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Blue Note Calls Vibraphonist Joel Ross The Most Thrilling For His Debut LP "KingMaker"

"“I never had a doubt that I was going to do music,” says Joel Ross, 23 years old and the most thrilling new vibraphonist in America. “My whole life it was just about finding a way to do it.” In the past few years, keeping up with all of those ways has, for aficionados, turned into a virtuosic practice unto itself. The Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based player and composer has a way of being everywhere interesting at once: from deeply innovative albums (Makaya McCraven’s Universal Beings, Walter Smith III & Matthew Stevens’ In Common) to reliably revolutionary combos (Marquis Hill’s Blacktet, Peter Evans’ Being & Becoming) to the buzzing debut of Blue Note’s 2018 breakout star James Francies (Flight).

Even with his own bands—which include quartets and a large ensemble dedicated to works of and in-the-style-of Ornette Coleman and the Keith Jarrett’s American Quartet—Ross is basically a living blur of mallets and talent and ideas." - Blue Note Records

NY Lyricist Rome Streetz Provides Your Hip Hop Fix Once Again On "Noise Kandy 3"

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Portraying a trapper's dream and the life of a fiend like Charlie Sheen, "Noise Kandy 3" visualizes an MC living life on the scales of a triple beam. Get your dose of ear candy as this sharp lyricist pushes it to the limit like Scarface in the art of drug-fueled street poetry. Order your copy here at Bandcamp

Musician @lackofafromusic Teams With @loopmasters For "Organic Soul Vol 2" Sample Kit

When it's time to get high-quality sample loops, stems and hits for your samples library of the funkiest degree, look no further than Freestyle Records musician Lack Of Afro. Co-signed by production legends such as Madlib and Pete Rock, LOA aka Adam Gibbons brings a variety of flavor on his 2019 sample kit "Organic Soul Vol 2".

For an 803MB pack, LOA brings ace musicians, vintage analog gear and most importantly unique talent and an ear for all things funky and soulful. From the first few seconds, it's clear "Organic Soul Vol 2" is the real deal which celebrates a distinctive sound reminiscent of our most celebrated samples and breaks from the crates.

Dig in and taste the raw flavor of "Organic Soul Vol 2", a collection of 56 loops composed and performed by LOA and his band. The pack includes separate stems of each loop so you can utilize percussion, bass, guitar, organ, horns and more instruments to your liking.

Adam Gibbons - bass, guitars, keys, drums, percussion, saxophones, production
George Cooper - keys
Matt Carter - keys
Elliott Cole - vocals
Rory Simmons - trumpets
Steve Down - guitars
Nick Radford - guitars

MoonChild's Amber Navran Takes It Easy With AshRock, Drops "Speak Up" Instrumentals

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Let everyday be easy breezy like the feeling of warm weather as the lovely voice of Amber Navran meets AshRock on "Early Summer". Two forces of progressive R&B/Jazz fusion unite for the perfect pair as a blissful groove and images of happiness soothe your soul. If you are already familiar with the music of MoonChild and are just discovering AshRock, prepare for a nice treat by listening to the pleasant sounds of their catalog.

For a further dose of soulful relaxation, Amber lets loose the instrumentals from her 2017 "Speak Up EP".

In A Psychic Approach To Soul Music, Musician Jachary Imagines His "Telepathic Woman"

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Love is deep like the human mind as musician Jachary taps into a new way of thinking when it comes to the way a man imagines his significant other in song. "Telepathic Woman" transmits thoughts of romance to your speaker in a groovy way as Jachary uses his sixth sense to make you move. From his summer 2019 album "Loops Of Life".

For Summer 2019, GLOW365 Digitally Reissues eLZhi's Rare Project "Out Of Focus"

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Hear the sounds of a young buck itchin' to buzz as record label GLOW365 presents an early project by Detroit lyrical beast eLZhi. Before his rhyme scheme evolved during the later years of Slum Village, "Out Of Focus" showcases eLZhi like you heard him flow on "Fantastic Vol. 2" and Dilla's "Come And Get It". Enjoy a newly-released digital version of this album which goes for over $100 on CD or cassette on Discogs.

LIVE at Custom Vintage Keys Presents A Host Of Emerging Musical Talent

Love to hear the talent of musicians coming through vintage gear? Custom Vintage Keys offers a moment of analog escapism as new leaders of music get down in a live setting. From Nigel Hall of Lettuce to Prince collaborator Judith Hill, Vulfpeck's Joey Dosik and more, CVK have got more than enough ear candy in store. Enjoy these couple of highlights and check for more performances at their YouTube channel.

