Larry Coryell With The Wide Hive Players – “Return of Shirtless”

Guitar legend Larry Coryell joins forces with a group of impressive session musicians in this new funk jam, Larry Coryell With the Wide Hive Players, due to be released next week on April 12th. Dubbed “the Godfather of Fusion” by Downbeat Magazine, Larry Coryell has earned a permanent place in music history. He brought what amounted to a near alien sensibility to jazz-electric guitar playing in the 1960′s, a hard-edged, cutting tone that owed as much to blues, rock and even country as it did to earlier, smoother bop influences.

The Players consist of bassist Matt Montgomery (Calvin Keys and Variable Unit) and Thomas McCree (Lyrics Born’s drummer), horn players Mike Rinta (Sly Stone, Santana), Doug Rowan (Jazz Mafia) and pianist Adam Shulman, all contribute to create a cohesive alive sound, reminiscent of Coryell’s popular Offerings or Eleventh House era (1972-74). Primarily Jazz-Funk, the album also glows with overtones of soul, blues, has a definitive rock undercurrent. Check out the first single, “Return of Shirtless” -

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Les Nubians ft. Blitz the Ambassador – “Les Gens” (People)

Les Nubians‘ upcoming album, Nü Revolution, includes a handful of featured artists including Brooklyn-based Ghanaian MC Blitz the Ambassador. With this song, Paris-born sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart tackle the subject of gossip and soussou (rumors), as the rastas say.

“Gossips and are little mundane poisons. What people say about you is deformed from a mouth to an ear, to a mouth to another mouth!” – Hélène

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Les Nubians – Les Gens (People) ft. Blitz the Ambassador by Giant Step NYC

GPWW 3/16/11: The Stepkids, Raoul K & Music from Japan, for Japan

This week, Gilles Peterson has words and music from The Stepkids (Stones Throw) and Raoul K, but he made time in between sets to play music from Japan, for Japan. The Japanese joints are simply beautiful, including artists like the Hideo Shiraki Quintet, UFO and Hozan Yamamoto. He also got a quick interview with The Stepkids, self-professed ‘MP3 nerds,’ and a sampling from their new album. A post-genre band, these guys have played as session musicians in different ways – from hard jazz, to R&B, to indie rock and everything in between. The combination they created for their upcoming album is like nothing you’ve heard before. The show ends with a mix from Raoul K, German-based DJ via West Africa, with tracks from King Sunny Ade, Carl Craig, Raoul K himself and more.

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Tyson – “Out of My Mind”

Tyson – Out Of My Mind by PurplePR

Tyson, an unidentified, masked producer from the UK brought more hipstery 80s flashbacks early this year, with a single called “Die On The Dancefloor,” and now “Out Of My Mind.” Both are available on iTunes now and coming soon to vinyl.

Tyson’s comments on his music: “People forgot how to be stars… I’m trying to bring back authentic analogue music that sounds real. I wanted to make something horrible and very, very nasty, so when people heard it they would say ‘urgh’ but in a good way…”


GPWW 3/9/11: Worldwide Family Mixtape: Teebs

For this week’s installment of the Worldwide radio show, Gilles Peterson starts us off with some “slow burn” instrumental tracks from the likes of Yusef Lateef, and Mystica Tribe originating from Japan. From here, he takes us on a journey through some of the work done by Teebs one of the new prodigies coming out of the electronic scene in Los Angeles.  In this mix from Teebs we find tracks like “While You Doooo” and “Double Fifths” which were released under his current label Brainfeeder.

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