Stream: Weather Report - "The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981" 4CD Set

Official Press Release:

"Weather Report’s The Legendary Live Tapes features four discs of sensational unreleased performances all “completely, totally, unapologetically and insanely live” recorded by the legendary jazz group from 1978 to 1981.

Formed by one-time Miles Davis sidemen Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter in 1970, Weather Report defied categorization in the 15 years they recorded together. Inspired by their “electric” collaborations with Davis, Zawinul and Shorter would lead Weather Report into unpredictable territory, from free-jazz to structured but sprawling multicultural jazz-rock. Though Zawinul would reject the “fusion” genre the band are so often associated with “We don’t fuse nuthin’, we just play from the heart,” he once said their music would serve as a landmark for jazz revolution and evolution in the 1970s and 1980s.

The dramatic addition of electric bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius to the lineup in 1976 led to an even more energetic and daring Weather Report, who would even score a crossover hit in 1977 with “Birdland.” A year later, drummer Peter Erskine joined the fold, creating one of the band’s most notable lineups; that lineup would expand to a quintet with the addition of percussionist Bobby Thomas, Jr. in 1980.

These two lineups, responsible for some of Weather Report’s most important moments, are chronicled in this four-disc set, sourced from never-before-heard soundboard tapes recorded by longtime live mixing engineer Brian Risner. Produced by Erskine and executive produced by Joe Zawinul’s son Anthony, this package uniquely showcases Weather Report’s extensive prowess as a band, opting not to replicate the ebb and flow of a standard Weather Report set at the time, instead offering a uniquely curated experience that captures the dazzling directions the group took at the arguable height of their powers."

Ill & Al Skratch - "I'll Take Her" (Unreleased Remix 12" Acetate Version)

Rare Hip Hop collector Umberto comes through with another gem in a remix of the 1994 lover's jam "I'll Take Her" by NYC duo Ill & Al Skratch. In a period of Hip Hop where the remix b-side gem was a common thing to find in stores, Ill & Al represent a rougher edge of sound on this rare bass-heavy version in comparison to the sunny vibe of the original video version below.

DJ Nice, Phill Most Chill, Emskee, Audessey, Sadat X & Carpetface Team Up For "My Contribution Part 3"

With a funky remix by Paul Nice and PHILL MOST CHILL, EMSKEE, AUDESSEY, SADAT X and CARPETFACE on the mic, DJ Nice drops "MY CONTRIBUTION Part 3" vinyl on PLAY THAT RECORDS. Original boom-bap for 2015 as veteran MCs and DJs keep it real in this rap game with a memorable showcase of heavy breakbeats, sharp rhymes, human beatbox and cuts.


Available on limited 12" vinyl with stickers here at Juno Records. Original Version is produced by DJ NICE, with cuts by the one and only GRAND MASTER DEE NASTY, legend alive, first french HIP HOP DJ, and many more.

Ease Your Mind To "Sound Of The Fender Rhodes" Mix Volume #24

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An excellent choice when it's time to reach for music that's designed to ease the mind while inviting you into a fusion of sound which is boundless and dreamy. Enjoy a mix driven by the Fender Rhodes piano in the 24th installment of Sound Of The Fender Rhodes! This fan of the Rhodes selects music from past and present to create an overall pleasant vibe while bringin light to slept-on artists who created magic with this classic piano.

Producer Kejam Links With Cleveland Jones & Terry Harris For R&B Dancefloor Burners In 2015

Rich with soulful harmonies, soul-rocking rhythm and lyrics to place you in the moment of good times, enjoy two dance floor burners for 2015. Emerging singer/songwriters Cleveland Jones and Terry Harris link with producers Kejam and The Soul Rockers to unite their talents and bring you the best in love and escapism through music on "Diamonds" and "My Love".

Now available for download at Amazon and Juno Download.

Beats by Dre Party 1 Hr. Concert ft. Em, Cube, Red & Meth, Diddy, Nas & More

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"The best question to ask about last night is, “Who wasn’t there?” Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eminem, Paul McCartney, Nas, Pharcyde, Method Man & Redman, Geto Boys, Diddy and Ma$e, Xzibit, Souls of Mischief, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Blackstreet, and many more showed up to toast to a weekend where legends are made. " - Revolt TV


On A Songbird's Journey, Singer Nia Simmons Wonders About Love

By JR on 5:00 PM

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Gain an inspiring new outlook on love on track #9 from the highly anticipated debut LP "A Songbird's Journey" by independent R&B/Soul recording artist Nia Simmons.

Lyrics, Music and Production by Derrick Marquis Smith (Mellowmusic). Additional production by Rick White (Ricreations).

"Passion Dance Orchestra" by Guitarist Lars Bartkuhn

Guitarist Lars is here to take you in a pleasant daydream in an exciting approach to Folk-infused Jazz on "Passion Dance Orchestra". Evoking a sense of happiness and emotional progression with each of his imaginative arrangements, Lars dances with the strings as he explores his passion for life through a series of lively and elaborate guitar-driven instumentals.

