Sunday Music: Kenny Beats – Best Since Dilla?!

I’m not a big instrumental hip-hop guy. And while there are some vocals and other things on here, I haven’t been this into an album in this space since Dilla.  If you need some semi-background music to vibe to, throw this on. Magic. Kenny Beats, give me more.  It’s a 33 minutes album and you … Continue reading Sunday Music: Kenny Beats – Best Since Dilla?!

Sunday Music: Children’s Story

Kehlani’s new track, “wish i never” is good. But what got me to pay attention, if I’m being perfectly honest, is the “Children’s Story” sample. Here’s the Kehlani track and few other children of children’s story for your (nostalgic) browsing: https://youtu.be/R_XMS45-kl8 https://youtu.be/HjNTu8jdukA https://youtu.be/0hiUuL5uTKc https://youtu.be/2CagQFPm3JY https://youtu.be/vlfCeyhl9pQ

Sunday Music: Dilla Time

Dilla changed music. But don’t listen to me, listen to Don Charnas. Start with this incredible interview he just did with Jesse Thorn on the Bullseye podcast, and then check out his new book, Dilla Time.  And, if you’re like me, spend the next few days revisiting Donuts and his other stuff. I wrote about … Continue reading Sunday Music: Dilla Time

Sunday Music: Leikeli47’s “Ladies Love Cool Jewelry”

Leikeli47 is back, still covering her face, and making her form of anonymous musical magic. There’s some great rapping, excellent R&B (I didn’t see this coming, but, OK - this girl can sing), and delightful hooks to keep me going back to this album.  Maybe she can continue to be the more-underground, masked Lizzo we … Continue reading Sunday Music: Leikeli47’s “Ladies Love Cool Jewelry”

Sunday Music: Jazz At Harvard with Wynton Marsalis

Did you know Wynton Marsalis’ Harvard lecture series, “Hidden in Plain View” is on YouTube? I didn't. Get some music. Get some philosophy. Get some of that Marsalis magic in your soul.  I was lucky enough to see him give a masterclass circa 2004. Now, I’ve seen my share of music masterclasses and most of them … Continue reading Sunday Music: Jazz At Harvard with Wynton Marsalis

Sunday Music: Revisiting Buena Vista Social Club

I’ve been on a music documentary kick and revisiting some old favorites. Buena Vista Social Club may not have turned me onto Latin jazz in the 1990s, but it certainly cemented my appreciation.  Rewatching the film the other weekend, it’s such a different experience with another 20+ years of life in the rearview. Ry Cooder … Continue reading Sunday Music: Revisiting Buena Vista Social Club

Sunday Music: Remembering Betty Davis

Talk about a short career with a massive impact. Betty Davis recorded 4 albums in about as many years. She played with the best musicians of the time. She married Miles Davis. She wrote. She produced. She killed.  And then, she retired. She packed her bags, moved to Pittsburgh, and a few weeks ago she … Continue reading Sunday Music: Remembering Betty Davis