So we're back with podcast number two of our fortnightly series and now I have the privilege of hosting this one. I've basically selected a load of my favorites be them brand new or something previously released that still tugs a little something within me when I hear them. Overall, this is imy take on what I consider to be some of the best and most dedicated Jazzhoppers that my ears have been lucky enough to witness. I hope you're all enjoying these podcasts as much as the Jazz Jousters Tributes we've been putting out over the last month or so. Lots more to come, we'll be dropping podcasts and more tributes to download bi-weekly (a release every Saturday).
The Jazz Jousters return with a follow up to their ‘Chet Baker Tribute EP’ as they have just completed Lab Off session #2 to showcase some of the group’s talent and love of Hip Hop Jazz and Jazz orientated music.
However, this time the Jousters are paying homage to the late great Bob Brookmeyer, and as a sample source they used his version of the classic ‘Misty’, which Bob (Valve Trombone) played alongside the likes of Stan Getz (tenor sax), Gary Burton (vibraphone), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums), all of whom made up the ‘Bob Brookmeyer Sextet’ in 1964.
Once again we have a mix of talented international producers such as; Mr. Moods & Erik Jackson, Diligent Fingers, Skinnista, Joe Davies, DRTYDRDZ, Gadget, Elyon, Es-K, B 3 N B i & Blue Buttonz.
‘Misty’ also features vocals from Emma Louise, Gadget & Awakening Dawn on the closing track which makes this the first project to incorporate some of the vocal artists within the Millennium Jazz online community that is, The Jazz Jousters.
As a member of Millennium Jazz and the Jazz Jousters group, I was inspired to present a selection of first quality Jazz Hip Hop beats and tracks. As a lifetime jazz lover, I view Jazz Hip Hop as a springboard to keep Hip Hop fresh and Jazz alive and current. I'll be followed by other Jazz Jousters members in the coming weeks. Please check them out too and see where our diverse backgrounds and personalities lead us all.
There's an interesting new series called 'Crate Diggers' where some of the scenes dedicated Diggers are talking about various things from how they started, what they used or like Pete Rock they simply had a good old "reminisce" (see what I did there lol) on the adventures of tracking down various pieces of vinyl.
'Almost Blue’ is an EP in tribute to the great Chet Baker from the members of Millennium Jazz’s online community that is the Jazz Jousters group. With their shared love of Jazzhop and Jazz orientated music the group was inspired by Chet Baker’s ‘Almost Blue’ and decided to have a lab off session using the classic song as a sample.
The project features versions from the likes of international beatsmiths such as, Mr. Moods, DRTYDRDZ, Joe Davies, Blue Buttonz, Gadget & B 3 N B I who all bring various ingredients and leave us with this flavorful little dish on the table for the taking.
‘Almost Blue’ is the first and probably not the last mass collaboration project to come from the Jazz Jousters group as this was a result of only a small number of their community of musicians, poets, emcees, Dee Jays, producers and music lovers.
R.I.P Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker, Jr. (December 23, 1929 – May 13, 1988