Nigel Hall Joins ?uestlove, Eric Krasno & Others For "Ladies & Gentlemen"

"New Orleans-based, D.C. native Nigel Hall is an honest, humble guardian of soul music. When asked about himself, Nigel reflects, “I'm just someone who lives, eats, drinks music.” It's easy to hear the energy his vocals and keyboards bring to his various musical collaborations: The Warren Haynes Band, Lettuce, Jon Cleary, The Nth Power, Oteil Burbridge & Roosevelt Collier, The Soul Rebels, Doug Wimbish, Dr. Klaw, and countless others."

"His dedication to soul can be heard on his Feel Music/Round Hill debut solo album, Ladies & Gentlemen...Nigel Hall. As he moves from support roles to the spotlight, Hall delivers 10 tracks of joyful, melodic music ranging from Motown to Philly soul to the second-line funk of New Orleans, with a taste of gospel and old-time R&B thrown in (and a majority of the album is written by Hall, with some keen covers of rare Isley Brothers, Ramp, Latimore, and Stanley Clarke tunes).

Produced by Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce) and with support from an elite band including Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Ivan Neville, Charlie Hunter, and Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Ledisi, John Scofield), among others, Ladies & Gentlemen... is the proper introduction to Nigel Hall for fans of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Charles Bradley, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, The O’Jays, and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats." - The Blue Note New York

Stream: "Togetherness" by The Jimmy Heath Big Band, Live At The Blue Note

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"TOGETHERNESS. What Jimmy Heath said about his latest album—his third big band album and first live big band set—can be applied to jazz itself, one of these most inclusive of the Arts. A big band can be one of the finest examples of a jazz as an art form, a framework that achieves a balance of precision, unity, focus, and personal expression.

Jimmy Heath is of a jazz dynasty, the House of Heath, if you will: Jimmy; brother bassist Percy, and brother drummer Albert, a.k.a. “Tootie.” Saxophonist (tenor and soprano, also flute), composer, arranger, and bandleader Heath’s 2010 memoir is entitled I Walked with Giants, and that title/claim is hyperbole-free. Before becoming established as a force in his own right, Heath’s career was intertwined with Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, and Milt Jackson. Not becoming as “famous” as these iconic figures is, according to Heath, beside the point. “You become an icon when you’re dead,” opines Heath. “I always say I’d rather be an acorn, and be alive.” As most of us recall from science classes, the mightiest and most enduring of trees began with an acorn, and Mr. Heath is one of America’s greatest living examples of that." -

JIMMY HEATH tenor & soprano saxophones
ANTONIO HART alto saxophone & flute
MARk GROSS alto saxophone & flute
CHARLES DAVIS tenor saxophone
BOBBY LAVELL tenor saxophone & flute
FRANk BASILE baritone saxophone
ROY HARGROvE trumpet
FRANk GREENE trumpet
STEvE DAvIS trombone
JASON JACkSON trombone
JOHN MOSCA trombone
JEFF NELSON bass trombone

Produced by: John Lee
Executive Producer: Lisa Broderick

Truffel The Phunky Phaqir & Zudo Deliver The Anti-Drug Anthem "Don't Come Wack"

By JR on 11:54 AM

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Skilled in the trade of that ol' boom bap, the Dutch crew of get it crackin with the ingredients of beats, rhymes and cuts to to make the heads nod of Golden Era Hip Hop fans. Using clever wordplay and story telling, "Don't Come Wack" packs a strong message in art of edutainment.

"A psychedelic funk experience, relying heavily on jazz vibes: 'A Jam in The Rough’ is a collection of recorded beats and jams by Truffel The Phunky Phaqir and Zudo, the Amsterdam native members of the Shogun Beatcats. This debut release features the single 'Don't Come Wack' by fellow Shogun-member Corto Maltez (aka CDS)."

Dramatic 70's Crime TV Theme Music by Gianni Fallabrino, Now On Vinyl

"Amazing Broadway/Microfon Music Library production from 1970s. Promo-only edition very tough to find by the eclectic maestro Gianni Fallabrino and his band. Musically unknown Library LP composed for Giallo/Poliziesco TV series or related Action/Crime Soundtracks with frantic super-moody vibes all over. Incredible variety of themes for Background music purpose: Dramatic moody beats, Romantic/Easy Listening moments, Oriental/Pastorale moods, floating and mysterious cinematic sounds, plodding and pounding music with Industrial rhythmic beats. Comes with original Edizioni CARAMBA stickers on front and back."

"Promo-only super scarce Library LP and very obscure TV Library production by Gianni Fallabrino. Comes housed in generic Intersong sleeve with "Illustrative Music for Radio-TV-Cinema-Audio-Visuals". Spaced-out killing jam of Dramatic Beats, cinematic dope Easy Tempo, deep Fuzzy and Psychedelic moments, Jazz Avant-garde, sweet Bossa and Moody sounds all over! According to our sources, this session was probably recorded during the '70s along with the other Fallabrino's albums despite release date present on labels (1984). Record comes still factory sealed so we couldn't make a rip, but here's a superb 12-minutes soundclip"

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