SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: MOONRAY
Hey jazz lovers, scratchtheblock.com is back with the last effort titled Moonray!
The brand new jazz selection includes some of the most interesting names from the black music scene that will satisfy your hunger of quality music.
THE RH FACTOR FEAT. JOANNA TETERS – THE JOINT
In 2006 Roy Hargrove gaves to the world a masterpiece titled Hard Groove. The project handled by the virtuoso jazz trumpeter and his ensemble was acclaimed as a trailblazing album where jazz flirted with hip-hop and neo-soul groove. Hard Groove included bright artist like: Erykah Badu,Common,James Poyser, Me’Shell NdegéOcello,D’Angelo and the list goes on. Talented vocalist Joanna Teters resumed RH Factor‘s masterpiece to add her own style with her remarkable vocal prowess and the result is brilliant. The Mad Satta’s singer revamped the track titled The Joint ….so close your eyes and…vibe! Don’t miss the superlative Mad Satta album titled Comfort. RH Factor appeared on jazz selections Creole Love Call , Speaking In Keys,Da Jazz Hunter
OSHUN – WINDOW PAIN (PRODUCED BY TOM MISH)
We met Niambi Sala and Thandiwe aka Oshun last year with the review of their dope work titled AFAHYE. The New York duo blew our mind with a music influenced by artists like Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu , a music that embodies elements of underground hip-hop and neo-soul. For this occasion we selected the superlative Window Pain with the super-refined jazz istrumental handled by one of the most brilliant producer of the international black music scene, Tom Mish.
GREGORY PORTER FEAT. BEN L’ONCLE SOUL – GRANDMA’S HANDS
Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter marked up the 2014 with his masterpiece Liquid Spirit. Yap, last year the baritone talented singer won the grammy award for Best Jazz Vocal Album (in 2011 he was nominated in the same category with the album Water). We stay focused on the fan-tas-tic EP More Liquid Spirit: Features + Remixes that includes sumptuous collaborations like songstress Laura Mvula (she appeared on the selection titled Sexy As Hell),french DJ/beatmaker 20Syl (which also appeared on jazz-hop selection Black Talk).Taste the top-tier cover of Bill Withers’s Grandma’s Hands. Mr.Porter recruits french soul singer Ben L’Oncle Soul to resume the masterpiece tune produced by the one and only Booker T.Jones. Gregory Porter was selected for the jazz selection Mood Indigo
FARNELL NEWTON FEAT. TONI HILL – BABY NAMES (PRODUCED BY TONY OZIER)
4 years ago bright talent trumpeter Farnell Newton released the magnificent project titled Class Is Now In Session. On jazz selection Creole Love Call we selected something hot with Jarrod Lawson, today we spread another brilliant performance from this project. Close the noise out of your windows, press play and taste the relaxing vibes of Baby Names with the warm,extra-warm voice of Portland songstress/songwriter Toni Hill. The track is produced by Tony Ozier, who is currently working alongside Farnell Newton for his new project Ready To Roll. Make sure you to help Farnell’s Kickstarter campaign to reach $ 10,000 goal and check out the first leak off Ready To Roll titled Peace + Love
HARVEY MASON FEAT. CHRIS TURNER – IF I EVER LOSE THIS HEAVEN
Legendary jazz drummer Harvey Mason dropped last year Chameleon. On his last effort the virtuoso drummer decided to reinterpret some jazz standards like Montara by Bobby Hutcherson,Black Frost by Grover Washington Jr., Before the Dawn by Patrice Rushen. In order to build a standout opus Mr.Mason recruited a line up of seminal acts , so you can appreciate the fender rhodes of New York based artist Kris Bowers (check out his Heroes + Misfits), Christian Scott and Mark deClive Lowe (he delighted us on selections Stay Mellow Vol.3,Class In Session and Masters At Work. Make sure you to check out Church).We chose the re-arrangement of Quincy Jones/Leon Ware If I Ever Lose This Heaven with the vocal of bona-fide singer Chris Turner
JARROD LAWSON – HE’S THERE
We can describe singer/songwriter Jarrod Lawson as one of the most interesting and skilful emerging artist of the moment. His self-titled debut album earned positive reviews from the most influential music sites and caughts the attention of a miscellaneous audience thanks his slinky and elegant approach that spans from soul to jazz. We selected the beyond amazing song titled He’s There.
JULIE DEXTER – LOVE
U.K singer/songwriter Julie Dexter is surely a versatile act of the music scene. It’s impossible to put her in a box trying to classify her genre infact according to her musical chops she worked with avant-garde and innovators artists like New Sector Movements,IG Culture but also neo-soul singers like Anthony David,Maryland recording artist and performer JSoul,Angela Johnson. In 2002 Julie Dexter released Dexterity a must have for everyone who loves the balanced bond between Nu-Soul and Jazz. We selected the smooth jazz tune titled Love, honey for your ears!!
MIKE ZABRIN FEAT. ANTHONY PAVEL – LIFE
Young and trained bassist Mike Zabrin mesmerized us with his superb album titled Funktastic. The opus unveils a clever craftmaship of a musician also able to produce an excellent project that easily acrosses funk,jazz,soul and hip-hop.In order to give you an appetizer (before you jump in the ear-catchy world of Funktastic!!!) we selected the appealing track titled Life.The track is a collaboration with Chicago singer Anthony Pavel who thrills us with his delectable voice!
SARAH ELIZABETH CHARLES – WHITE BLUE
New York-based composer, arranger and vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles appears for the first time here on scratchtheblock.com but we felt in love with her sublime talent so we will include more and more joints on the next selections. With a musical background influenced by jazz icons like Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, this great jazz vocalist impressed us with her EP titled RED released in 2012 via Truth Revolution Records. Sarah Elizabeth Charles is currently involved in a new project titled Inner Dialogue co-produced by Christian Scott.In the meantime we highly recommend the sumptuous White Blue, lead single off Inner Dialogue.Everyone should experience Sarah Charles beautiful voice, so don’t miss her music,follow and support her.
THE COOKERS QUINTET FEAT. DAWN PEMBERTON – THE THRILL IS GONE
Canadian jazz ensemble The Cookers Quintet is almost ready to engage the senses of jazz audiences with the forthcoming second installment of The Cookers Quintet scheduled for the end of this month. The group consisting of tenor saxophonist Ryan Oliver,bassist Alex Coleman,drummer Joel Haynes,pianist Richard Whiteman and trumpeter Tim Hamel literally enraptured our soul with the recent release of the single The Thrill Is Gone. The wonderful rendition of the Lew Brown and Ray Henderson’s blues standard sounds like a well-tuned,enticing and sought-after piece enhanced with the sultry and soulful voice of Dawn Pemberton. If you are not familiar with Dawn Pemberton’s music, we suggest you her jewel titled Say Somethin’ dropped last year under the label Do Right Music