The Robert Glasper Experiment Unleashes New Single “Day To Day”

The Robert Glasper Experiment just unleashed their 2nd single from their highly anticipated new album ArtScience due out September 16. As if it’s possible to get even more excited about this album, “Day To Day” sends me right over the edge. With Casey Benjamin on lead vox “Day To Day” is reminiscent of the funk/soul/jazz driven albums of Herbie Hancock in the 70s. Think Herbie Hancock Sunlight and Monster. And as per usual, Mr. Glasper owns the keys and caresses them with his signature loving touch. Check out the single below and grab the album September 16. Also check your favorite online retail outlet to place your pre-order.

 

 

 

 

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A Tribute To Donald Byrd Tee + FREE Tribute Mix CD

Donald Byrd Tribute Tee + Tribute Mix CD

The Funk N Soul of Donald Byrd Mixed by DJ ConscienceThe Funk N Soul of Donald Byrd Mixed by DJ Conscience

Purchase the new Skoolwerk Apparel Love Byrd Tee and get a FREE Donald Byrd Tribute Mix CD! The Funk N Soul of Donald Byrd Mixed by DJ Conscience.
You can’t buy this compilation in stores and there hasn’t been anything in the market place that combines 80s (Isaac Hayes produced) Donald Byrd and 70s (Mizell Brothers produced) Donald Byrd. The Harlem -based DJ Conscience brings both eras together for this funk n soul Donald Byrd tribute mix presented by Skoolwerk Apparel.

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Liner Notes:

‘Love Byrd’ celebrates the work and legacy of trumpeter Donald Byrd. From hard-bop to jazz/soul/funk, Donald Byrd took jazz and jazz listeners to another space in the 70s and early 80s. In 1981 Donald Byrd along with his 125th Street, N.Y.C. band released the soulful, jazz-tinged “Love Byrd” LP produced by the legendary Isaac Hayes. By the late 90s “Love Byrd” became a highly sought after rare groove classic LP by DJs and rare groovers worldwide. By the 80s Donald Byrd had already transitioned from his hard-bop jazz roots to a more soul/funk groove. That transition and groove can be credited to his collaborations with the Mizell Brothers (Blue Note Records) in the 70s.

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Get Ready To Roll With Jazz/Funk Trumpeter Farnell Newton

 Farmell Newton - Ready To Roll

After years of touring, recording and performing with the likes of Jill Scott, Bootsy Collins, Mike Phillips, Liv Warfield and the DooDoo Funk All-Stars, soul/jazz/funk trumpeter Farnell Newton is Ready To Roll!  The modern funkster and educator is part of a bubbling Portland music scene that boasts some of the finest young soul/jazz/funk artists in music today. Let’s just say Portland artists are kicking butt and taking names when it comes to building their scene and taking it Worldwide!

On Ready To Roll, Farnell’s newest album, the trumpeter delivers a rich batch of funk, soul and contemporary jazz with a signature style of playing we’re becoming more and more familiar with. Farnell can smooth it out just as well as he can funk it up!  Farnell has also invited several of his friends along for the ride!  Guest vocalists include Ashley Jayy, Donyea Goodman, Jerrod Lawson, Tony Ozier and Cleveland P. Jones.

Stream and purchase the album below and we guarantee you’ll love the artistry of Farnell Newton! Spread the word!

New Arrival – Red Clay 1970 Tee

Red Clay 1970Liner Notes:

RED CLAY 1970 was inspired by the soul-jazz-funk-fusion that became the Freddie Hubbard trademark sound as a CTI recording artist.  Freddie Hubbard’s Red Clay album was recorded and released in 1970 and was his first album on Creed Taylor’s CTI label. Red Clay marked his shift from Blue Note bebop to CTI soul-jazz-funk-fusion. The album would also define Freddie Hubbard’s music direction as a CTI recording artist for much of the 70s as well as set the template and the tone for all future CTI artists and recordings.

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The Revelations – The Cost Of Living

The Revelations - The Cost Of Living

As  The Revelations prepare to release their latest offering, The Cost Of Living (Decision/Sony RED) on April 29, lead singer Rell Gaddis sits down to discuss the band’s classic soul influences.  Since they first came on the scene in 2008 with their Deep Soul EP (Decision), Brooklyn, NY’s The Revelations have represented the raw essence of classic soul, funk and blues with a sharp modern edge—one which shows reverence for the masters, but with a uniquely modern sensibility.

On The Cost Of Living, Rell Gaddis assumes the lead vocal duties previously provided by Tre Williams. This is by no means Rell’s debut with The Revelations, however. Rell has been part of the group’s writing team from their onset, and performed with the band for years, even contributing lead vocals to “It’s Too Late” from their 2009 album The Bleeding Edge (Decision).   Since being signed to Jay-Z’s Roc-a-fella Records back in 1997, Rell has had a prolific singing and writing career, creating his own records, as well as penning and lending vocals to songs featuring artists Usher (Rell wrote Usher’s #1 RnB Hit “Here I Stand”), Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mary J Blige, and many more.

This workman-like mentality is pervasive throughout the band as well. The Revelations feature Wes Mingus on guitar, Gintas Janusonis on drums, and newcomer Ben Zwerin on bass. Each accomplished performing and session musicians in their own right, The Revelations have combined to provide music for icons such as the Wu-Tang Clan and Lee “Scratch” Perry, as well as soul royalty Otis Clay, Willie Clayton, Benny Latimore, and Swamp Dogg. 

Check out who Rell says influenced the band and the creation of The Cost Of Living album.

Visit http://therevelations.bandcamp.com/ to preview and pre-Order The Revelations The Cost Of Living on CD/Digital/Vinyl and Deluxe Fan Bundle Packs.

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 The Cost Of Living In Stores and Online April 29, 2014