The Beast & Nnenna Freelon Present Freedom Suite, Hosted by 9th Wonder + MP3

The Beast, a hip-hop quartet featuring emcee Pierce Freelon brings multi Grammy nominee jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon into the group for Freedom Suite, a collection of original songs, classic interpretations and interviews reflecting on jazz and hip-hop today. The entire album will be available for free download on October 26th, via The Revivalist, Okayplayer’s new jazz site.

The music of Freedom Suite combines a live jazz aesthetic with a electronic, sample-based hip-hop aesthetic and features artists like 9th Wonder, Geechi Suede of Camp Lo, Phonte, YahZarah. The music is interspersed with conversations between scholars and teachers like Amiri Baraka, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Angela Davis and more.

Check out the first single “Freedom Part 2″ from their Bandcamp site below.

Enter to Win Your Copy of Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense

Enter to winJazz is undergoing changes of monumental magnitude and importance. Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense is a documentary film that captures the metamorphosis of jazz by showcasing the words, music, and spirit of the artists that are paving the way for an unprecedented musical revolution. Featuring Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Medeski Martin & Wood, Russell Gunn, Dianne Reeves, Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, and many more. For a taste, grab some downloads and watch some videos we posted a few weeks ago.

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Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper and more in Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense + MP3

When you ask most people, “name a jazz musician today,” 9 out of 10 times you will get the name of someone who is already dead. But jazz today is undergoing some monumental changes and in this documentary film — Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense, by filmmakers Michael Rivoira, Lars Larson and Peter J. Vogt, the musicians take stage front and center to explain the nature of this metamorphosis. Featuring Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Medeski Martin & Wood, Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band, Russell Gunn, Dianne Reeves, Terence Blanchard, Bill Frisell, Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, Jr., Wayne Shorter and many more. This documentary brings you the rebellious, young, and gifted, responsible for quietly revolutionizing jazz under our noses.

Among those artists participating in the sound revolution is Donald Harrison, Jr. who is making bold moves in the jazz world experimenting to create some very unique compositions. Check out the title track of his latest album Quantum Leap and make sure you also take a peek at the track “NY 2000″ featured on the film.

Donald Harrison, Jr. “Quantum Leap” [MP3]
 

Donald Harrison, Jr. “NY 2000″ [MP3]
 

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Robert Glasper Gets Double-Booked On Third Album

coverthumbDouble-Booked (out August 25) is Robert Glasper‘s third album for Blue Note, following up Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007).

The 32-year-old Houston native, who “unfailingly gets the feeling right” (New York Magazine), has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. Double-Booked, which is split into two sections, reflects both sides of the pianist’s mental states.

The Trio portion contains an astonishing treatment of Thelonious Monk’s “Think of One,” quoting Ahmad Jamal’s “Swahililand” (the chord progression that formed the basis of De La Soul’s 1996 hip-hop classic “Stakes Is High”).  On the hip hop half, “Butterfly” is originally from Thrust, Herbie Hancock’s 1974 landmark album, heightened by vocoder effects and a J Dilla beat called “F— the Police,” while the penultimate track “All Matter” is a striking, unclassifiable original by vocalist Bilal Oliver.

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