relaxed tones and warm melodies from Chicago songstress Trizonna McClendon .
Recently we recommended the lil smooth jazz masterpiece by Los Angeles young vocalist Lauren Desberg titled Sideways . The project is produced by the one and only Gretchen Parlato, an authority when we talk about jazz music. Sit down and relax your soul with the seductive gem titled You Got To My Head .
The saxophonist behind I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, is here to give you quality music! Memphis saxophonist Kirk Whalum is always a guarantee ! In 2010 Kirk released Everything Is Everything: The Music of Donny Hathaway re-interpreting, Donny music recruiting some incredible artists like Lalah Hathaway and neo-soul veteran crooner Musiq Soulchild. We selected the track titled We’re Still Friends an impressive revisitation of 1972 Donny Hathaway record. Kirk Whalum virtuosity mixed with always delectable Musiq vocal skills bring your soul in heaven!!!
It’s not the first time , that we hosted german super-talented and eclectic collective Jazznova here on “da block”. They appeared on Jazz Is The Keyword and Da Jazz Season. In 2002 Jazzanova dropped their debut project titled In Between enlisting some important artists like Clara Hill,Ursula Rucker and multifaceted artist Vikter Duplaix. We chose the song titled Wasted Time, a supa-smooth and classy gem that exudes vibrant sensuality!
Mastermind parisian producer/dj DJ Cam , recruited some dope musicians to release some projects under the moniker of DJ Cam Quartet. In 2009 they dropped Diggin , an album where they approach to some classic record from the past like: Montara by Bobby Hutcherson,Summer in the City by Quincy Jones,Everybody Loves the Sunshine by Roy Ayers. We chose You’ve Got To Have Freedom featuring the sultry voice of InLove , that reminds us Amber Navram from Moonchild.
The last track is performed by Oakland native jazz and blues veteran songstress Brenda Boykin. We selected the stunning Moaning from her debut album titled Chocolate & Chili released in 2008.