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New Year, New Day, New Music

And lots of older music too. Though perhaps not that old. Just a great selection of music to get you through the day, or set off your evening. Downtempo, jazz, indie disco, electronic, Latin, French, rock, reggae, lullabies, and even a Xmas selection which isn’t at all schmaltzy. La la la. Beauty and imagination. It’s 2010, where are you going ?

New Year’s Day part 1

Non Ce N’est Pas Un Rêve – Françoise Hardy
Fading Away (Apparat Remix) – Nitrada
Do You Hear – Mr. Scruff
Sign (DJ DSL Remix) – Boozoo Bajou
Suburbia – Nite Jewel
Moon Child – Pharoah Sanders
Move – I’m not a Gun
Double Vision – Lusine
Safety Meetings – Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts
Endless Things – flevans
Ummh – Bobby Hutcherson
Rush Hour In Hong Kong – Louie Ramírez
New Morning – Quantic And His Combo Barbaro
around the world – christian prommer’s drumlesson
Exodus – Michael Brecker & Lisa Fischer
Don’t Bounce It – Isan
Little Drummer Boy – Low
Frere Jacques – Jean Jacques Perry & Luke Vibert
40 Winx – Mike Slott

New Year’s Day part 2

La Murga – Willie Colon
Cherrystones – Eugene McDaniels
Burnin Inside – King Khan & The Shrines
Worldwide – Allen Toussaint
Song for My Father – Cedric Im Brooks/Light Of Saba
Mambotango – Ray Barretto
Gone – Stefon Harris & Blackout Present
Mysterious Traveller – Weather Report
Money Jungle – Duke Ellington With Charles Mingus & Max Roach
Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved By Nature – George Russell
How To Find Royal Jelly (Lost Scrolls Of Hamaric) – Sonar Kollektiv Orchester
In the Key of Blue – Quantic

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Autumn Leaves Pt. 2

It’s been a long couple of weeks grinding at my job. Long days, long nights. It always is this time of year. Tired back, aching shoulders at times, and my focus solely on what’s right in front of me. Usually I’d have more of my attention diverted towards music and thinking about what I’d like to play. How can I use this song and make it fit right in the mix ? Can I work in this progressive, minimal, dub, experimental techno joint without going all stomp, stomp, stomp ? Maybe people will enjoy this post-disco casio bleep music if I just throw a Lady WretchWretch accapella over it ?

I can safely say last night, these questions were not nagging me. I was exhausted after the day/night and diverted my mind from itself with a KenKen puzzle, a Warrior’s loss and the cat’s claws on my toes. A couple B vitamins, some Chinese Herbs, and a rare Red Bull a bit later, I felt alright, just wanting to listen to some beautiful music in a laid back groove. This set is what came of it. Lotsa soul, sprinkles of jazz, electronic, world, funk and hiphop. No bells and whistles, this is how I chill in ’09 til . . .


Autumn Leaves Pt. 2

Flyin’ High InThe Brooklyn Sky – Digable Planets With Lester Bowie And Wah Wah Watson
Bump It – Erykah Badu
Move Me No Mountain – Love Unlimited
You’re My Everything – Anita Baker
Tripping Out – Curtis Mayfield
Coolie High – Camp Lo
So Far From Home feat. Phonte – Jazzanova
Damn (Marcel Remix) – Nightmares On Wax
Melt! – Flying Lotus
We Hear You – Luke Vibert
Ringa Ringa – A.R. Rahman
Give the Drummer Sum – Black Milk
Crazy Alien – Ras G
Rollin’ – Dam Funk
What Did He Say – Nite Jewel
Odyssey Man Feat Ayah – Robert Strauss
Zumba Mama – Chico Mann
Can We Call It Love – Ahu
Spirits Up Above (Simbad’s Cosmic Boogie Remix) – Jose James

Autumn Leaves pt. 1

It being a beautiful and brisk fall day, a not too often occurrence for the Bay Area, I cannot help but to think of New York and the greater New England area, where I lived for 9 years. It’s sweater weather. Wool, scarfs, gloves, mittens and knit caps. The falling leaves being rushed about the city by unseen winds. The beginning of the season of reflection and new dreams drifting into our subconscious. Change. No music better fits these ideas in my opinion than America’s greatest heritage, jazz. Listening to Monk or Coltrane, Davis or Dolphy, Baker or Blakey, their tones, timbres and swinging improvisations, I am reminded of the daring and everyday challenges music and life can present, when I take the time to listen, search and continually reinvent change in life. Jazz represents this idea more than any other American music, as it was created as a result of these principles in action. It’s structure is so deeply rooted, it will never whither, though it’s offspring musical legacies may forget hence from where they draw their nourishment.

Jazzintime

Feel Like Makin’ Love – Bob James
I’m Still Standing – Omar
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Irene Kral
The Dreaming Mind Part 2 – Quantic And His Combo Barbaro
Soul Vibrations – Dorothy Ashby
I Got The – Labi Siffre
Got My Mojo Working – Jimmy Smith
Ballicki Bone – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Tea Leaf Dancers – Flying Lotus featuring Andreya Triana
Welcome To The Club – Marc Moulin
Hip Street – Nu Tropic
Nautilus – Bob James
Gone – Stefon Harris & Blackout
The Basis – Lack Of Afro
Fresh Delivery – Captain Planet
Posed To Be feat Chali2na, Mixmaster Wolf, DJ Dusk – Breakestra
If You Want Me To Stay – Baker Brothers
Layer ft. Mara TK – Julien Dyne
The Rink – Theo Parrish

Soul for Days

Lake Merritt

Fall equinox always reminds me of John Coltrane’s birthday (September 23). One of the great musicians of the last century, I’m sure most are aware of some of his work. I think what is most striking to me is the soul he put into the music and outside the music into his life. A spiritual searcher and gentle, contemplative man, his album “A Love Supreme” is an apex in jazz, art and music. It’s an album to listen to in tough times, calm times, quiet times and really any time. One always worth another listen.

I’m not fond of tributes, but this last Friday, I wanted to play a Coltrane song or two and wound up playing Dwight Trible’s wonderful vocal version of “A Love Supreme”. I hear the song as a tribute to Coltrane’s music and life with great performances from all the musicians and a tight arrangement. The rest of this set has nothing to do with Coltrane outside of being soulful and sweet.

Rocksteady Coltrane Soul

My Conversation – Slim Smith
President a Mash Up the Resident – Shorty the President
Tribute to Slim Smith – Tyrone Downie
Eternal Drums – Bongo Herman & L.E.S.
Always Together – Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths
Danger In Your Eyes – Don Evans and the Paragons
One in the World Style – Niney The Observer/King Tubby
Gedowa – Abyssinia
A Love Supreme – Dwight Trible
La Ritournelle – Sebastien Tellier
Yardbird Suite (Saint Etienne remix) – Rebop/Herbie Mann
Aganju (Latin Project remix) – Bebel Gilberto
Skyy High (Yam Who? mix) – Raphael Saadiq
I’ve Been Waiting – Incognito
Spacefruit – SA-RA Creative Partners