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Robert Glasper & DJ Bowls Pays Tribute To Jazz Sampling In Hip Hop
Robert Glasper & DJ Bowls Pays Tribute To Jazz Sampling In Hip Hop

"Why do hip-hop producers gravitate toward jazz samples? For a mood, for sonic timbre, for a unique rhythmic component. Swing is a precursor to the boom-bap. "If you're a hip-hop producer that wants a lot of melodic stuff happening," pianist Robert Glasper says, "you're probably going to go to jazz first."

Glasper has lived in an area of overlap between jazz and hip-hop for more than two decades — and you can hear it in his piano playing, which often drifts into cyclical rhythms akin to a beat-maker's loops. It's all one and the same to Glasper: recasting the music of Miles Davis for an R&B audience or rocking live shows with Q-Tip; playing acoustic jazz with his trio or streamlined soul with his Grammy-winning Robert Glasper Experiment.

In this short doc, Glasper identifies three jazz samples, from tracks by Ahmad Jamal and Herbie Hancock, that have served as source material for famed hip-hop producers J Dilla and Pete Rock." - NPR


"Live 60-minute mix of over 50 J Dilla jazz samples, aimed at the fans who want to know everything the man ever used. All tracks are ripped from 100% original vinyl. Enjoy and RIP Dilla – STILL NUMBER ONE." - Bowls

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