Rest In Peace, Terry Callier

 

The Chicago born singer-songwriter and true music legend, Terry Callier, passed away this weekend. One of the most underrated artists ever, we’re proud to have hosted Terry’s first NYC show back in the late 90s.

In his career, Terry went on to contribute to the highly regarded Beth Orton Best Bit EP, released a handful of critically acclaimed albums, toured with George Benson and Gil Scott-Heron, and released Hidden Conversations in a novel collaboration with Massive Attack in 2009.

Below, listen to one of our favorite Callier tunes, “Ordinary Joe.”

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Giant Step’s 20th Anniversary: Groove Academy Flyers (1990-1996)

This short video collage chronicles the shows and events from 1990 through 1996 of the company that preceded Giant Step: The Groove Academy. This is the first time that the flyers and posters of Groove Academy shows have been digitized.

The concept behind The Groove Academy was to give an opportunity for the masters of funk and groove to perform their craft in front of a young audience and new generation of fans as most only knew these artists from samples used in hip-hop and rap. At this time, many of the originators were in fact forgotten in the USA and had to go to Europe and Japan to make a living. The Groove Academy was determined to help re-launch careers in the States and give them their just props!

As time went on and Giant Step was born, The Groove Academy became the concert wing of the company and helped to introduce new artists. By the mid 1990s, The Groove Academy came to an end, putting all events under the unified umbrella of Giant Step.

Stay tuned for more memorabilia as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary and please share any memories, feedback, or your own photos from this historic time. To see the individual flyers and posters from this video, view the album on our facebook page.

DJ Cam Collaborates With Nicolette On Love EP

camFrench abstract hip hop extraordinaire DJ Cam returns this August with Seven, his first album since Soulshine in 2002. A prelude to the full-length, which promises to be the link between Radiohead and Massive Attack, the Love EP includes the slow burning “Love” featuring Nicolette, as well as the title track of the album, an instrumental atmospheric odyssey.

Watch out for Seven dropping this summer.

 

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Producer Of Massive Attack’s Blue Lines And Unsung Innovator Of Trip Hop Dies

On May 29, Jonny Sharp, better known as Jonny Dollar – the producer behind Massive Attack’s Blue Lines and Gabrielle‘s triple-platinum album Rise – died of cancer at the Royal Marsden hospital.

Polydor president Ferdy Unger-Hamilton recounted to Music Week, “I knew Jonny from his work with Neneh Cherry; he co-produced a lot of her work with Cameron McVey and Massive Attack. He also produced Blue Lines. ‘Buffalo Stance’ and ‘Man Child’…had a profound effect on me when I was about 14. And when I first heard ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ – like everybody else who heard it, I don’t think I could really believe what I was hearing.” Ferdy continued that Jonny was, “as committed and driven a producer as I’ve ever met, I literally had to take the tracks by force back off him, he was so determined to make them perfect. He was as tough artistically as he was gentle a person.”

Dollar is survived by wife, Harriet, and his four children.  A private family funeral in Cornwall will be held, followed by a memorial service in London. He was 45.