Young Jazz Scholars Frisson Deliver A Series Of Thrills On 2nd LP "Cast"

"An appealing new voice on the jazz scene with beautiful melodic sensitivity and intricately crafted percussion”

-Marshall Smith, The Idyllwild Town Crier, CA

"Frisson is​ ​an​ ​eight​ ​piece​ ​instrumental​ ​collective​ ​formed​ ​in​ 2015​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Oberlin Conservatory​ ​of​ ​Music and led by composer and vibraphonist Matt DiBiase. Comprised​ ​of​ ​graduates​ ​and​ ​current​ ​students​ ​of​ ​Oberlin,​ ​the​ ​Juilliard School,​ the ​Berklee​ ​Global​ ​Jazz​ ​Institute​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Brubeck​ ​Institute,​ ​its​ members​ ​currently​ ​reside throughout​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States,​ ​the​ Bahamas​ ​and​ ​Germany.​ With​ ​influences​ ​ranging​ ​from​ ​jazz​ ​and hip​ ​hop​ ​to​ ​funk​ ​and​ ​electronic​ ​music,​ ​the​ ​band's​ ​live​ ​performances​ feature​ ​hypnotic​ ​grooves, exhilarating​ ​solos​ ​and​ ​thoughtfully​ crafted​ ​original​ ​compositions.​ ​

The​ ​group's​ ​sound​ ​reflects many​ ​of​ ​today’s​ ​preeminent​ ​genre-crossing​ ​artists​ ​including​ ​Snarky​ ​Puppy,​ ​Hiatus​ Kaiyote,​ ​the Christian​ ​Scott​ ​Quintet​ ​and​ ​Moonchild. Frisson released its debut EP in 2017 and has since toured the material across the United States West Coast, Midwest and Western Canada. In June of 2019 they will release their second studio album, Cast, and tour extensively throughout the country."

Matt DiBiase
Chase Kuesel
Patrick Graney
Eli Heath
Michael Orenstein
Sara Sithi-Aminoi / Giveton Gelin
Nathan Rice
Tenor Sax
Emmett Sher / Russell Gelman-Sheehan
Selected Performance History
Calgary Jazz Festival (Calgary, AB Canada 2018)

Cherry Red Presents Solo Debut Of Psychedelic Rocker Rosalie Cunningham

"Ever since her critically acclaimed former band Purson played their final gig in late 2016, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rosalie Cunningham has been working on solo material for this, her debut album. Across eight genre-spanning tracks, fans will be able to hear the incredible progression in both style and substance. With psychedelic roots still firmly in place, her music is still chock full of the drama and performance that typified her previous work, alongside an evolution in her song writing craft; this album shows off the growth as a writer in the past two years." Cherry Red Records

Pre-order the album here, dropping late July 2019.

Libretto, Buscrates & Vursatyl Help You To Maintain Through "The Struggle"

"No pretense, just skills. The duo of Libretto & Buscrates represent a convergence of emcee and production mastery. They are students of Hip-Hop and are thoroughly committed to both its preservation and progression. Their new masterpiece, "Eternal Ridin'" fully and uncompromisingly represents Hip-Hop in its purest form, while updating the sound and pushing the culture forward.

Eternal Ridin' is a true LP. From "Sentences" with its vivid 1st hand description of life in federal prison, to "Stuck in Time" which details a love and connection to music, every song has its place, and every song tells its own story. Yet, there is an overarching theme, one of redemption and standing strong in the face the struggle. The struggle that is universally understood, and the unique struggle of what it means to be oppressed in America.

Libretto brings a veteran's presence to each song, approaching every track with a unique flow and cadence. Buscrates' production provides full sonic soundscapes flavored with virtuoso touches that only become apparent upon repeated listens. By pairing undeniably raw raps with refined song composition and production expertise, "Eternal Ridin'" provides one of the freshest examples of rap music's enduring power as an art form." - Liquid Beat Records

Pop-Soul Band 213 Couldn't Be Happier On Their Debut "Three Little Words"

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From the award-winning minds of Guy Thomas, Bill Meyers, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Neil Stubenhaus deliver a vibe of love and happiness you're sure to remember. With a blissful 80's Pop-Soul approach, 213 share a reflective expression of the heart that is compelling, uplifting and groovy.

Drift Away With The Dreamy Electro-Jazz Of The Band Kinkajous On "Loke"

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Kinkajous' debut album 'Hidden Lines' is a compelling mix of tonalities and influences, drawn from their London home. The band has condensed their diverse experiences from across the artistic spectrum – orchestral to jazz, world and electronic – into a transcendental exploration of sound and time. "Loke" concludes the album on a marvelous note as Kinkajous allow you to drift away to the tune of a blissful electro-Jazz arrangement.

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