The Latin Project Radio Show [Exclusive] & MP3 Download

the-latin-project-front-coverThe Latin Project are giving away the title track from their sophomore album, Musica De La Noche (out June 23). The song features guests Freddie Crespo (percussionist & vocalist for Tito Puente) and Debi Nova, who’s played with Sergio Mendes, Mark Ronson and Ricky Martin.

Headed by Jez Colin and Matt Cooper, The Latin Project have also recorded a one-off radio show exclusively for Giant Step. It’s a fabulous melange of tracks that served as inspiration for the album from Jill Scott to J5 and Incognito, with a couple of their own productions sprinkled in.

Download “Musica De La Noche”

The Latin Project Radio Show [Giant Step Exclusive]

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Q-Tip, Chester French, Little Dragon & Benji B Play Giant Step’s 2009 SummerStage Event

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Summer is upon us and that means Giant Step’s SummerStage event is just around the corner on Saturday, July 18th. This year we are honored to present the legendary Q-Tip headlining with his full live band, new boys Chester French, Sweden’s Little Dragon and from London, holding it down on the decks, Benji B.

Expect, as always, a great day of eclectic music, Giant Step’s vibes and the beautiful people that you can only find in a city as diverse as New York.

Central Park SummerStage
Rumsey Playfield, enter the park at 69th St. & 5th Ave.

Doors at 2 PM
Show at 3 PM
Free / All Ages

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120 Seconds With Jazz Legend Chico Hamilton

In this episode of 120 Seconds by NYC’s very own Friends We Love, jazz legend Chico Hamilton opens his heart about how he met the love of his life, his wife of 67 years, Helen.

Chico’s latest album, Twelve Tones of Love, takes listeners on a musical journey of his venerable career and the numerous people who have influenced it, including trombonist George Bohanon, who was in one of Chico’s classic sixties ensembles; vocalist Jose James, who studied under Chico; and multi-reedist Jack Kelso, Chico’s lifelong friend.

Free download: “Penthouse A”

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Zaki Ibrahim’s Debut Album Eclectica (Episodes In Purple) + US Tour

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Born in Vancouver, BC and raised between South Africa and Canada’s West Coast, Zaki Ibrahim spent her life moving between two culturally diverse worlds, culminating in her debut album, Eclectica (Episodes In Purple). Her music is captivating and vibrant, thick with poetics and steeped in a delicious mixture of earnest emotion and social commentary.

In addition to collaborating with famed DJ/producer King Britt on “Money,” Zaki worked with Nick Holder on “Love/Like.” Zaki explains that on “Love/Like” she, “wanted a different sound and the harmonies somehow reminded me of water. I had never worked with water instruments before, like a Rainstick and the Udu, and it brought an ancestral/tribal tinge to the song.”

Expect the unexpected as Zaki begins her US tour June 9th.

US Tour Dates
Jun 9 The Social – Orlando, FL
Jun 10 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
Jun 11 Revolution – Ft Lauderdale, FL
Jun 12 Jack Rabbits. – Jacksonville, FL
Jun 13 The Music Farm – Charleston, SC
Jun 14 The Soapbox Laundro-lounge – Wilmington, NC
Jun 17 The Quarter – Baltimore, MD
Jun 19 The Wonder – Bar Ashbury Park, NJ

Free download: “Love-Like”

MC Busdriver: Not Your “Least Favorite Rapper”

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Los Angeles emcee Busdriver follows up 2007′s RoadKillOvercoat with Jhelli Beam (out June 9). On Jhelli Beam, Busdriver’s legendary breath-defying flow teeters precariously on top of samples of classical music, jazz drumming and proggy guitar parts, without ever losing sight of the electronic music that helped define his sound on RoadKillOvercoat.

The legendary underground battle rapper Nocando guests on the classically witty Busdriver track “Least Favorite Rapper,” while Islands’ precocious Nick Thorburn’s influence can be heard on an almost ELO-flavored song “Happy Insider.”  Jhelli Beam is mindfully engaging and physically palpable at the same time – a wholly unique take on what an underground hip hop album should be.

“Least Favorite Rapper”
“Me-Time”

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